Are You Finding What You REALLY Need?: Internet Searching Techniques By: Janet L. Hall
Remember game Hide & Seek? Just like game, websites can be hiding from you on Internet while you try to seek out particular information, services, or products. How do you find what you are seeking?
The Internet is like KING of all Libraries. Among stacks you seek. Among librarians (search engines and directories) you perform a query. But if you don't know language, search criteria, or your way around, you can get lost playing endless hours of hide & seek.
In order for you to locate information or site you're seeking, several things must have happened:
>> The site owner must register or submit their site with directory in which you are doing a search. Then a real person goes and checks out their site and decides if site is worthy of getting listed in their directory.
>> The site owner must register or submit their site with search engine in which you are doing a search OR search engine's robots or spiders must have * crawled through * their websites which will rank them by many different factors. The most important factor is use and weight of site owner's use of keywords.
When you do a search or a query, you type in a word or phrase of words, right? Here is where you might not find what you are looking for because site owner or webmaster didn't put in keywords you are typing in search window.
Therefore, site owner or webmaster must determine what keywords are important for each page on their website and what word(s) you will type in a search window to find their site. The words you type in might not be webmasters keywords, so you don't find what you are looking for.
To make matters worse, each search engine and directory can have their own search criteria; however, most are very similar.
Using particular search strategies can help narrow your search and hopefully find stuff more relevant to what you are seeking.
Seven Searching Techniques to try:
>> Read help section of search engine or directory
>> Put word(s) in quotation marks; tells most search engines you're looking for that exact term
>> Type in lowercase letters; many search engines are case-sensitive
>> Be specific - instead of typing in organizers, type in professional organizers
>> Type in plural form of word
>> Type in word(s) misspelled, such as organizers or organisers or orgnaizers
>> Type in a longer variation of word, instead of organize, type in organizing.
Anthony Muller, President of Web Mercs, said in his article, * How to Avoid Most Common Myths and Blunders of Search Engine Optimization *: