Could Cuil be a useful tool to check on-site SEO effectiveness?

Earlier today the new search engine Cuil was officially launched. While it’s obviously got a long way to get anywhere near competing with Google what I find interesting is that it’s been developed by former Google engineers and that it “ranks pages by content, rather than popularity”.

This means that rather than ranking a page based upon the quality of it’s backlinks, Cuil will list the webpage’s which it’s algorithm feel are well-optimised towards a specific query. This probably isn’t great news for Cuil itself (as many well-optimised but untrusted websites will rank highly in it’s search results) but I would imagine a lot of the same on-site optimisation factors which are relevant in Google have also been applied to Cuil.

This could make Cuil a very useful indicator of how effective your on-site SEO will be in Google. For example, a search for SEO will display websites containing relevant content as opposed to the trusted authority domains ranking in Google:

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