May 2nd, 2013
Pages with glyphs from the Unicode astral planes will no longer be ignored by the rating system. Until recently, few pages used those exotic characters. Now, at least one major content management system is using glyphs such as “globe” from the upper reaches of Unicode character space, so we now support them.
Support for single-word domains such as “amazon” has also been added, along with partial support for internationalized domain names.
May 11th, 2012
Starting today, we give “Know who you’re dealing with” some teeth. With our Ad Limiter add-on installed, mouse over any rating icon. You’ll see a “dog tag”, like this:
SiteTruth "dog tag"
We tell you the name of the company behind the web site, its location, and its annual sales. Clicking on “SiteTruth profile” will bring up even more information about the company. Now you can easily decide if you want to deal with a strange company.
Companies that don’t clearly disclose their identity get a dog tag which is mostly blank. Do you want to deal with them?
April 4th, 2012
The database of US businesses is currently being updated with 2012 data to improve the accuracy of results. Over the next few months, we will be adding additional business information and displaying it through our browser add-ons. When we say “know who you’re dealing with”, we mean it.
Update: The database update has been completed.
Update: April 26 – a major system update has been completed. Please let us know of any problems.
January 30th, 2012
One ad per page. Better search results. Business address checking. Search with confidence.
Our latest add-on, Ad Limiter, blocks all but one ad per search result page. It rates search ads and search results. Then it picks the single best ad, keeps that one, and removes the others. (Yes, you can select how many ads to block.)
Ad Limiter does everything SearchRater does, too. New users should download Ad Limiter instead of SearchRater, while SearchRater will continue to work.
December 5th, 2011
Our SearchRater add-on, which adds SiteTruth ratings to all search results from Google, Bing, Yahoo, Blekko, and DuckDuckGo, is now an approved Mozilla add-on. Download it from http://www.sitetruth.com.
The SiteTruth rating engine now recognizes Better Business Bureau seals and checks them against the BBB’s database. A valid BBB seal with a rating of B or better will give a site SiteTruth’s highest rating.
August 18th, 2011
We are releasing an initial version of SearchRater, our plug-in for Firefox. This plug-in adds SiteTruth ratings to search results for Google, Bing, Yahoo, Blekko, and DuckDuckGo.
Click here to go to the installation page. After installing the plug-in, try searching for some heavily spammed terms, such as “New York locksmith” or “discount drugs”. We think you’ll like what you see.
(This is an experimental version of the plug-in. Please report any problems with comments here.)