by Jared Benedict. Used by permission under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.
Happy New Year!
For 2007, we’re looking forward to building out the site with ever more product categories. In addition, we also have plans for making the information on our site more useful and accessible (for example, RSS feeds that will let you subscribe automatically to site updates will be coming any day now). Along those lines, we’ve taken advantage of Google’s new(ish) Co-op service to create a custom ConsensusBest search engine, or what we prefer to call out “Re”search engine.
Here at ConsensusBest, our whole point is to save you time by exhaustively researching all the most trusted sources of product reviews and information so that you don’t have to. But many of you naturally want to dig deeper and see the information for yourselves. Toward that end, we already include links to a sampling of sources in each category’s “criteria and research” section.
And now we’ve assembled this custom search engine. So what does it do? Well, consistent with our theme, it saves you time by returning search results only from sites that are trusted sources of consumer product information. For example, compare the results for the search term “baby stroller” on Google’s main site, where the top results are all commerce sites versus the ones here on our Co-op site where the results are all independent reviews. We hope it will prove to be a useful addition to our site and, if it is, we’ll look to include it on the homepage.
In the meantime, we’ll be judiciously adding sites to the engine and encourage you to do the same. Have a favorite review or recommendation site that we’re missing? Let us know about it by clicking on the “contribute” link on the ConsensusBest Custome “Re”search Engine homepage. And thanks for your help.