About the Colossus search engine directory ...
... and its limits
I’ve been seeing mentions of the Colossus search engines directory searchenginecolossus.com since 1999. Along the years, I sometimes had a go at it and tested some of the search tools (web site directories mainly) it recommends.
Its main and only interest is it lists a number of regional web-site-directories.
But apart from that, I do not recommend using Colossus.
Its very ancient HTML code (written in CAPITAL letters) should be enough to keep you away from it . Why ? Because it’s a sign of a probable lack of updating.
Other, more serious reasons for not using and not trusting it much include :
- it links to other old, not updated directories instead of to final resources. Example : this directory’s page it links to is empty : findelio.com/2888/Automotive/
- it lures you into believing it indexes a ton of treasure troves but it’s deceptive
- spelling mistakes
- same search engine directories repeted in each country section. Example : Ezilon ezilon.com
- its local countries web-site-directories are :
- incomplete. For instance, its France section searchenginecolossus.com/France.html does not list premsgo.fr / annuairefrancais.fr, a not too recent but very active actor
- and they list mainly regional-level, not specifically national, link directories.
To conclude on Colossus :
- granted, beggars can’t be choosers and there really isn’t a lot of competition in its field (local oriented link directories)
- but in my opinion, it’s too old/not updated enough, repetitive, deceptive and incomplete. Event the concept of directory itself is outdated — though I appreciate it much personnaly and have long advocated it and taught a course on how to build a link directory .
If you’re searching for local resources, it might be among other starting points, but really, it shouldn’t be alone and its links should be tested thoroughly. Personnaly, I’d rather use a standard, reliable, web search engine to locate the main resources and perhaps, in a separate query, some specialised, local link directories and start from there.
What’s your own point of view ? Do you think it’s still worthwhile ? The comment section is open.
librarian researcher, Internet search tools evangelist