Ahrefs, a company best known for their backlink index and keyword research tools, recently announced that they are creating their own search engine. The search engine is currently in beta with employees only, but it will eventually be released to the public. Ahrefs’s experience with big data could make them a big player in search in the future. Here’s what we know so far about this project:
Ahrefs has been collecting backlink data for years, which should make it easy for them to create an index of sites. The company has also been developing an AI-powered system called Rank Tracker aimed at predicting where a website would rank if Google updated its algorithm at that moment. So there’s no doubt about it: Ahrefs knows how to crunch numbers and predict rankings based on various signals.
Ahrefs has said that they are creating their own search engine, which is currently being tested by some of the company’s employees.
With the new search engine, Ahrefs said it hopes to become “the most advanced product in the market”. It will be “much more than just a keyword or anchor text tracker”, according to co-founder Tim Soulo.
The search engine adds a number for each result that shows its ranking in the Ahrefs Index.
For now, it’s being tested by some of the company’s employees.
The search engine adds a number for each result that shows its ranking in the Ahrefs Index. When you click on it, you can see all of that website’s backlinks and where they come from (i.e., which sites are linking to it). You can also see how popular the website is based on their social media statistics: Facebook likes and shares; Twitter followers; YouTube channel subscribers; or Alexa rank (which measures traffic).
Ahrefs has been compiling backlink data for years, which should make it easy for them to create an index of sites.
The fact that Ahrefs has been collecting backlink data for years should make it relatively easy for them to build a search engine. Backlinks are a central part of how the Internet functions, and Ahrefs has accumulated a huge database over the years.
Now, we can speculate about whether this new venture will be successful. We can also ask ourselves whether it’s really worth the time and effort (Ahrefs is going to have to hire some engineers). However, what’s most interesting is that this isn’t new territory: many companies have tried building their own search engines before only to fail miserably.
Why? Because search engines are very difficult to build—even Google struggled when they first launched their service in 1998!
While it’s early in the project, we’re curious to see what this will mean for the search industry.
It’s also worth noting that Ahrefs is a big player in the search industry. They’ve been compiling backlink data for years, and now they’re trying to collect more data on their own. This could be an interesting move for Ahrefs and other search engines, but it’s not clear how it will affect users or the industry.
Ahrefs’s experience with big data could make them a big player in search in the future.
Ahrefs has been a data company for over ten years, and has accumulated billions of pages of data from the web. In their early days, Ahrefs used this data to build their own search engine, called Yep!. The concept was simple: rather than searching for websites or keywords, you could just enter a URL and see it ranked against other URLs on the internet by popularity.
Right now, it seems like Ahrefs is in the early stages of trying to create a search engine. They are still testing it with their own employees, and there’s no timeline for when we should expect anything bigger from them. With that said, this is certainly something to watch out for—they have more than enough experience working with big data sets to make them at least somewhat qualified for this kind of project. The company has been collecting backlink data since 2011, which means they could even potentially take on Google as a competitor in the future. It’s too soon to say if or how they will be successful with this endeavor (since we don’t know what they’re planning yet). But one thing’s certain: if Ahrefs does try getting into search engines someday soon, we’ll all be watching them closely!