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How to Effectively Search the Web for
What You Need
Also called FAST
The Open Directory Project aka DMOZ
Things to Keep in
You can get entirely different search
results by using quotation marks around a group of words that form a phrase than if you do
not use them.
Notice too that generally you have a
thru either tabs or radio click buttons at the top of the search page to choose
depending on which search engine page you are using. If you are having
trouble finding what you need, try searching for an image then locate a website with the
info you need that way. You will find different stuff.
If it is late-breaking info you need,
try searching the NEWS tab or button or BLOGS.
If it is technical info you need, try
searching the GROUPS tab or button--which in Google's case, searches the archived Usenet
discussion groups which include many techie discussions.
Avoid the search results at the top of
search results that are in a colored background and labeled 'sponsored listings' unless
you are looking for COMMERCIAL stuff.
If you click on a website link and it
doesn't seem to be working, then click the link to Google's cache of that page to see what
it looked like the last time the Googlebot visited it. Look for the 'CACHE' link right after
the description on the search results.
Now called HighBeam and not free anymore
requires free registration but is very cool if you are
using your home computer
Use specific terms. Use + signs as in ancient+mosaic+floors
Try both with and without quotation marks for different results
Try both plural and singular forms--some search engines handle then differently
If you are not sure of the spelling,
use Google first..it will try to spell it correctly for you.
If it is a person, place, book
or song's name,
always use quotation marks like "Mick Jagger" or "Salt Lake
you can enter into Google
and Google will find any site that defines that term for you.
search tool that you customize to provide results from numerous sources of
your own choosing. I suppose the name implies ..."roll your
www.Congoo.com The Congoo NetPass allows you to see behind the scenes web stuff that is
usually password protected. This info comes from paid-content sites like
certain newspapers online, magazines like Billboard, Wall Street Journal,
www.Prefound.com a mash-up of social networking and search. It hopes to made money thru ad
revenue and share it with users. They offer standard Google listings
You can go to http://find.pcworld.com/57018/
to download the free Congo NetPass Toolbar which installs in your browser
and works like any other toolbar to allow you to do Congo
If you wish to come to a complete
understanding of the relationship between the search engines, directories, portals
and pay-per-click listing services have a look at the comprehensive Bruce Clay's
excellent chart. You will see who furnishes data to who,etc..
To search for a person or business address or phone number go to http://www.anywho.com
To search for a domain name or IP # owner go to http://www.arin.com also try Fasterwhois.com
To get information by
asking a question:
Amazon Question/ Answer
site, free but sometimes full of stupid stuff. I have gotten some good,
detailed, technical answers there tho. www.askville.amazon.com
The Amazon owned NowNow will email you the 3 best answers
www.KnowPost.com can be full of a lot of junk
as people try to build up their credits, but you
can get good advice there too, if you don't mind wading thru the mire.
www.AllExperts.com is free, but
mostly about teen music, etc..
will have someone answer your question for a fee or submit proposals.
www.Experts.com is mostly for lawyers
or expert witnesses.
How To Info:
www.ehow.com has commissioned thousands of answerers to reply to people.
www.howstuffworks.com is a very useful
site, esp for parents of small children.
www.epinions.com has first person
reviews on stuff.
www.Wikipedia.com all info added by
different people. Might be accurate, or off a little.
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