Monster Crawler

Search The Web's Top Engines With Just One Click!


Monster Crawler was founded in 1999 by graduates of Southern Illinois University. Unfortunately, there is no information about who is behind it. Monster Crawler was acquired by InfoSpace shortly after its inception. Monster Crawler is a meta search engine. In addition to the web search, a picture, video and news search is offered.

Language English

Launched 1999
Closed No

Developer InfoSpace (In 2012 Infospace was renamed Bluecora, in 2016 the Infospace business was sold to OpenMail, which renamed itself System1 in 2017.)

Country of Origin US America

1999 - [...] InfoSpace (In 2012 Infospace was renamed Bluecora, in 2016 the Infospace business was sold to OpenMail, which renamed itself System1 in 2017.)
2007 - 2017 Monster Crawler, Inc.
2017 - [...] RMG Ltd.

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Meta SeEn

Used SeEn Yahoo
FAST (Fast Search & Transfer)
Google Search Engine

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

About: »Metasearch engine Monster Crawler was founded by several Southern Illinois University graduates in 1999. It quickly grew a following among internet users who enjoyed the capability to query multiple search engines with just one click. Monster Crawler grew rapidly among the local college and St. Louis Midwest markets. Monster Crawler now attracts a worldwide market and has one of the highest retention rates in the industry with over 50% of our users visiting 30 or more times per month.« Source

»Monster Crawler is what we call a “metasearch engine”. The principle? It retrieves results from Google, Bing, Yahoo and and eliminates the duplicated results in order to give the broader vision of the web. Monster Crawler uses its own algorithm so you most likely won’t find the same results elsewhere. According to their own website, Monster Crawler has one of the best retention rate, which means that a lot of users (how many? we don’t know) keep on using this search engine after the first query.« Source


»Monster Crawler seems to owe its name to the numerous search options available: web, images, video, audio, news, weather, stocks, maps or people search (only available for Americans), everything that you’re looking for has a shortcut. The user also has direct access to a dictionary, to Wikipedia, CNN, Amazon and many other sites. And of course, you can choose to filter out adult content.« Source

Critical points

»The design however isn’t that fancy, unless you’re a big fan of huge robotic spiders crawling on the web. Moreover, a few problems remain: sponsored links are not clearly marked and, most important, with Monster Crawler you have to speak English, as no other language is available« Source

Features & Functionality

About: »Monster Crawler combines the power of all the leading search engines together in one search box to deliver the best combined results. This is what we call metasearch. The process is more efficient and yields many more relevant results.

Monster Crawler provides an easy way to search more of the Web by harnessing the collective power of the most popular engines. The Internet is an enormous and constantly changing medium, making it impossible for any single engine to reach the entire Web. Using our algorithmic metasearch technology, Monster Crawler takes results from the leading search engines (Yahoo Search!, Google, MSN, Ask), eliminates the duplicates and delivers you the most comprehensive set of results. You benefit by obtaining a quicker, more accurate set of results to your query.

Monster Crawler's algorithmic metasearch technology blends and ranks the results derived from each of the separate engines based on the specific terms you type. If, for example, you type the words "computer prices", the resulting search will include many commercial Web pages containing information on businesses offering computers for sale. If, on the other hand, you type the words "computer technology", your results will be weighted toward articles, information and other research about computers. Monster Crawler also provides multimedia results including images, audio, video, news, and local information.« Source


References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): n.a.
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

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Created: 2013-02-02