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Remote Site Search Services Reports
WebSideStory Search (formerly Atomz)
As of March, 2005, Atomz is being bought by site analytics vendor WebSideStory.
They're combining the services to create a complete set of web publishing
and marketing services, "Active Marketing Suite" . The remote search
service will be renamed "WebSideStory Search" and be available separately.
The company will likely offer improved search analytics.
Atomz Hosted Search will crawl your site and store your info in a remote
database. When someone enters a query in the search form on your site, the
Atomz server application receives the query, formats the results, and sends
them back in an HTML form with links directly to the pages on your site.
Platforms: all Internet-accessible web servers, Intranets as well.
- Free (trial version) for 500 pages, on-demand updates, reports, advertising
- Paid versions:
- $250 to get the advertising removed from the low-end version.
- $15,000 per year and up, depending on the number of domains and page
(price went up as of spring 2003).
- Multiple accounts can index several different sites
- Deep integration with Atomz Content Management System.
- On-demand, schedule or incremental indexing as frequently as every 5 minutes.
- Indexes and searches HTML and text pages.
- Indexes Acrobat (PDF) documents, MP3 tags and Flash files.
- Password access to index protected pages, SSL/HTTPS support.
- Choice of 15 languages for dictionaries and character set encoding: English,
Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Czech, Danish,
Dutch, Portuguese (European), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese,
Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, Slovak and Swedish.
- Good indexing logs and search reports, weekly status report by email
- Relevance ranking weighting options
- Custom synonym and stopword lists
- Advanced Search Form with date and field searching fields.
- Search results page customization with wizards, special tags in an editable
template, or XML.
- Automatic search form object in Dreamweaver
- Easy integration with Apple's Sherlock metasearch client on Mac OS.
- Multiple data centers, server redundancy, 24/7 administration, 99.9% uptime.
- Scales well, to hundreds of thousands of documents.
- Enterprise version
- supports incremental index updating, parallel indexing, and session
- Content Mining Engine uses metadata to provide field searching,
by such elements as author, publisher or ISBN number.
- Target meta tag for additional relevance control of top results, creating
recommendations for specific searches.
- Personalization features, including support for session IDs such as
those used by Broadvision.
- Parallel indexing, up to 10 simultaneous connections.
- Private Domain Labeling places search engine URL within client
- Atomz Promote service integrates site search and Web content
management, allowing search admins and marketing people to site search requests
and add relevant content to search results. Provides a powerful framework
for search recommendations.
- Lighting Search service responds to heavy loads, up to 400 searches
- VPN Solution provides protected access to enterprise content.
- November 2002
- Now indexes Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents
- Extends synonyms from single words to phrases
- Indexes and searches Korean text.
- Can send forms and cookie-based authentication, for protected sites.
- Searches default to matching all words in the query, reducing the number
Reviews and Articles
Content and Search: Perfect Together Intelligent Enterprise, February
15, 2005 by Doug Henschen.
Short coverage of how backcountry.com uses both Atomz search and WebSideStory
site performance tracking.
ease search, checkout procedures Network World, December 15, 2004 by
Describes how important search can be on commerce sites: DoubleClick reported
that 9.3% of all sales in the third quarter of this year came through the
search function on shopping sites, compared with 6.6% a year earlier. This
requires more sophisticated technologies, for example, Endeca
InFront can handle queries such as "Dead Arm Shiraz" on a wine
site, and a clothing vendor found that Atomz easy implementation and
options for searching in subcategories saw a 13% increase in search use. An
online catalog site found a huge number of searches with no matches using
analytics software: by addressing this problem, the company increased conversion
rates for shoppers using the search engine by 25%.
- How new
site search led Maps.com to 20% hike in sales Internet Retailer, October
Implementing Atomz Search allowed Maps.com to recommend
the most successful world maps (those with the lowest return rates) in search
results.This lead to significant improvements in sales in July over June 2004.
E-Commerce to the Next Level. Business Week, August 31, 2004, by Amey
This article describes retailers using Atomz search
suggestions to highlight special promotions.
still haven't found what I'm looking for... Search engine technology works
both ways Newspapers & Technology, December 2002 by Hays Goodman
Describes webwide search engine submission issues, and site search tool for
news sites. Examples are Atomz at Cincinnati.com, which replaced
Netscape and Excite search engines, and was so successful that it is now being
used at many of the Gannett newspaper sites. The Deseret News has used Convera
RetrievalWare from 1998, apparently on both
internal and public sites.
search this InfoWorld, June 3, 2002 by Brian Livingston
Eminent columnist uses Atomz search service at BrianLivingston.com
to make seven years of columns searchable, watch popular topics, and provide
a searchable portal to high-quality Windows information sites.
Search wins the Internet World Fall 2001 Best of Show in the Design Category
December 13, 2001 by John Zipperer
The remote search service was chosen for search administration control, customization,
integration and reporting.
- 2001 Web Tools Award
Winner, Design Category WebTechniques, September 2001
a free Web-based search engine May 20, 2001 by Philip Stripling
Describes features of Atomz service, starting with the search results page
and the powerful options for formatting the results in raw HTML. Describes
index controls and exclusions, scheduling, file format support for PDF, MPE
and Flash files, stopwords, synonyms and other features. Reports are limited
to "top requests" with queries and number of results. Rates Atomz
an excellent service, greatest limitation is that it only indexes 500 pages
Site Search PC Magazine, January 31, 2001 by Troy Dreier
Describes features of Atomz Search with praise for indexing, search
forms, relevant results pages, hit highlighting and customization. Would prefer
more reporting archives. For free search for sites over 500 pages, recommends
FreeFind, praising its indexing scheduling and
notification, What's New page, and emailed simple search reports, but faults
its many wizard screens and problems with search results.
Apps Make Web Sites Sticky InternetWeek December 4, 2000 by Lenny Liebmann
Among other web applications, describes implementing Atomz Search on
the O'Reilly site. Discusses the value of having flexible search for both
free and paid content, such as results that display category, book title,
cover thumbnail and links. Mentions that the search is used internally as
well as for customers, recommends the simplicity of the ASP model, but notes
that success depends on consistency of naming and tagging.
- Search Engines: The Hunt
Is On Network Computing Magazine: October 16, 2000 by Avi Rappoport
In-depth discussion of search engines for e-commerce and other web sites covers
features and future trends, software vs. services, database vs. text searching,
searching, and open-source
search engines covering ht://Dig and mnoGoSearch
(formerly UdmSearch). The testing included indexing over 150,000 pages, and
covered administration tools, customization, search features, relevance ranking
and search logs. Products were Ultraseek (then Inktomi
Search) (which won Editor's Choice), AltaVista
Search, and Excalibur RetrievalWare,
services were Atomz Enterprise Search and Searchbutton
Corporate, which has since addressed some of the shortcomings reported.
Also included an email
poll of Network Computing readers.
takes Web searching to a new plateau eWeek, June 21, 2000 by Grant
Describes Atomz Enterprise Search, with praise from a customer, and
iPhrase natural-language analysis, with description
from a Charles Schwab executive and general pricing.
Powerful Search Capabilities to Your Site To Create a Better Customer Experience
Internet Business Informer, January 12 2000
Description of using Atomz Search for a site after outgrowing the search features
provided by FrontPage. The reviewer exercised all the features and functions
of the service and is a very happy customer.
- SearchTools Review of Remote
Search Services September 27, 1999 (updated October 2, 2000) by Avi
Thorough discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using remote
search services, how well their indexing robots handle standards and links,
search and relevance ranking features, search features, results customization,
maintenance and reporting.
- A free search
engine for your Web site NetworkWorldFusion October 4, 1999 by Mark
Simple description of the Atomz search engine.
- GoreTex.com - commerce site shows
pictures and product categories in results list
- O'Reilly Publishers - technical
site chose to outsource search
- Nature - science journal processes
XML search results for local flexibility
Use Atomz Search the SearchTools Site
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