Startup search engine Blekko has claimed that its internet marketing services are rapidly expanding, just a few months after the site launched in November.

Writing for Search Engine Land, Greg Sterling noted that the domain stated it had 30 million search queries in January, while its users have created over 110,000 slashtags.

The website said that this is an indication that "the search market is thirsty for innovation".

Chief executive officer of the company Rich Skrenta explained that the 30 million searches came from "a couple hundred thousand uniques", though he added the estimated number of created slashtags is on the conservative side.

Mr Sterling noted that, in focusing on its anti-spam efforts, Blekko seems to have found a marketing hook and a unique selling point to distinguish it from its more established rivals.

Last week, Search Engine Land reported that Blekko had banned some 'content farm' sites from its index completely, including ehow.com and encyclopedia.com.

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