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What is VanillaResults and why is LMGTFY redirecting us through there?
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April 17, 2010
5:34 PM
Ashraf
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So I just noticed something while using LMGTFY (Let Me Google That For You). Every search query run through LMGTFY is redirected through VanillaResults.com, which then redirects to Google.com.

I did a bit of research on VanillaResults and it definetly is run by the same people that run LMGTFY (ping them – they both have the same IP). Other than that, I can’t see to understand what it is, or why we are redirected through it instead of being sent directly to Google.

One thing I do know, however, is that VanillaResults.com makes use of Google’ “Custom Engine”, so every advertisement on Google.com clicked on earns the owners of VanillaResults/LMGTFY some revenue (similar to how dotTech’s search – see search box at the top – is). So that could be why VanillaResults.com is being used; however why couldn’t the developer just do the samething with LMGTFY without using VanillaResults.com as an intermediary?

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but something seems suspicious here.

April 17, 2010
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Suspicious…

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April 17, 2010
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@Ashraf – You are a conspiracy theorist.

April 17, 2010
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9/11 never happened!

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April 17, 2010
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@Locutus – You are a conspiracy theorist.

April 17, 2010
8:19 PM
Ashraf
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We never went to the moon.

April 17, 2010
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Ok, you two! Do I have to start using my new powers to delete your posts? :lol:

April 17, 2010
8:49 PM
Ashraf
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Danggit. That is karma. Cool

April 17, 2010
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Locutus
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Hey Mr. Boss. Here’s  a list of theories for you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_conspiracy_theories

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April 17, 2010
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karen
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Ashraf said:

Danggit. That is karma. Cool


Of course, he that bestowed the powers can take them away as well.:lol:

April 19, 2010
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Lol….suspicious….I think it somewhat falls under false pretenses and bad behaviour.

At least in the way of them making more money in this way.  If they own both companies and then redirect to themselves through users search inputs…..seems to me that’s no different.

It sounds like they’re getting double the amount per search (maybe more) if they own both and are one in the same.  That’s just my opinion though.

 

On the opposite side….they may very well have a legitimate excuse or reason for redirecting to another one of their sites that they own….maybe….

*tries to think of an adequate excuse or reason for them….”hmm….”*

Nope I can’t think of a valid reason or excuse off hand. 

Sounds to me that they’ve just found a way to double what revenue they get that most users wouldn’t see or realize.

April 19, 2010
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It may also just be poorly-implemented click-tracking on LMGTFY so they made a new site for click-tracking.

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April 19, 2010
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That’s a good possibility, though I would think it would be more efficient to fix the errors on the original than make a whole new site to do the same thing.  Again that’s just my opinion. 

 

I’m not all that knowledgable on click tracking.   However……Seems that having two (or more) sites tracking in that way or for that reason would also cause a great deal of inaccuracies and be unreliable information.

May 4, 2010
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Orchid said:

That’s a good possibility, though I would think it would be more efficient to fix the errors on the original than make a whole new site to do the same thing.  Again that’s just my opinion. 

 

I’m not all that knowledgable on click tracking.   However……Seems that having two (or more) sites tracking in that way or for that reason would also cause a great deal of inaccuracies and be unreliable information.


 

So what? They don’t take our money. Wink j/k, i care but I can’t do anything Frown

May 4, 2010
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only conspiracy theorist’s should be allowed to have conspiracy theories

Confused

[ok, see........theories are...... just that, so..........

haha........ this doesn't have to make sense] Wink

 

[like alot a what I say here......... Laugh]

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May 4, 2010
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know, however, is that VanillaResults.com makes use of Google’ “Custom Engine”, so every advertisement on Google.com clicked on earns the owners of VanillaResults/LMGTFY some revenue (similar to how dotTech’s search – see search box at the top – is).


 

 

 

Does that mean if we were comitted to helping you, we could sit there for an hour googling stuff through that box, to make you money?

May 4, 2010
8:33 PM
Ashraf
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@Sean: Simply googling stuff does not earn anyone money – me nor Google. Clicking on the ads that show up via the search does. So, no Laugh.

June 16, 2010
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Instead of doing fancy stuff like pinging, why didn’t you just visit the site? :)

 

Vanilla Results
 

It’s all explained there… if it wasn’t back in March, accept my apologies. Maybe some conspirator added the explanation on the site.

April 20, 2011
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Hi,

 

I checked the code of “let me google that for you”. In javascript file “bundle.js” VanillaResults.com. On this page search engine code is present. Overall it is not harm ful. It is the way to increatse the traffic of VanillaResults.com. It is just showing the results (of google) via this site.

 

Any way thanks for providing a clean script of VanillaResults.co.

 

Thanks,

Cool

Rohit xpode.com
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