Hey ‘site:reddit.com’ crowd,
there’s a better way to search Reddit…
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This week, a blog post entitled “Google Search Is Dying” went viral, detailing how the search results have deteriorated because of the proliferation of advertisements and SEO sites.
Here’s an excerpt from the blog written by DKB:
If you’ve tried to search for a recipe or product review recently, I don’t need to tell you that Google search results have gone to s—t. You would have already noticed that the first few non-ad results are SEO optimized sites filled with affiliate links and ads.
Google still gives decent results for many other categories, especially when it comes to factual information. You might think that Google results are pretty good for you, and you have no idea what I’m talking about.
What you don’t realize is that you’ve been self-censoring yourself from searching most of the things you would have wanted to search. You already know subconsciously that Google isn’t going to return a good result.
DKB asserts that Reddit is now the most popular search engine. However, the author notes that since Reddit’s search functionality isn’t up to par, more people have resorted to appending “site:reddit.com” to their searches to bypass the ads and SEO.
Time for a new search engine
But the “site:reddit.com” hack is more evidence of how frustrating it has become to find any relevant search results — results explicitly from real people and not from advertisers and marketing agencies playing the SEO game!
And that’s why there’s no better time for a new search engine to solve this problem. It’s why we launched you.com — a search engine that puts you in control of your time, your sources, and your privacy.
With you.com, you no longer have to resort to typing “site:reddit.com” to find what you want. We let you customize your search by setting your preferred sources.
See more results from Reddit, other sites 👍
Want more Reddit results? With an account, you can set that preference with a thumbs up — the same goes for other environments like GitHub, StackOverflow, Twitter, Quora, and many others. If you want to see less of something, give it a thumbs down, and if you’re indifferent, there is no need to do anything.
We’ll always surface relevant results when you search, but we organize relevant results by similar sources and sort them so that you see relevant results from sources you prefer more first, sources with no preference second, and sources you prefer less only at the end.
We’ve also reimagined the look and feel of the search experience, and it’s no longer a list of blue links with a bunch of unused blank space. With you.com, you can scroll vertically to a certain source and then scroll horizontally to see even more content from that source. Or, you can jump right to the source you want to see at the top of the page by clicking on the app icon.
Plus, if you see something you like on the results page, upvote it to indicate that you’d like to see more of that source. If you don’t like something, give it a downvote. And if you want even more results, we have more than 150 different search apps that you can trigger in the shortcuts bar without having to do another query.
Finally, like many of you, we’re Reddit fans too. It’s an incredible place to explore, share, and discuss any topic. Reddit has grown into one of the most influential and impressive online communities, with an estimated 430 million monthly active users worldwide. Our YOUsers love Reddit too, and it’s one of the most used search apps on you.com right now. See for yourself.
Create a free account on you.com, set your personal preferences, and search. And if you want that extra layer of privacy, click on the private mode in a single click at any time where nothing is stored or tracked. We’ll never sell your data or force privacy-invading targeted ads no matter what mode you use.