Search engine is the most important tool for finding information from Internet. All of us use it in varying degrees. Usually, we search for information using one or two search engines (e.g. AltaVista, Google) or directories (e.g. Yahoo). But these search tools have their limitations:
However, even within its limitations - search engines can provide far more useful information provided you invest some time and effort in understanding how they work and learn tips on getting the most out of them. The problem is few people take the time to read and understand the directions. Consequently, some Internet users wind up with thousands of irrelevant matches simply because they don't know how to conduct an accurate search.
While we shall discuss how to refine your searches and extract more from search engines in future issues - here is one technique to quickly get more from your search - by using meta search engine.
Meta search engines query multiple search engines on the Web simultaneously and compile the results for you. Most meta search engines allow you to search web-pages, files, music, images etc.
So, instead of going through each search engine - use meta search and get results from multiple search engines at one place.
Some of the better known Meta Search Engines are:
Metacrawler: http://www.metacrawler.com Very powerful meta search engine Mamma: http://www.mamma.com/ Called Mother of all search engines ! search.com : http://search.cnet.com/ Online forms for most major and minor search engines from CNET Jayde Online Directory : http://www.jayde.com/ Surfwax: http://www.surfwax.com/ Helps focus searches and provides real-time page summaries ProFusion : http://www.profusion.com Metor : http://www.metor.com/ SearchBug : http://www.searchbug.com/
Go ahead and use them and feel free to share your experience with us.
- Newsletter on Business Opportunties from India and Abroad
Vol: 3, Issue 8
June 13' 2002