Category Archives: Search Engines

7 General Search Engines That You May Have Never Heard Of

Search EnginesWhen it comes to search engines, there are the big three, the middle three, and then everybody else. The names of the biggest (Google, Bing, and Yahoo) have actually become synonymous with searching. When it comes to everybody else, however, chances are there’s a fairly large group of search engines that you’ve never heard of. In case you like to conduct your searches off the beaten path, here are seven of the more notable, if not noticeable, lesser-known search engines:

1. Blekko – The creators of Blekko strived to create a system that uses their own original search index, curates results and organizes content into categories. They use a dynamic inference algorithm which helps to get truly unique results that you might not get from the big boys. Read more...

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Is Google PageRank Gone for Good?

Google PageRankWith no PageRank update since February, SEO experts are speculating that Google’s PageRank may be gone for good. In October, Google’s head of Webspam, Matt Cutts, announced that the Toolbar PageRank won’t be updated again this year–- despite the fact that many people still use PageRank as a crude measurement of a website’s performance. If PageRank really is gone, what measurements can businesses use instead?

PageRank: Does it Still Matter?

Google PageRank is one of the many factors that Google has used to determine the importance of a web page and where this page ranks in search engine results. Originally developed by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, PageRank was the first clear measurement of a page’s importance, based primarily on the number of links leading to a specific page. Each link leading to a page is treated as a “vote” for that specific page; in theory, the more backlinks that a page has, then the more relevant that page is – hence the page ranked higher in search results. To find a website’s PageRank, you can install the Google Toolbar on your browser or use a PageRank checking tool. Sites are ranked on a scale of 1 to 10; with 10 being the highest. Very few sites have been able to achieve a PR10. Read more...

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How Search Engine Technologies are Helping in the Fight Against Crime

Search engines have come a long way in a short period of time. Recent algorithm updates at Google have brought search one step closer to being a fully intelligent tool. Google now understands meaning and context to a far more sophisticated degree than was previously possible. While this was designed to improve the results of searching activity, it also has broader implications. Search engines and computer technologies more widely are now becoming increasingly central to the fight against crime. From cyber threats to terrorism and intelligence gathering, the practical benefits of improving technologies are manifold. Read more...

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A Designer’s Guide To Image Search

image searchDesigners regularly deal with images in their jobs, and image search engines provide great resources for accessing, comparing, and browsing quality images around the web. Let’s look at some of the ways image search can be used by designers to make their job easier.

Finding Originals

With the rise of social networks such as Tumblr and Instagram, it can be hard to find the original sources of your favorite images online. The same applies when you come across an attractive piece of stock photography somewhere else. A reverse image search can lead not only to an image’s original source, but also to the original version of a cropped photo. Just drop the image you want to use into Google Image Search and you will find all similar images on the web, including the ones in higher resolution. Read more...

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Search Engine Submissions in 2013

Search Engine SubmissionsSearch engine submissions have been on the downward trend since the early 2000’s. However, many people still utilize submission services to save time and increase exposure across the smaller search engines.

During the 90’s to early 2000’s, search engine submissions were the talk of the town and it seemed to be the fastest way to get a site indexed by the search engines.

These days, it’s a very different story. With the advancement of search engine technology, the time it takes to discover and index new web pages has drastically changed. Back in the days, it used to take weeks, if not months, to get a new site indexed in Google or Yahoo. But today, it can take as little as a few minutes to hours before a new page is indexed. Read more...

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Make Website and Pages Discoverable with Sitemaps

The Google sitemap generator is among the many webmaster tools used to create websites. Having a sitemap on your website helps to not only make the website more visible to search engines, but it also makes inner pages discoverable by a visiting search engine. Before you site submit, incorporate this into your website. Easy directions are included with simple website sitemap tools, such as the one found at

If you are a webmaster, but hesitation implementing a sitemap, consult with a professional website designer who understands website promotion, optimization and website submission processes. While you can do most of the work yourself, a designer can help you with visibility in all possible ways for your website. Read more...

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Search Engine Registration

Registering your website with a search engine should be one of the first things you do once you’ve finish creating the site.

Like any other business you need to register and promote your website encouraging people to visit the site. What better way than via the use of a search engine like Google.

There are two main ways you can register your website with a search engine, one is manual hand submission the other is using a search engine submission service (these services are also known as search engine registration services). Read more...

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Google Caffeine Is Here!

Yes, Caffeine is here, but don’t stress.

Sometime ago I wrote a post about Google releasing “Google
“.  What I could take from the limited
information available was there’s not going to be much of a change to the algorithm
and it’s structured more for speed, seeing a lot of “under the hood” changes.

This previous announcement was late last year, since
then there have been murmurs about the shift in search engine results though
nothing concrete from Google themselves, well today Google announced the completion
of Caffeine.

Google Caffeine will provide fresher search results,
previously when searching on Google some of the results returned may have been
out of date, this is due to the speed at which Google found and indexed new
content. Caffeine has been built to find and index content MUCH quicker,
delivering quicker and more recent search results.

What does this mean for all of us that rely on
Google search engine traffic, no real major surprises here? Keep your content
fresh, up to date and make sure your web pages are quick to load.

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Search Engines and Text Links – What’s it all About?

Links are the threads that bind the web together. The Internet “web” is not so different from an actual spider web. Each page on the Internet is connected by an intricate system of links which connect websites to other websites.
In order for a website to perform well in search engine rankings, it must have connections to other websites through links. These connections or links not only help search engines locate new content as it becomes available, but they also weave together networks of websites that are all related. The number and strength of connections that a website has will help determine the importance of that website.
If a website is isolated and only contains a limited number of links, it is usually not considered as important as a website that has a large volume of links from related websites. Search engines use “link popularity” to measure and assess the quality and quantity of links pointing to a given webpage. The majority of large search engines use link popularity as part of their algorithm for ranking websites in their search results
In addition to the volume of links that point to a website, search engines also look at the relevance of those links. The search engine spiders analyze the text that is used around the links in order to determine the contextual relevance of the links.
Search engines also examine the anchor text, or the text that is used to link to a website. The anchor text is another contextual indicator that helps the search engines determine what the website is about.
Search engines also take a critical look at the time frame in which links are acquired. Search engines prefer link text to be varied, and for links to be acquired over time, because it is more “natural” and less likely to be manipulated.

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How come I can’t find my site in Google?

“How come I can’t find my site in Google?” If I had a dollar coin in my pocket every time I was asked this question I’d need a belt to keep my pants up. Here are a few points to consider when checking to see if you site has been indexed by Google: 1. How old is your website? If you have recently purchased the domain and created the site then Google may not even know your site exists, in that case it’s a good idea to do a search engine submission. The submission tells the search engine that your site exists and it should come and visit. 2. Try searching for your domain name i.e. if your web address is then search for OR MattsRedRunners. This is almost a sure fire way to return your website within the Google search results. 3. If your site sells Nike runners and you are doing a search for the site using the search term “buy Nike runners”, you may not show up in Google. The reason for your site not appearing could be due to it’s not been optimized for the term “buy Nike runners”. Google like all other search engines are busy accepting submissions and crawling the web. If you expect that once you’ve created a website and submitted it to the search engines you will be getting traffic the next day, I’m sorry to say but you will be sadly disappointed. It can take engines weeks to include your website into the search results. There are other ways to get your site found in a search engine within 48 hours, for more information about this check out the following links:
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