Does Google Still Provide Relevant Search Results? [Poll]

You know that you have developed something big when your service becomes a verb. While there are plenty of search engines on the scene, it’s Google more often than not is the preferred choice. We don’t Bing or Yahoo for information. We “Google” it. But is the service still the same after all these years? Are the search results provided by Google still relevant?

Google is constantly updating its search algorithm and added many factors that were non-existent a year back. Yet, it seems that the search results are showing more of its own services, like YouTube, Google+, rather than the results that you are really interested in. How many times does the website you are looking for pop up in the first few results, after the requisite ads, of course?

Are you finding that you have to comb through page after page of results to find what you’re looking for, or do you find relevant results just as quickly as you always have? Let us know in this week’s poll: are the Google search results still as relevant as they always were?

Here are the results of last week’s poll:

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While half of those responding to the poll are going to replace Google Reader with Feedly, nearly a quarter of the responders are going to use a different RSS reader not mentioned in the poll. They cited other readers such as Liferea, g2reader, and even Firefox, although no one result grabbed a lot of attention. The result to grab the the second most results is The Old Reader, and even that only garnered just over ten percent of the votes.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

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  1. Google’s results quality took a huge hit when they stopped AND-ing the search terms by default. You typed those search terms for a reason but unless you remember to type your own ANDs, you may or may not get the results.

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