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Search Engines - Definitions

What is this VooDoo, anyways?

Search engine definitionsA search engine allows people to find web pages/sites that contain a given keyword phrase. When a user enters and makes a query, the engine returns the pages/sites that it determines to best match the search criteria. Each search engine has its own method of indexing a page/site to determine which ones rank best.

Search engine types

Indexes the content of web pages

Indexes text descriptions for a site
Note that most public search engines, i.e., Yahoo, AltaVista, Lycos, actually use both a page search engine and a directory.

The following is a list of popular search engines. Often these search engines are only portals to someone else's database. For example, Yahoo maintains its own directory for web site results, yet uses Google for its web pages results. Yahoo used to use Inktomi for its web page results, which is used by Hotbot and others. Click here for a more exhaustive summary of top search engines.

Directory (by Looksmart) and search engine

Directory (by Looksmart) and search engine

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Directory (by Open Directory) and search engine (by Inktomi)

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Directory (by Open Directory) and search engine (by Fast &amp Direct Hit)


Directory and search engine (by Inktomi)

The above is just a list of a few popular search engines; there are literally thousands of search engines and directories on the Internet.


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