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* There are hundreds of search engines, but only 20-30 main ones, and just four-five of them account for 60-75% of total search engine traffic. For example, Altavista gets about 17% of total engine market and it equals roughly 40 million searches a day; as opposed to Lycos or HotBot which each get 2-3% of market. It would shock you to know Yahoo only gets about 24%! *
My two favorite search engines to locate what I'm looking for is dogpile.com and alltheweb.com
dogpile.com allows you to search through 14 search engines at same time! Type in your word(s), click on FETCH, and WaLA! You've just worked a little smarter, not harder. At dogpile.com you can choose to search through images, audio, auctions, news, FTP, Discussion, and Small Biz.
At dogpile you can use advanced searching techniques, by using additional syntax, that will help * you gain added control over your search and weed out any unwanted results. *
Additional Syntax for Searching Techniques:
>> Type AND between words or symbol + before a word thus allowing a specific combination of words to be present in all search results. Example: Home AND Clutter or Home + Clutter will result in different search results.
>> Type NOT between words or symbol - before a word Example: Dogs NOT Cats or Dogs - Cats will result in sites when only dogs appear but not cats.
>> Type OR to include both words. Example: Office OR Clutter
Not all search engines support these syntaxes in dogpile; therefore, dogpile will only search engines that support syntax you use, allowing a more tailored result.
alltheweb.com searches for documents on Internet that contain your search word(s). They offer a pull down menu to left of search window where you can choose from different syntaxes. They also offer an advanced search where you can perform word filters, word(s) that should be included or excluded from your search.
Here's to finding what you are looking for!
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