Cuil – One to Watch

According to research conducted this week by us here at StatCounter, the new search engine Cuil is one to watch.

Cuil, launched on Monday July 28th, could be a significant rival to Google. After just one day, Cuil accounted for 1 in every 1000 searches done on Tuesday.

Aodhan Cullen, CEO and founder of StatCounter said, “This is phenomenal when you consider that Altavista, a search engine founded in 1995, accounted for just 6 in 10,000 searches.”

Cullen continued, “We monitor over 100 search engines and Cuil was in the top ten in US, UK and Ireland. When you consider that over 90 other search engines (e.g. go, excite,, lycos) combined accounted for just 1.54% of searches on Tuesday – Cuil with its 0.1% share on the market inside 24 hours is doing extremely well.”

On Tuesday Cuil accounted for:

  • 1 in 1,000 searches globally and in the US
  • 1 in 500 searches in the UK
  • 1 in every 400 searches in Ireland

Note: This information is based on a sample of over 25 million page views globally.

Press queries to StatCounter PR Agency:
Mary O’Brien/Jacinta Ryan – Simpson FTPR

UPDATE – 3 August 2008
Thanks for all the comments and interest so far folks!

It does appear that Cuil is having some “teething troubles”, but hopefully they will manage to work these out soon. It’s a brand new search engine – let’s give it a chance!

Some of you have mentioned how the high traffic that Cuil has received is as a result of an impressive PR and marketing campaign. We agree! Regardless of the reason, however, we believe that interest in Cuil has been unexpectedly high. Of course, we have to wait and see how the engine performs in the future, but the stats so far have been interesting anyway. Without initial stats, how could we compare how Cuil fares in the weeks and months ahead?

In our opinion, and for a variety of reasons, Cuil remains “one to watch” – whether we will be watching a meteoric rise or a slow descent remains to be seen… Further to some of your suggestions, though, we would be delighted to update you with more stats on how Cuil is doing in the coming weeks – we’ll keep you posted! 😉

64 comments on “Cuil – One to Watch

  1. Agree with archshrk this is one to be careful of. There are reports of webmasters blocking the bots because it visits sites so much it chews through bandwidth. Having taken more than just a cursory look at it the results I found returned were appalling – showing page after page of results pulled from the same indexed page doesnt make it an intuitive engine at all and in this day an age when engine technology is far better understood than when Google first started out, that’s a big no-no in my book.

    So far, not impressed and over hyped. (btw, great counter and first post here 😉 )

  2. I looked at Cuil and so far I am underwhelmed. Some of the links were very old. Several had graphics that did not match the site.

    Oh well, it’s brand new. There are obviously a few bugs and kinks to iron out. Maybe it will improve.

  3. I like the visual approach, but the columns drive me crazy…plus, the results are not so relevant. Their algorithm needs some serious work. I suppose the hype comes from the new format.

  4. Just took a look at it — nothing special about the results. I’m also skeptical about their supposedly enormous database size, considering that several of my sites which rank well in Google don’t even seem to be indexed in Cuil.

    They’ve already lied about their name, and my guess is they’re all hype and no substance. There are thousands of useless little search engines around. This is just one more.

  5. cuil used 30 million bucks to build data base while ignoring robots.txt and media hype. its a flash in the pan unless more money thrown at it. and yes mostly useless search redults.

  6. When Google started 10 years ago their search results were also disastrous…….it will be interesting to see how Cuil modifies their search results during the coming year.

  7. Yeah I’d like to know how many searches Cuil has the Tuesday of next week — I’m guessing it will plummet dramatically.

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