With Sensis obviously spending the entire national debt of most third world nations on advertising their “search engine for Australians”, I got curious as to what they return for queries about me, given that I am an Australian, living in Australia. It seemed relevant as well because of recent discussions about the Pandora archive here. They did return results, but none for the “results about Australia column”. So, let’s try some other queries:
A search for G’Day world (an Australian podcast) returned a bunch of Australian blog entries, all from sites ending in .au (so, ironically not the G’Day world site itself). A search for Linux Australia seemed to do the right thing, but their domain is an .org.au.
I checked my traffic logs. A user agent claiming to be from Sensis hasn’t crawled my site this week, and I have no entries for them in the referrer logs either.
So, I surmise from this that Sensis is reselling someone else’s results, and doing the equivalent of a site:.au at the end of the query to get the Australian column, which seems like the most ham fisted way possible to return that kind of result set? So, apart from propping up advertising providers, Sensis doesn’t appear to have much to contribute to the search space.