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iain
01-23-2002, 04:42 PM
Im trying to decide which search engines to pay to list with. Which do you use the most?

Deckard
01-23-2002, 04:59 PM
I use Google exclusively. It has yet to let me down.

Fordy
01-23-2002, 05:07 PM
Originally posted by Deckard
I use Google exclusively. It has yet to let me down.

Yeah...Google whoops all of the others....... Its funny what you can find on Google with a little persistance :) ;)

I do occasionally use Jeeves if say I want to buy something specific like a bookcase or something.....

Betazep
01-23-2002, 06:39 PM
www.dogpile.com

gives the top rankings from multiple search engines.

www.pandia.com

use it sometimes... much like dogpile.


www.with1click.com

this one is different. Searches can be performed from the url field...

golfinguy4
01-23-2002, 07:23 PM
My Rules:

1. If it is going to be easy to find, use google (more organized).

2. If it is going to be hard to find, use altavista (more powerful but less organized).

gnu-ehacks
01-23-2002, 08:36 PM
I use google almost exclusively, but I use AskJeeves for school and finding information for science projects, because it takes me to good encyclopedia stuff.

dirkduck
01-23-2002, 08:39 PM
real men...and women...and kids use google ;). its far superior to any other search in my opinion

DrakkenKorin
01-23-2002, 09:13 PM
isn't yahoo now powered by google?

Anyway, I chose Northernlight. Now its not the best, but I like it b/c when I am seriously searching for something, Northernlight is the only engine that doesn't list a whole bunch porn sites.

Now if I'm looking for porn, it wouldn't bother me, but when I'm looking for matrilinal societies (and ANT project), I don't want to get result from porn sites that some how are listed with 'matrilineal' as a keyword. :o

iain
01-23-2002, 09:16 PM
i think we need a better search engine registration system - i joined now with keywords computer security discussion forums
what poistsion am i - in the first 5 million - no

i dont think the pay system is effective and its about time the serach engine contents were checked and any link leading to a 404 was removed! think how many there must be on AV alone - they could get a bot to do this - i bet it would fine a few million

VirtualAce
01-23-2002, 09:35 PM
I use all of them and more, exclusively. :)

Yahoo/Excite and Google return near identical information. Do the same search on both and print the results. Almost identical.

I never limit my searches to one search engine. In programming some topics are not as popular or might be more dated than others. There are time when google, yahoo/excite, and other popular ones fail where less popular ones might not.

Use as many as possible for the best, most comprehensive results. Using one search engine is like doing research for a term paper using one source.

zahid
01-23-2002, 10:19 PM
ohh... I like Altavista since I started to use internet in 1996.
Nice and very much powerfull search engine..
Even sometimes I think, if I could create a search engine like Altavista

Then Yahoo

Recently trying Google...

But I mostly use Altavista.. Actually I do use it very much.

Yoshi
01-23-2002, 10:55 PM
>>Anyway, I chose Northernlight. Now its not the best, but I like it b/c when I am seriously searching for something, Northernlight is the only engine that doesn't list a whole bunch porn sites.

Northern Light does not provide searchs anymore... They provide the search only in their database of news.

Anyways, I voted for lycos.

I also have a report (not by me) for the highest amount of websites in a SE's database... I will post it up later..

mithrandir
01-24-2002, 06:16 AM
Yahoo, and Google (sometimes Ask).

kooma
01-24-2002, 08:13 AM
> 2. If it is going to be hard to find, use altavista (more powerful but less organized).

Do give me an example and I'll proove you that google does it better (and with no banners!).

Govtcheez
01-24-2002, 08:15 AM
I use google almsot exclusively... I use ask or metacrawler very occasionally.

klausi
01-24-2002, 10:50 AM
If you have to find something there are lots of websites related to in the web quickly, Google is the best searching engine.
But if you find hardly anything related to the topic, use Alltheweb (http://www.alltheweb.com).
It finds really everything in the web related to the string you entered, but there are many hits which arenīt related to the topic at all.

klausi

Betazep
01-24-2002, 12:31 PM
It really matters which search engines and directories the resource that you are looking for has registered with... so saying that one is better than the other for results in some respects is silly (unless the resource is common and has good saturation). There are semantical differences in each that does make a difference in how each provide results, etc, but if what you are looking for isn't registered with the search engine that you are searching on... you will not find it.

Fortunately resources like google and others are so large and powerful that the likelyhood of you finding what you are searching for is quite good.

To tell you the truth tho... there are resources that are more important to the web promoter than search engines... dmoz is probably the most important directory on the web because it services many different search engines (msn, aol, and many many more).

Google powers yahoo search, but being in the yahoo directory brings you a considerable amount of more traffic than the yahoo search.