Category Archives: Search Engines
A few weeks ago Google announced that it would be cracking down on the content farms for the benefit of their users. This popular search engine decided to respond to the needs and complaints of their users that were fed up with sites that provided very little original information. Content farms enlist copy or text [...]
Software giant Microsoft announced a series of major upgrades to its search engine, Bing, at an event in San Francisco. The upgrades are an attempt to get a larger piece of the internet search engine pie from market shareholder Google.
The effectiveness of a search engine takes on a whole new meaning for online business owners. Their indexing process is responsible for driving traffic to sites and as such can have a direct impact on the success of an online enterprise. Courting search engines through the process of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) has become an industry itself, with companies, freelancers and DIY guides popping up everywhere. Google still reigns supreme, but the recent rebranding of MSN Live Search and changes to the Yahoo search platform, optimization specialists must now consider which of the search engines to primarily focus on. While there is some indication from tracking firms that Bing is beating Yahoo in search, perhaps what optimization specialist and online business owners should be focusing on is a joining of forces between Bing and Yahoo.
Google Earth, formerly Earth Viewer, was acquired by Google from Keyhole in 2004. The program effectively creates a virtual globe by combining images obtained from several sources. Satellite images, aerial photographs and geographical data are combined to create a 3D earth model. This program has become one of the most popular programs for web users who are interested in viewing their world from a new and manageable perspective that can even be accessed on the desktop. The future of Google Earth seems obvious. As technology and bandwidth increase, it is likely that users will see an interface between Google Earth street search and the local Google search option, creating a unique opportunity for business owners to expand their local SEO (Search Engine Optimization) processes.
Dogpile, a relatively unknown Meta search engine, compiles results from a variety of different directories and search engines. The results are compiled into an easy to read list. Dogpile relies on multiple different search engines, including LookSmart, MIVA, About, Ask, Bing, Yahoo and Google. They claim to have the ability to search a far greater portion of the internet as opposed to a traditional search engine. With a clever ‘pet’ named Arfie, Dogpile, and other services like it, may soon overpower traditional search engines. As an audio search engine, Dogpile has the ability to quickly cut through unrelated websites and present the user with a list of useful sites guaranteed to meet their needs.
We have all used Google. In fact, it is still the most popular search engine available. Powerful, with accurate and fast results, more and more people turn to Google for all of their searching needs. But what happens when Google isn’t enough? When you are searching for a crucial piece of information or a particular image or sound file? Utilizing a Google search engine advanced search function may very well provide you with the results you need.
I’m sure that like many Google evangelists, SEO specialists and Business Owners, you too have been following the changes and the instability in organic ranks in Google Search results for the past 60 days or so. It has been anything but comforting seeing the ranks go up and down for all clients and websites we track. I don’t know about you but Google Caffeine is giving me a headache.
We all have our favorite search engines. From Google and Bing to lesser-known search engines, these websites help us sort through the billions of web pages available on the Internet. Instead of spending hours trying to find the information we want, search engines give us accurate results in under a second. Many people assume that there are only a few search engines. The reality is there is many search engines. Some of these are generalized while others are aimed at a more specific demographic. Still, the list of search engine websites worldwide is growing.
A library can be seen as a collection of information that reflects society as a whole. Historical text, popular fiction and periodicals all help create a picture of human beings, their past and their present. It wasn’t too long ago that a research project for school or a medical question meant a trip to the library. Today, the efficiency and accuracy of the Internet has replaced the library for many people. The Wayback Machine search engine was created to ensure that the Internet, much like the library of yesterday, presents a complete picture of not only who we are now but of who we were then.
If you are looking for a specific piece of information on the Internet, you would have to spend literally days sifting through the millions of sites if it were not for search engines. Search engines are simply programs that do the searching for you. They use the words or phrases, called keywords that you have input into their request box to locate websites that contain the information you are looking for. Popular search engines, like Google, Bing and Ask, processes millions of requests every day. They churn out search engine result pages, loaded with websites, in mere seconds. When you consider the sheer amount of data contained on the web, it is easy to understand how truly amazing these programs are.