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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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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 ;)])

  3. 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.

  4. 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! 🙂

  5. 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.

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