What's the Best Engine Search Tool?
by Brian Benjamin Carter, MS, LAc
Carter created PulseMed.org in 1999 to promote his services
and expertise. Since then, more
than 400,000 visitors have read his articles, and he
has honed his web design, graphic design, and traffic building
skills even further.
We all need to search the web. So, what's the Best Engine
Search site? Well there are so many different search engines-
I'm going to review them for you below. I really think it
depends on what you're looking for, and how you want to
search, so you're going to have to decide for yourself.
But at least you'll know what each search engine does
before you leave here!
If you want to search fast, Google
is your best engine search. It's also the biggest.
If you want to compare your search results quickly before
investigating them further, your best engine search bet is ZapMeta
metasearch. It gives you Quick View previews each page within
your results, and you can preview the sites without leaving the
engine's search results.
If you have a broad academic subject and need pointers
to quality sites, the best engine search for you is the Librarians'
Index to the Internet
If you have very specific ideas about your results, like
what kinds of files you're looking for, or what domains you don't
want to appear, etc., use AllTheWeb's
You know that Yahoo originally was a directory, not a search
engine, right? A directory allows you to browse through categories.
Well, you can do both with Dogpile.
And the cute dog wags its tail every so often.
Along similar lines, if you also want to know what other people
are searching for in the same category, Altavista
is the best engine search for you.
Wow, if you want something really cool, you want to search
and see categories and see a visual map of the results from multiple
engine searches, and even refine them and search further, use
the Kartoo metasearch
engine. Pretty cool. Although I don't know what their character
is- some kind of creepy little arabic vulcan?
on expertise and link popularity, yields very relevant results
and allows one click search refining by subject.
Those are all the engines that most of us will ever need. But
if you want more information, check out this resource on even
more of the best engine search tools or get a
PDF chart of them all.