Internet Search Engine Tips and Tricks

Search engines have been on the Internet since the mid 1990s as a means for keeping track of all the websites that are out there. Bots crawl the Internet several times a month to update search engine rankings. Several things impact how sites are rated. Things such as the number of inbound and outbound links, the traffic, and most importantly, the text on the site compared to the keywords that are being searched for by users. For help deciding what terms to use in searches, check out Search the Tail.

Google - Google is the most commonly used search engine, and they are very secretive with their ever changing algorithm that calculates page rankings. To find the specific results, use long tail keywords instead of short tail keywords that provide broad results. You can use Google to search for information on data recovery as well as hard drive data recovery .

To search a specific phrase, use quotation marks around the entire phrase. This will bring results for the entire phrase rather than results for the individual words.

To search for a specific domain, choose the advanced options next to the search button and enter the domain type you want to search for. A shortcut for this is to type "" without the quotes at the end of your search string.

Yahoo -Yahoo is the main competitor to Google, and is the second most used search engine. The same searching principles apply with Yahoo. In addition to the advanced search options on Google, Yahoo has a Creative Commons search options for public domain material through the Creative Commons license.

MSN Live Search - MSN Live Search is another commonly used search engine that operates much like Google and Yahoo. Something very few people know about Live Search is that people can earn cash back on their purchases made through special links on the search engine results page. For more information on this program, visit MSN Live Cash Back Program.

Ask - Ask, also known as Ask Jeeves, this is a meta search engine that searches other search engines for results based on the keyword search. In addition to the larger search engines, these sites frequently search smaller search engines and specialty websites.

Dogpile - Dogpile is another meta search engine that many people use to search more than one search engine to save themselves time.

Websites will come and go, and search engines will be born, reach a prime, and die out like the rest. For a list of dead search engines and a bit of information about them and what has happened to their URLs, check out Info Today.

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