Cuil – Latest Stats

Hi folks,

Following on from your suggestions, we have been keeping an eye on the usage stats for the new search engine Cuil. Unfortunately, we have been watching a quick decline rather than a steep ascent to success!

Despite an impressive start, stats for Cuil have been falling steadily. It’s unfortunate that the engine couldn’t capitalise on the initial interest it generated following widespread media coverage, and it remains to be seen if and how Cuil plans to tempt many disgruntled users back to the site as the index improves. It looks like the folks at Cuil have some tough work ahead of them.

In the meantime, please find below the latest stats for Cuil – these figures show the % of searches performed using Cuil relative to the total number of searches performed.

Globally US UK
Jul 29 0.10%
(1 in 1,000)
(1 in 1,000)
(1 in 500)
Jul 30 0.11% 0.12% 0.19%
Jul 31 0.08% 0.09% 0.10%
Aug 01 0.06% 0.07% 0.10%
Aug 02 0.05% 0.07% 0.09%
Aug 03 0.04% 0.04% 0.08%
Aug 04 0.03% 0.04% 0.06%
Aug 05 0.03%
(3 in 10,000)
(1 in 2,500)
(1 in 2,000)
Aug 06 0.03% 0.03% 0.05%
Aug 07 0.02% 0.03% 0.01%
Aug 08 0.02% 0.02% 0.01%
Aug 09 0.02% 0.03% 0.01%
Aug 10 0.01% 0.02% 0.01%

Note: This information is based on a total sample for the period of over 365 million page views globally.

95 comments on “Cuil – Latest Stats

  1. My two main issues with Cuil

    1) I did not like their results layout, difficult to read and browse

    2) Put my name in (I’m a writer with multiple sites) on Google and you get thousands of hits. Put it in on Cuil and it gets no hits. That means either their page collection methods are incomplete, or I don’t exist. Rene Descartes suggests I do.

    I am actually an old AltaVista partisan from way back, who only grudgingly went to Google as it became more powerful…winning tme over to yet another engine will require it to be better, not inferior.

  2. The layout is just way busier than it needs to be. Also, I typed in the name of a website, and it didn’t find it. But it found one site that referred to it. That’s just not useful to me. As Danny says, I think it was the PR that worked, because of the many search pages I’ve seen, this is one of the worst.

  3. Take a google search result, add more text to each entry and maybe a related picture, and then put it in 3 columns; that’s the impression I got from cuil.

    Google grabbed the top spot from Altavista years ago with their innovative ranking algorithm that put the most important pages first. There really was a *need* for that. What need is cuil responding to?

  4. My new theory is that Cuil was never intended to be a search engine that delivered relevant results. Instead, I think that the reason for Cuil is to have the biggest index of the internet and then sell that database onto another company like Microsoft search or Yahoo.

    When you look at the profiles of the ex-Google employees at Cuil, their skills are all in the field of creating large indexes/databases and no expertise in extracting relevant results from such an index.

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  6. I actually like Cuil’s website layout better. The colors are a bit harsh but I could get used to it.

    I think the failure occured at the actual searches.

    The main difference between Google and Cuil is that Cuil doesn’t measure CTR, because CTR infringes on your privacy in a way. Cuil wanted to be the search engine of a new era – ethical searching perhaps. The problem is that CTR shows the psychology behind every search – what you actually searched for instead of what spammed its way to the top.

    Cuil will have to find a replacement for this without infringing on peoples privacy. I think it can be done, and I believe cuil does have a future as a google competitor. Hopefully they will figure it out soon.

  7. Any new search engine that wants to take on the big G needs to find something representative of result quality that can’t easily be impacted by those with the resources to skew results.

    Links can be manipulated.
    On page content can be manipulated.
    Search result click behavior can be manipulated.

    It’s a tough game to play!

  8. Unfortunately, Cuil just isn’t putting out good results.

    For example, search for “Jewish Learning Connection”. The first link in the upper left is Cleveland’s Jewish Learning Connection. But it is an old page at an old URL that hasn’t been used since 2006. The current site isn’t found.

    Another link on the first page is the United Methodist Church. Sorry, but that site hasn’t got diddley to do with anything Jewish.

    And all the links are displayed with invalid graphics. Search for “Heights Jewish Center” and you will find some worthwhile links. But the pictures that accompany those links don’t come from the linked sites.

    I wish the good folks at Cuil every success. Competition is the backbone of free enterprise, and competition can spur the established players such as Google and Yahoo to get better. But right now, Cuil is not competitive at all.

  9. What I thought was funny, is that I checked on my key words, and I was listed with a photo from my site. BUT, a lot of the other listings had pictures of my heating pads next to their listing. I thought that Cuil would straighten it out. But now, I am on page 2, and those other sites that are on page one, still have pictures of my products! I guess Cuil loved all of my pictures of my snuggleys! 🙂

  10. I remember seeing a news bit about Cuil on CNN while I was having lunch and the TV was on. The news crew tried to search for “George Washington”, and nothing came up. Then they tried to search for “Rick Sanchez” (the newsanchor at the time), and still nothing came up.

    They couldn’t get anything up with those search strings? When CNN was actually trying to pimp them out as an alternative to Google? No wonder they’re going down.

  11. Statcounter Team,
    i wanted to ask you that can we select the range to check the amount of visitors, locations, other features etc. etc.
    (like we can select the range in summary… cant we do such things in others also [just like analytics ;)])

  12. Excellent to get to see some specific statistics on this new entrants performance. Although this site really seemed more geared to take some market share away from Yahoo (due to its three column image rich results display) I am saddened by another search engine not being able to at least get a foothold in this almost monopolised market.

  13. Hi,

    Thanks for posting these stats – they make interesting reading.
    I hope Cuil will break the monopoly of google – sadly I cannot see it.

    Unfortunately the hype overpowered the end result – I was certainly a little disappointed with the search results Cuil brought up.

    My own website search term “groove sharpener” brought up some very strange sites – although I personally do like the presentation aspect of Cuil.

    We shall see what time brings to us – however I think the reign of the big G will continue unopposed.

  14. “The world’s biggest search engine” is a very bold statement by a company in it’s infancy with many teething problems.
    The layout is very confusing & will definately take a lot of getting used to.
    My website is top of the list on Google for a search of “Hellvellyn” (a purposely mis-spelt Helvellyn) but doesn’t even show in the 19 pages displayed by Cuil. On a search of “hellvellynsviews” only the home page shows, compared to 59 pages indexed by Google & almost as many by the other search engines. Surely if Cuel searches 3 times as many site as Google, all 68 pages would be indexed. If all the other SE search bots can find their way round my site, Cuil’s surely can.
    I’ve found that many search results from Cuil are irrelevent.
    I intend to keep Cuil on my toolbar for the now in the hope that it IS just a case of teething problems.
    All that said, it’d be great to see Google knocked off the top spot!

  15. To me it looks like fall from sky to earth. Cuil may go longer but these reports are not highly encouraging. If you remember looksmart’s crawler eating out the bandwidths led the fallout despite it has greater potential. I am waiting for twiceler to come and see whats happens.

  16. I find myself using CUIL more and more. The search results tend to be more relevant than those of other search engines (Google tossed relevance out the window years ago) and the layout is superb.

    They do still have some problems and the lack of advanced query operators ensures they won’t be my primary search engine for some time. But their work is impressive.

    This is the best entry into search technology that I have ever seen. If they follow historical trends, they’ll probably become a major contender within about 2 years (but I would not bank on them becoming a force in less than a year).

  17. I am not surprise. I tried it just now. Not many results, those that appeared were not what I wanted and the layout was hard to read. Google on the other hand did a great job. Yahoo, while not giving as many results, was also on target. As was I just don’t see what this site is offering, to tell the truth.

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  19. I can see why they are ex Google employees.

    They have no design talent at all. The SERPs are horrible layout wise. The results aren’t much better.

    If Cuil was supposed to be Googles biggest competitor, Google has nothing to worry about.

  20. Cuil just needed to bring two google employees to make it work… Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

    I find it funny when I type my sites address, I get nothing… even though under the search bar… it states…

    “Search 121,617,892,992 web pages”

    and their about page states:

    “Welcome to Cuil—the world’s biggest search engine. The Internet has grown. We think it’s time search did too.”

    If the world’s self proclaimed biggest search engine can’t even find a single URL that every other search engine finds… then I’d say they are lying.

    I don’t like it when people lie to me. It makes me distrust their credibility.

  21. such an ugly name – cuil – i’m sure that has to be part of the problem.
    there’s a new one i’ve seen – a bit buggy at the moment – that flicks through websites like an ipod flicks through album covers. i can’t recall the name – but the future of web browsing, in my books!

  22. I just have tested Cuil.
    1) So, very poor base. I think it will take a lot of time to crowl all the web. Time will show.
    2) Uncomfortebl layout, site prevew taks too much space. Google and Yahoo is bater in this case. But, time will show )))

  23. i’m sure that has to be part of the problem.
    there’s a new one i’ve seen – a bit buggy at the moment – that flicks through websites like an ipod flicks through album covers. i can’t recall the name – but the future of web browsing, in my books!

  24. Unless there is some uniqueness or added value Cuil will not fly as a search engine. Google has 68% and yahoo another 25% of the searches. This doesn’t leave much for the other search engines. With that said, I would like to see someone give Google a run for their money.

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