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#32064 new task

Make web searches for Tor Browser more useful

Reported by: phw Owned by: ggus
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Description (last modified by dcf)

(I'm filing this under community/outreach for lack of a better component.)

When people try to get a copy of Tor Browser, they likely search for "tor download" in their favourite search engine. The phrase "tor download" results in the following:

  • Google's first result points to our download page. The second result is techspot.com/downloads/5183-tor-browser.html, a third-party download site.
  • Bing's first result also points to our download page. The second result is tor.en.lo4d.com, a third-party download site.
  • Same story with Yahoo: the first results points to our download page and the second is a third-party download site.
  • Yandex's first three results point to our download pages. The fourth is a third-party download site.
  • Baidu's top results are all third-party download sites:
    • tor-browser-download.en.softonic.com
    • tor.brothersoft.com (unrelated to us)
    • tor-browser.updatestar.com/en

There are a few things we could do to make web searches for Tor Browser more useful:

  • Gus pointed out that we can mention GetTor in torproject.org's website description. Google makes this possible over some sort of webmaster UI. Maybe other search engines provide similar functionality. Our website's description could say something along the lines of "Unable to load this website? Send an email to gettor@tp.o to get Tor Browser".
  • Reach out to receptive third-party download sites. We recently discovered t-browser.sourceforge.net over baidu. It seems to be a third-party download site with good intentions. We could reach out to such webmasters and work with them to make their sites more useful.

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