I am building a Search Engine exclusively for the Security and
eSecurity Community using Google's Coop program.
I would like to NOT include any vendor sites, but just index sites that
are vendor neutral. Would this is be a good strategy or not?
The URL for the search engine is http://www.xml-dev.com
Here are my current guidelines for site inclusion
1) I will NOT include any vendor site (e.g. Cisco, Microsoft, Bluecoat
2) I will check the Netcraft ranking for each suggested URL that I
receive. The site has to rank in <50K to be included in the index.
3) I will also make sure that the site doesn't excessive amount of Ads.
For e.g. I will not include http://www.securitynewsportal.com/index.shtml
As far the inclusion of vendor sites in concerned, I think if one is
searching for some specific information (e.g. install guide) for a
particular product they should probably go to the vendor website or
However if you researching about a technology, lets says IDS, you
really don't need to see the vendor sites. They will, off course, say
that their product is the best in the world. For e.g. search for "Full
Disk Encryption" on Google, and you will see that DriveCrypt and
WinMagic show up in the first 3 results. And they both claim to be
"best in the world" :) And I have tried both, and they are not the best
(to say the least)! ;-) Instead I would like to see what other sites
are saying about these products or "full disk encryption" in general
Note: I am looking for few other people to help me filtering out the
website, and updating the index. Please let me know if anyone is
interested. As always please keep sending your favorite URLs.
I have tons of URLs in my email box, and I will catch up with them (and
reply to the sender) over the weekend :)