SITE REVIEW: Seach Engine

  • lucky
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hi,
Please review my search engine - http://www.ilumu.com
I will be happy to accept suggestions.
Thanks
  • Littlej
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Post 3+ Months Ago

As the search is powered by google, what does your site offer that google or any other search engine does not? I know you've got a video there but it just seems kind of random. Maybe add somthing that other search engines do not have, can't think of an example right now though.

Sorry if I'm coming across harsh, I just don't see many people wanting to use it since they could just use Google straight up which is (obviously) very well established.
  • lucky
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yeh i get your point there.
i can't think of anything else to put there besides the random video either :S
anyone got any suggestions?
thanks
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simply but looking excellent thought
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the first thing to ask yourself when making a site is why people would come to your site? What does it offer? I wouldn't go to this site myself, why would other people?
  • lucky
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hmmm... i do get your point
but what should i add or get rid off to improve it?
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I like the inspirational quote idea!
  • metros
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How you will promote it? nothing new...
  • lucky
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thanks vitalink.
metros, i did use yahoo search marketing but that was no good.
i've not really advertised it majorly, as i don't know what the best thing to do is.
i was looking into banner exchange though
  • joss.shen
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The site looks clean and neat, but I don't think I will go to your site to search something on web instead of "Google it".
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looks good and clean bit agree withother people- need something eye-catching so the person would like to use your search engine instead of google or yahoo etc
  • lucky
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yeh
does anyone know what i should change or add though
i know people will tend to stick to google so the site will need to be different in some way to attract users... but how...
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simply but looking excellent thought
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I like it, bcz is simple and can be asey to learn!1
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need more details,

why would someone choose ilumu over google
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hey,
100mb any ideas what i should change to attract more ppl
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so... any suggestions please?
  • lucky
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thanks for the pm jon.
i will look into redesigning it later and recreate a new wet logo, for web 2.0 feel.
but i mean more in terms of content? what should i change
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I agree with the comments above around the site being unique. I'm not sure what it offers over Google. The video is a nice touch but could this be geared after the search so it would so show some relevant content to the search?

Nice though..
  • lucky
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i think it just needs more promotion.
anyone interested in banner exchange?
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I agree with the above. Google has all sorts of things to search for (video, images, text). Possibly pick a specialty? I don't know if that can be done being powered by google, but maybe give it some kind of specialty to search for....
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music e.g.

http://www.g2p.org/
  • lucky
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that's a nice site,
i was thinking on music as well but looks like it's already been done.
infact everything's already been done!
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or movies..? But then if it has all been done, why actually bother?


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Firstly ... here's something you can fix ... 74 W3C Validation error ... and also no DOCTYPE Found ... to see the Validation results click here ...

In my opinion that random video thing is just distracting visitors away from the actual reason of your site ... searching for something ... I would remove it completely ... but please don't just do it because I said so, it's just my opinion ...

Further than that ... I have nothing that I can say towards your site really ... I like it ...
  • Ecucha
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What is your main idea?. If its a search engine it`s an enemy of Google wich you are already using. So what is the main thinks that you could say "My site is better than... because..., and you should search here".

You may keep the search engine and implement a clasified announcements site. It could give you more users.

There you have an idea!, hope it's helpfull
  • gpyong
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clean and neat design but i dunn't like the logo, it look too "BOXES" , maybe a rounded corner will be better.
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the video kind of interesting. other than that not much caught my eyes. it seems to me you use the video so people stay a while at your site. it would work but you need to put more content. maybe you can use this search engine for your own website not search engine on its own.
  • lucky
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thanks for the ideas people.
i know i need to design a new logo - will do it sometime soon... hopefully
Ecucha, i like the idea of classfied announcements but how would that work?i know the video is a bit random but without it, i would literally have no content... but if i remove everything then it's just another google... argh!
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i think u have made that site only for earning some money ..............try to make it more attractive and with less ads ................use only text ads that will look gud !

anywez ............nice try !
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It's a nice, clean, simple layout, but like everyone has said. What makes a user want to use your search engine over Google, which ironically is your search engine. The only way to have your OWN search engine is to code one yourself, otherwise, you're saying you made that one.
  • wish71
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Really not impressed...

Design is simple but beside that.....

Why a search engine ?

What for?

There are already too many and you are not offering a new one but some powered by.... so same result of google.......
  • celandine
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I love the bit that tells you your internet details (IP address/ host) - how did you do that?

It's so neat :)
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It's a simple PHP script.

<?php
$ipfind = getenv("REMOTE_ADDR");
$httpreffind = getenv ("HTTP_REFERER");
$httpagentfind = getenv ("HTTP_USER_AGENT");

echo "IP: $ipfind<br/>HTTP Referrer: $httpreffind<br/>User Agent: $httpagentfind";
?>

I use it in my contact form XD.
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cool! thanks :) I'll try it out.......
  • lucky
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yeh, as bryce said, very easy piece of code. Thanks also to Jonny for the pm. He found out how to search mp3 songs for free. very useful.

Go to http://www.ilumu.com. Type the following into the search box:

?intitle:index.of? mp3 [artist] [title]

Replace [artist] with the artist/singer/band you’re looking for and [title] with the song title.

For example, typing in:

?intitle:index.of? mp3 queen bohemian rhapsody

gives you all these sources for this song http://www.ilumu.com/search.php?query=% ... y&www=true
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Maby you could add a build in proxy?
or..

Google stores cookies.. make shure the site protect people from cookies and stuff..? haha ? ;)

Make it the most integrety protecting serchengine ever.
Not everyone care about that..
But you will have something that google dosnt offer.. ;)

Remove the movie..

Instead you could have joke of the day..

All love jokes right? =)
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I have a few things to comment on about this site.

The links at the top of the search engine on the top of the page some of them I don't even think work correctly. I am talking about the Bookmark and Make homepage links at the top of the page. These would be o.k. but only if they work right. It would be great to have people want to use your site as their homepage though.

The picture of the day idea is o.k. but on my small monitor that is only 15 inches I have to scroll down a little bit to see the full picture.

Like a few others have said it may be a good idea to pick a topic that lots of people would like and try to focus on that such as movies or music etc. This is also a possible way to add some more content as well. But this must be somewhat focused on a few things instead of a whole bunch of things that may cause people to lose focus while they are on your site. There is a way to have google just search things within your own site or across the web as well I just can't remember it right now.

The exact same links are at the bottom of the page as well. This seems a little redundant to me. Choose where you want the links to be but only have them one place on the page.

There is also another search engine at the bottom of the page. Why would a person want to use that one over the one at the top of the page?

These are just some of my observations and I am not really trying to be overly critical on my very first post. I just found some of the things I mentioned a little annoying and they would probably prevent me from coming back.
  • lucky
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hi there p7
thanks for your options
are you using firefox? i tested it using IE and the bookmark and homepage links work.
i haven't really had time recently to sort out a niche for the site. there are already a lot of music/movies portals, and i don't expect this site to be a big competitor, although i would like to generate a little revenue from it (to cover hosting and domain fees)!
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One other quick thing. I am not getting any results when I type in words in the search engine at the top of the page. I think that this would really annoy people as well because it is the main feature at the top of the page.

People use a search engine because they want to go somewhere else. And at the present time this not even happening.
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lucky wrote:
hi there p7
thanks for your options
are you using firefox?


Yes I am using firefox that may be the problem there.

One other thing I just used movies and music as examples. There are many things that a person can talk about on the Internet. :wink:
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SELL some advertising space...
  • lucky
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hi
where should i place the banners, and how much should i charge?
thanks
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add some unique content to your site

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