The Meta Search Engines: A Web Searcher's Best Friends

Written by Daniel Bazac

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EmailPinoy [ ] Sends your query to 15 search engines. Don't use Kanoodle, and GoClick pay-per-click search engines, because you'll get irrelevant results. For better results enclose phrases in quotation marks. This MSE is fromrepparttar Philippines. 1 SECOND [ ] Searches a good selection of 14 major SEs and WDs, throws outrepparttar 131858 duplicates and summarizesrepparttar 131859 results in a neat listings page. Userepparttar 131860 Advanced Search if you want to customizerepparttar 131861 search, especiallyrepparttar 131862 timeout ofrepparttar 131863 search engines. My Prowler [ ] Searches over a dozen search engines, news, images, audio/MP3, music videos, auctions and various other sites. Compilesrepparttar 131864 results, weeds out irrelevant matches and provides a summarized report. It accepts "natural language" query. Gimenei [ ] Use ofrepparttar 131865 "Advanced Search" option is strongly recommended. You can customizerepparttar 131866 results page, including my favorite option, "All Results" in one page. This is a comprehensive and fast MSE based in Manhattan, New York. Dug Dugi [ ] Queriesrepparttar 131867 major search engines, collatesrepparttar 131868 results, eliminates bad information and aggregatesrepparttar 131869 results in an ultra-clean layout. For each match you'll getrepparttar 131870 search engine andrepparttar 131871 ranking ofrepparttar 131872 page. Search 66 [ ] Groups together pages fromrepparttar 131873 same domain. Beautiful. To avoid SEs timeouts, selectrepparttar 131874 "Speed": "Comprehensive". Obviously, you'll get more results from this excellent Australian MSE. Besidesrepparttar 131875 very good MSEs listed above, there are also some others that are worth a try: Internav [ ], NetXplorer [ ] (Germany), Aaise [ ], Metengine [ ] (Antigua), One2Seek [ ], Ithaki [ ], Fossick [ ] (Australia), Pandia [ ] (Norway), meta EUREKA [ ] (Netherlands), Widow [ ], VROOSH! [ ] (Canada), Meta 360 [ ], 7 Meta Search [ ], Metor [ ] (Germany) and Ixquick [ ]. The following is a list of some unimpressive meta search engines. These MSEs do not providerepparttar 131876 breadth of coverage offered byrepparttar 131877 sites recommended above. Each of these has its own flawed characteristics, but generally they are old and have not kept up with repparttar 131878 latest capabilities or they suffer from too many functional problems.

Metacrawler [ ], Dogpile [ ], C4 (formerly Cyber 411) [ ], Mamma [ ] (Canada), Pro Fusion [ ], moonmist [ ] (UK), Bytedog [ ] (Canada), il motore [ ] (Italy), METASEEK.NL [ ] (Netherlands) and ApocalX [ ] (France). 2. Pseudo MSEs Type I The type I Pseudo MSE sendsrepparttar 131879 query torepparttar 131880 search engines, and then presentsrepparttar 131881 results grouped by search engine in one long, easy to read scrollable list. Be careful. Based on how many SEs you select,repparttar 131882 waiting time can be very long. Some people might find these MSEs useful, however. The best MSEs in this category are: Mall Agent [ ], which provides results from 38 SEs and WDs, qb Search [ ] (from 17), Better Brain [ ] (12), My Net Crawler [ ] (12), NBCi [ ] (11), Planet Search (Sherlock Hound) [ ] (10), Rede Search [ ] (8), 1 BLINK [ ] (7), Search Wiz [ ] (6) and Search Fido [ ] from 4 SEs and WDs. 3) Pseudo MSEs Type II There are two types of Type II Pseudo MSEs: a) You type your query one time and then selectrepparttar 131883 search engines. One browser window will open for each SE selected. The best are: [] which opens 36 windows, GoGettem [ ] (30), Search Bridge [ ] (24), The Info [ ] (15) and Net Depot [ ] (15). b) You chooserepparttar 131884 SE, typerepparttar 131885 query inrepparttar 131886 SE' form and a new window will open. Every search engine has its own query form. Many users will find these window-opening MSEs annoying. The best of this type are: Alpha Seek [ ], Westlaser [ ], Dan's No Overhead Search Thingy [ hingy.html ], Express Find [ ] and Freeality [ ] .

4) Search Utilities (also called Desktop Search Applications) These are downloadable meta search tools that search multiple search engines. Results are collated and ranked for relevancy with redundancies removed. They are not free but most of them have a free trial version available. The price? A few dozen dollars. The most popular are: BullsEye [ ], Copernic [ ], LexiBot (formerly know as Mata Hari) [ ], WebFerret [ ] and WolfBot [ ].

Conclusions: Now, you might ask yourself: If MSEs are so good, do we still needrepparttar 131887 search engines? Well, it depends. I use a search engine - yup, Google - when I search for general information. I use a meta search engine when I'm looking for a unique or obscure search term or if I want to make an in-depth analysis of what's out there on a specific subject. My suggestion is to find some time and give a test drive to repparttar 131888 MSEs; you might fall in love with these lesser-known search tools. And next time you use your search engine of choice, remember that there are search tools that can provide you many more relevant results. Good luck with your searches!

Daniel Bazac is Search Engine Marketer for Web Design in New York, a site design, Search Engine Optimization and promotion company ( ). He's been online since 1995 and he's also an Internet Information Researcher. He can be reached at

Do You Know What Your Customers Think About You?

Written by Andrew Lanciani

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If you have an opt-in email list of your customers or subscribers, then you are sitting on a goldmine. With such a list, you can efficiently survey your customers, providing you with valuable feedback andrepparttar potential for making more money.

To survey via email, simply includerepparttar 131856 surveys in an email to your list. Your response rates will be higher if your list is fresh and you have interacted frequently withrepparttar 131857 list members.

2.Place a pop-up survey on your site.

If you are interested inrepparttar 131858 opinions of customers and prospects visiting your site, you can utilize pop-up surveys to intercept people with a survey as they enter or leave specific pages on your site.

If you use pop-up surveys, it is usually better to intercept visitors once they leave a particular page, as opposed to when they first enter a page. This method allows a visitor to viewrepparttar 131859 page of interest first before being interrupted. In addition, you should activaterepparttar 131860 window once per unique visitor. This will ensure that your customers are not annoyed by having to deal with more than one survey invitation.

Pop-up surveys yield relatively high response rates. Depending onrepparttar 131861 demographics of your visitors and content on your site, pop-up surveys typically yield response rates between 10 and 40%.

3.Place a survey link or button on your site.

This option is less intrusive than pop-up surveys and will likely yield much lower response rates. If you use this method, place your link prominently on your site where people will see it.

In conclusion, surveys are a powerful means of gathering valuable information from your customers. You may be surprised to learn how many will tell you what they really think about you. Ask some questions and find out what your customers truly want. The information you gain could be exactly what you need to take your offering torepparttar 131862 next level.

Andrew Lanciani, an experienced marketing researcher, is president of Insiteful Surveys, an online survey company that enables individuals and businesses to quickly, easily, and inexpensively create their own online surveys, and collect valuable data. To open a free account, visit

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