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Public figures, web geeks, and small business owners are more likely to have registered their names as web domains than average person-on-the-street. Maintaining a domain costs money, and running a website requires knowledge of web design and programming.
Step 3 Refine Your Search: Remember that search engines are simply software programs who cannot anticipate your needs. To a search engine, a name is just a collection of letters. All it cares about (usually) is matching those letters with all other identical arrays of letters in its database. For example, if you enter name "James Johnson" in Google, you will get 7,250,000 hits.
Therefore, in most cases, you will need to provide search engine with more information. How can you narrow search? It often helps to envision result you're looking for. If you could find a page on web that mentioned person you're looking for, what would it say? If you think person might be mentioned in a webpage that also refers to her hometown, add that, if you know it. If person is interested in a particular career or activity, use that activity as one of your search terms. For me, a search on "Linda Barlow" and "novelist" bring up pages that rule out most of zillion other "Linda Barlows" in world.
If you happen to know where person works, or even just what his profession is, try using business or profession as another keyword. Most businesses have websites, although not all employees are listed on such sites. But if your friend owns his or her own business, they probably have a website. If your friend is one of executives of a public company, he or she may be listed in company's tax filings or in press releases or corporate reports.
Did you and your friend attend same school or college together? Try to get information through website of school or college. If your friend is not listed anywhere on these sites, try various class reunion websites, like classmates.com.
Is your friend a member of a professional organization that has a web presence? Has he or she written a book, an article, or been cited in one? More and more books and articles are published to web every month.
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