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What is Scroogle?

March 21, 2011

By Carol Amato

What is Scroogle and why would I want to use it?  Scroogle is the shortened version of “Google scraper.”

I want to get accurate results for a search query, but I have been frustrated with skewed results coming back due to Google logging my own searches.What is Scroogle?

Scroogle is a site that allows you to run searches in Google that are unbiased.  It makes sure that Google can’t set any cookies and randomizes the IP address it uses.  It doesn’t store any search terms and the logs are always deleted within 48 hours.

This means that you can perform the same search query over and over again and Google will be seeing that query as a unique query.  Google won’t “customize” the search results.

It displays just the search results without the annoying ads etc.,
- just the clean results which is an awesome feature!

This is significant for marketers because we like to know where we rank for certain keywords in the search engines.  I have been frustrated in the past because of skewed results due to my own personal frequent searches being included.  It was obviously inaccurate and annoying to say the least. 

What is Scroogle?When using Scroogle, your IP address is hidden from Google and stops Google from putting their invading cookie onto your computer, and it returns your search results without any advertisements at all!

If you are concerned about privacy, you can use the SSL version to make sure your search and results are encrypted.

If Firefox is your browser of choice, then you can use the  Scroogle SSL Search plugin to add it to your Firefox search box.

See another valuable post called Top Five Search Engines for 2013.

If you don’t appreciate giving out your net habits to total strangers, then use this cool site.

For more information, and to find out how you can incorporate Scroogle searches into your own browser, visit their website.  You can access Scroogle or the SSL version at https://ssl.scroogle.org.  I would love to hear your thoughts below.

Take Care,
Carol Amato





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  • Ron

    Ive heard of a scroogle before, but now I really know what it means. Great article.

    • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

      I learned about Scroogle not too long ago myself. Thanks!

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Carol

  • Jammie

    Thanks for the information. I have seen something similar but the person showing it had it developed for his business and wants a lot of money for it. I’m so glad that I read your information before I decided to purchase that product. Thank you again.

    • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

      You’re welcome, Jammie!

      Yes, this is a free resource for everyone.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Carol

  • Tammi

    Scroogle is a great no-strings-attached web search tool. Great info!

    • http://www.carolamato.com Carol Amato

      I am SO glad I heard about Scroogle….what a difference!

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Carol

  • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

    Hello Jeanne,

    You’re welcome for the info – I enjoy helping others. :)

    Congrats on making your first sale – somethin’ to shout about for sure! :)

    I like your site, and I think you’re doing a fantastic job! I would offer a suggestion to make the font a bit bigger on the home page.

    Have a good evening. – Carol

  • Mark

    It is Monday, February 20, 2012 A.D. and it appears that SCROOGLE has been impaired as it no longer shows up on either INTERNET EXPLORER or MOZILLA FIREFOX. Do you have any updates about SCROOGLE? Do you know if the powers-that-be have taken them down?
    —- Mark

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Mark,

      I am actually wondering the same thing myself. Unbelievable. Any other time they’ve been down, they got right back up the next day or so…..it’s been two days now. They are probably having to reprogram how the site scrapes Google so as to not surpass the allowed amount………not sure.

      Thanks for coming by. :)
      - Carol

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