What is Wyzy?
Wyzy is a human search engine. This means that the results provided by Wyzy have been analyzed by humans and not by some kind of algorithm. This also means that the webpages in our results should always be relevant, so a question processed by Wyzy should always lead to a relevant answer. Next to that, the webpages in our results meet certain requirements that are described below.
Why was Wyzy created?
Most of us use Google a lot.
It is a great search engine that helps us find the information we are looking for by giving us lots of possible results.
Though, a lot of times the best results are not on top, but they are hidden between many others that are totally irrelevant or simply not good enough.
This can lead to a lot of time loss and frustration, both for people searching for information, as for the creators of those good but hidden pages.
Google updates its algorithm regularly to give better results and better rankings, though it will keep on being far from perfect. Simply because an automatic search engine can't yet see a webpage as humans can, it can't yet understand the content as humans can.
And from this fact, Wyzy was created. Wyzy uses the human eye, the human mind to look through the many results Google gives and keeps only those that are relevant to the subject and meet certain requirements. When someone then uses Wyzy to search the answer to a question we already have processed, we are able to give only those good results, sparing the searcher some time and some possible frustrations. And at the same time, creators of those relevant and good webpages finally get the attention and visitors that they deserve.
What webpages meet the Wyzy criteria and get implemented?
We go through the first 100 Google results for a certain question and filter out the webpages that do not meet the Wyzy requirements. Those that are left do meet our requirements and are thus implemented in the Wyzy results.
The Wyzy requirements are based on:
1) Content of the webpage. This should be related to the question/subject and should give enough information about the subject.
2) Social media interactivity of the creator. People should be able to ask further information about the subject to the creator of the webpage. Social media (Twitter/Facebook) is the best way for a creator to show that he/she is interactive, knows more about the subject, can/wants to answer someone's question, and therefor also might help others that could have the same question in mind (as the answer is given publicly).
When does a webpage have enough content, when is it relevant enough, when is there enough interactivity? To judge these questions as objective as possible (we are humans after all...) we use a point-based system for which our human reviewers have to objectively count up several content and interactivity related features of a webpage, its site or creator. Does the page have enough points, then it can get into the Wyzy results.
Some webpages, although they are in the first 100 Google results, will not be analyzed for implementation if:
- Other webpages of the same site have given too many or big errors in one or more previous analyses.
- Its site seems to value quantity more than quality.
We give people the opportunity to propose webpages for a certain question. We then research those webpages and implement them if they meet the Wyzy requirements. We do this because:
- Not all good and relevant webpages can be found in the first 100 Google results for a certain question. A lot of good webpages aren't even in the top 500 Google results for the subjects they are relevant to.
- Websites we don't analyze because they that had too many or big errors in the past can be good again in the present.
- Websites we don't analyze because it seems that they value quantity more than quality, can still have very good webpages, very good answers.
- Webpages can mistakenly not be implemented in the Wyzy results after analysis, e.g. when a Wyzy reviewer made a miscalculation.
The minimum requirements for content and social media interactivity could be changed/extended in the future. The last big change happened in July 2018. Requirements will usually get stricter. Webpages that were already in the Wyzy results but do not meet the new requirements could get reanalyzed and removed from the Wyzy results. The creators of these webpages may get contacted by Wyzy to update their webpages in order to prevent this removal.
How are the webpages on Wyzy ranked?
We only check if a webpage does or does not meet our requirements for content and social media interactivity.
We do not compare the webpages that do meet the requirements and thus we do not rank the webpages displayed on Wyzy.
They are put in random order: every time someone loads or reloads the question page, the results can have a different order.
Though, you will see that sometimes some results will always be put above the others and this because these webpages have gotten a higher level:
- Level 1 webpages: have a purple border.
- Level 2 webpages: have a blue border. The creator of the webpage/site has shown to be more social interactive than others.
- Level 3 webpages: have a green border. The creator of the webpage/site has contributed to a better Wyzy.
What are featured webpages?
The level 2 and level 3 webpages described above also get featured in a loop on Wyzy. This can be in the sidebar (level 2 and level 3), or on the homepage (only level 3). This usually includes a screenshot of the webpage and the question it answers. When clicking on the featured link/image/question, people go directly to that featured webpage.
Wyzy is human…
There are a lot of advantages to a human search engine. Though there are some disadvantages too:
- Wyzy can't give Wyzy results for all the questions you have in mind. Though we try to add as much new questions as we can.
- Humans can make human errors. Though with your help, e.g. when you see a bad or non-relevant webpage in the Wyzy results and let us know in the comment section of the question page, we can limit those errors.
More about Wyzy?
If you have more questions about Wyzy, you may always contact us. See our contact page.