How many times do you use search engines every time you go online? And during such occurrences, how many times do you notice that search results you find look strange, funny, if not outright weird?
Here are some of those you might have come across already.
1. search engine
When you talk about search engine, what comes to my mind first? (Hint, hint: it’s now even a verb at Oxford English Dictionary.) I know Altavista is also a search engine, but why is it ahead of Google, Live Search or Yahoo!?
2. find chuck norris
This is not something out of Google’s sophisticated algorithms but the handiwork of someone who doesn’t want anybody to find Chuck Norris, the American martial arts star. Go to Google and look at the first search result or to go directly there, click on “I’m Feeling Lucky” button.
About.com is a popular portal with about 4.11 million pages indexed in Google. For misspelled queries, Google even provides a suggestion “Did you mean: about.com”. But when you click on the suggestion or type in “about.com”, pfft… Only the homepage shows up. If bbc.com, dell.com or amazon.com shows thousands of pages on search results, why a site with comparable site like about.com be deprived of these results other than its homepage?
One source of funny/strange/weird keywords is the keyword list within your server logs or web analytics tools. Some of which may prompt you to scratch your head and ask “how did my Website got found with this keyword?”.
Probably there are boatloads of other terms that produce even funnier or more strange search results. But maybe we can leave them for another blog post.