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Scroogle Blocked

George R [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, January 26, 2012
10 years ago9,346 views

I just tried a Scroogle search and received a page indicating that it was being blocked by Google.
search [example]
scroogle search page
traffic graphs:

text from scroogle page:

   so sorry...
Google is temporarily blocking this Scroogle server.

Please wait ten minutes before trying again.

Yes, Scroogle is upset with Google.

   1. Google handles 1 billion searches per day, while Scroogle handles 350,000 searches per day. This means that Scroogle is 0.035 percent of Google's load.

   2. Google uses 900,000 servers, while Scroogle leases just six low-end dedicated servers.

   3. Google has billions and billions of dollars in the bank, while Scroogle is a recognized public charity and survives on modest donations averaging $43 per day.

   4. For more than seven years, Scroogle has always made serious efforts to detect and block any and all bots. Almost every Scroogle searcher is a live person clicking on a mouse. Yet Google treats Scroogle like a bot because they see the traffic from our six IP addresses as higher than normal. Searching Google with a bot is against Google's terms of service, but Scroogle users are not bots.

   Is it "Terms of Service" for Google, or is it "Terms of Monopoly"?

George R [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Google issues the "automated query" error for many other reasons.

Using a Google search box or site search from many sites directly generates the error. Some Google searches generate a SERP containing a search box that when used generates the error. Some Google searches generate a SERP in which some of the special links, such as "did you mean ...", generate the error.

About a year ago Google discontinued one of their formats, but continued to generate that unsupported format in some SERPs.

text from google error page:

We're sorry...

... but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.
See Google Help for more information.

© 2009 Google – Google Home

George R [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Here is an example of a Google search that generates such a SERP.
Try this search for [automatd query]
Note the spelling.

The SERP has a link "Did you mean: automated query"

That link produces the "automated query" error page.

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