Search Engines and Directories

Search, the holy grail that pushed Google into global Internet domination, is still coveted by many. The fact that most users don’t even consider switching Google for anything else doesn’t mean that there’s no innovation going on in the field of search. Quite the contrary; which can also be seen from the list below.

General Information Search Engines

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Google – Does it need any explanation? In case you haven’t been online in the last 10 years, this is the largest, most popular and widely used search engine on the planet.

Yahoo – Much like Google above. Also a widely used general information search engine.

DogPile – Compiles results from some of the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Windows Live Search.

AltaVista – Search the web, audio, images, videos and news. You can also search WorldWide or narrow your results to U.S. Only.

Windows Live Search – Search the web and get your own personalized page filled with information you love.

Zuula – Search the web with results from all of the major search engines, you can also specify which search engines you want results from. You can also add the Zuula search to your Firefox search box.

Mamma.com – A meta search engine. Not only can you search the web for information and videos you can also search the white and yellow pages.

Ask.com – Find whatever you are looking for quickly and easily. You can search the web for images, blogs, news and much more. Ask has recently had a redesign and some reports have been very positive about it.

WebCrawler – Why settle for one search engine when you can have them all. Get your results mixed together from Google, Yahoo, Windows Live and more.

Netscape Search – Search the web for your favorite information with Netscape. Not the best search engine out there by any means, but solid; mostly used by Netscape users.

MetaCrawler – Search the web, yellow pages and white pages from one place.

Clusty – A twist on typical search engines. Clusty not only lists your results like you are used to seeing, but it also breaks them into clusters, or categories, making finding the desired results a little easier.

Excite – A search engine and much more. Get your own customized page with news, horoscopes, local weather and more.

MozDex – A search engine seeded from the Dmoz Directory, it is powered by open source technology.

Kanoodle – This is a pay-per-click sponsored search engine. This means you can pay for inclusion, if you are trying to drive traffic to your site.

ExactSeek – Large online search engine, you can search the web, blogs, news and articles. You can include your site for free or featured/paid inclusion.

AlltheWeb – Search results are provided by Yahoo. You can also search specifically for news, audio and video all in 36 different languages.

Lycos – Lycos search results are powered by Ask.com and much like Excite you can customize the homepage to suit your interests.

ScrubtheWeb – On top of searching the web, this site is also a host to many great web developer tools, like the meta tag builder and analyzer.

LemmeFind – Meta search engine that pulls results from Google. Yahoo and MSN.

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Happy Birthday Yahoo Mail!

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Yahoo Mail turns 10 yesterday. With just 3 megabytes of storage back then, it’s hard to imagine what we started out with. There was no mobile integration then, limited ways in which to attach files like images, and fewer adopters of web-based services that weren’t directly tied to their ISPs. Yahoo’s put together a cute list of email milestones to help us remember how far we’ve come since 1997. Here it is:

* October 1997: Yahoo! Mail launches following our acquisition of Four 11, creators of RocketMail.
* December 1998: The movie You’ve Got Mail debuts.
* March 1999: CNN’s Ten Commandments of Email cites that Americans sent 2.1 billion emails daily (vs. 196 billion per day this year).
* December 1999: Yahoo! Mail launches Spamguard to detect spam and banish it to a separate folder.
* January 2000: Web mail survives Y2K.
* November 2001: Pope John Paul II is the first pontiff to send an email apology.
* March 2002: It’s reported internationally that email outpaces snail mail as the preferred method for residential communication.
* December 2003: Congress passes the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 to regulate the sending of commercial email.
* July 2004: Yahoo! acquires Oddpost, bringing AJAX to Yahoo! and inspiring Yahoo! Mail’s most significant upgrade ever.
* June 2005: Broadway’s “Spamalot” wins Tony Award for Best Musical.
* March 2006: IDG study shows that Americans sent 11.8 billion photos via email in 2005, compared with 2.6 billion in 2000. By 2009, this number is projected to 25.7 billion images.
* March 2007: Yahoo! Mail announces free, unlimited e-mail storage for all users.
* August 2007: According to Comscore , the worldwide Web mail market counts approximately 543 million people, with Yahoo! Mail alone representing 255 million.

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Using htaccess to open the door for the Google bot / spider

Search engine bots, commonly known as “spiders”, are standard tools used by search engines to find and index web pages throughout the internet. In order for a spider to find and index a web page it must first discover it through manual submission on their site or more commonly a link from a site that has already been indexed by the spider. A common problem occurring with large scale dynamic sites today is that the links used throughout are query string heavy. This makes it difficult for a search engine spider to index deep within these large-scale sites because of specific precautions the spiders take when dealing with these types of URLs.

An example of a NON search friendly URL

http://www.mysite.com/page.php?v=value1&p=value2&c=value3

An example of a search friendly URL

http://www.mysite.com/page-value1-value2-value3.html

This white paper will detail the use of the . htaccess file for Apache based web servers to take dynamic, query-heavy URLs and turn them into clean, efficient, search engine friendly URL structures.

What are the benefits of search friendly URLs

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