LIST OF ALL SEARCH ENGINES

A directory list of all the major search engines, Meta search engines and Web directories. List in order of importance, top ten search engines and A-Z directory. Search engine ratings by performance and results. Is your search engine listed? Is our information up to date?

The massive growth in Internet use has been matched by the growth in search engines, Meta search engines and Web directories, all fighting to gain a share in the millions of Internet users surfing the Web. These search engines provide an interface between the human user and the data that is being uploaded every second of everyday onto the Internet.

Everyone has a favourite search engine and whilst some search engines do a better job than others in returning relevant information, many have developed features that can be useful for more concise research.

Search engines gather information by sending out crawler or spider robot programmes to gather information stored on the web. Meta search engines use the search engines to provide search results gathered from a selection of various search engines and web directories tend to have human editors where it is necessary to submit your website in order to be listed.

There is a fast FREE way of ensuring that a new website is found and ranked fast by all the major search engines without having to submit the site and therefore delay indexing by the search engines by what can sometimes be months.

TOP TEN SEARCH ENGINES

  • Google - Currently the number one and most used search engine on the Internet. Google ranks web pages based on a complex algorithm returning web pages in organic results or by paid for sponsored links. One annoyance to UK users is Google's failure to resolve UK/American English spelling issues. 8/10

  • Boogami - This is the search engine that was built by James Wildish when he was just a sixteen year old student. Unique in the way that it generates income through pixel advertising; it is a search engine that we all need to support and watch its development with interest.

  • MSN - The Microsoft search engine provides searches of the Web, deep Web sources, News and other useful services like MSN messenger. A search builder facility that includes a facility to retrieve results based on recent web updates, popularity, exact or approximate match. 8/10

  • Yahoo - The Yahoo search engine provides general web search facilities with advanced and personalised results. Other services include a web directory and Buzz Log. 7/10

  • AltaVista - I have always liked this search engine as this search engine finds websites and Usenet newsgroups using the latest advanced Boolean and field search options. Simple to use, this is one of the search engines that has stuck to its knitting, returning some of the most accurate results on the Web. 9/10

  • A9.com - If you do a lot of research you could get hooked on this one. A9 is a search engine owned by Amazon that provides search results from the Internet in conjunction with a number of neat features, including book results from Amazon. A9 saves your search history, provides thumbnail web images and tracks the history of sites you have visited in the past. 9/10

  • ALEXA - Alexa is a useful tool for any search engine optimisers. Returning results powered by Google with additional data on traffic ranking, links to pages, traffic levels by Alexa users, thumbnail images and links to related pages of interest. 8/10

  • Utopele - Whilst other search engines have gone down the road of pay per click advertising, this search engine, rather than compete has opted to provide paid for inclusion with the facility for website owners to build static web pages. A clever idea because Google, MSN, Yahoo and all the other major search engines will be able to search this directory as opposed to the Meta search engines that search them. Anyone starting out on the web or trying to direct traffic to their website should use this search engine. Simple but very intelligent idea; highly recommended and one to watch.

  • EXCITE - nice clean exacting results from another search engine that has remained faithful to the cause. Lots of other options worth investigating. Recommend you try this one.

  • ASK - Formerly Ask Jeeves and Teoma, this search engine provides a general search of the Web with enhanced specialty searches - images, dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopaedia, maps and news. One irritant is their insistence on defaulting to their international domains wherever you dial up, ignoring the huge numbers of world travellers. 6/10

  • Lycos - Lycos is a general search engine that also provides searches on a limited number of deep Web content sources like people look-up, yellow pages and multimedia. Rather lost its way in forgetting that surfers who might not want to be confronted by sponsored links and prefer the organic results are using them. 4/10

If you have a website and you are checking to see how it performs in the search engines and you are getting disappointing results, it is worth remembering the following.

It is not usually the fault of the search engine if your website does not perform. This responsibility lies at the feet of your website designer. Most websites aren't even built for the search engines and in the majority of cases, the search engines cannot even access the information. Other causes for poor performance can be the type server, how it is set up or where it is based, poor or no optimisation, lack of content, poor link popularity and anyone of a hundred other reason. The following links may be of help.

Professional website designers who build websites for the search engines. The majority of websites are not designed with the search engines in mind, leading us to come to the conclusion that most website designers do not understand the search engines.

Competitive website designers.

Search engine optimisers. If you are a serious Internet business with a website that is returning poor results, these people can help.

Search engine marketing. If you are someone who is not 100% conversant with the search engines, you need help and advice. This is not something you should try and do for yourself.

Search engine submission.

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SEARCH ENGINES A-Z

  • A9.com - A9 is a search engine owned by Amazon that provides search results from the Internet in conjunction with a number of neat features, including book results from Amazon. A9 saves your search history, provides thumbnail web images and tracks the history of sites you have visited in the past. Certainly one to watch.

  • ACCUMO - Accumo clusters and groups information Google into concepts and groups and provides the fee-based Accumo Classifier software for desktop use. Nice clean results and useful search tool.

  • ALEXA - Alexa is a useful tool for any search engine optimisers. Returning results powered by Google with additional data on traffic ranking, links to pages, traffic levels by Alexa users, thumbnail images and links to related pages of interest. Another search engine to watch for the future.

  • ALLTHEWEB - AllTheWeb is a search engine that uses the Yahoo crawler to gather its data. Results are fast and clean but is another search engine that is giving place prominence to sponsored links. This search engine also provides multimedia and news search facilities and has an excellent advanced search interface.

  • AltaVista - this Yahoo owned search engine searches for websites and Usenet newsgroups using the latest advanced Boolean and field search options. Simple to use, this is one of the search engines that has stuck to its knitting, returning some of the most accurate results on the Web. Useful translation tool is: Babel Fish, http://world.altavista.com the AltaVista useful translation service.

  • AOL - Google enhanced search engine with in your face sponsored results. Clip and save search facility and provides an options template for easy search building; has a facility to view results by popularity.

  • ASK - Formerly Ask Jeeves and Teoma, this search engine provides a general search of the Web with enhanced specialty searches - images, dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopaedia, maps and news. One irritant is their insistence on defaulting to their international domains wherever you dial up, ignoring the huge numbers of world travellers.

  • BananaSlug - totally lost on me this one. This search engine uses Google to search the web and then confuses your search with a random word from an additional category of your choice. God knows why because I couldn't find anything useful. Whatever the guy was on who came up with this idea/name, I could do with some right now.

  • Brainboost - Took me a minute to work out what this was about. Clever - in fact very clever but you need an IQ over 150 to really use it well. You need to ask the right questions in the right way but I think this one has a future.

  • Exalead - quite liked this one but my colour blindness spoiled it a bit. This search engine offers concept clustering, handy if you use clustering when optimising a site. Good thumbnail images of web results, and numerous options such as organisation of results by file type and geographic facilities.

  • EXCITE - I like this search engine. Nice clean exacting results from another search engine that has remained faithful to the cause. Lots of other options worth investigating. Recommend you try this one.

  • Factbites - Useful beta search engine that provides full topic matches and returns meaningful, full sentences and phrases of websites in its results list

  • GO.com is a search engine owned by the Walt Disney Internet Group and powered by Yahoo. Doesn't appear to do anything other than default to Yahoo when you search.

  • Google - Currently the number one and most used search engine on the Internet. Google ranks web pages based on a complex algorithm returning web pages in organic results or by paid for sponsored links. Google also offers a range of useful services http://www.google.com/options that are worth looking into if you have the time.

  • HotBot - All a bit dated and basic but HotBot offers an easy form-based Boolean search, field, and media search options. Damned sponsored links in my face again, which are never what I want. Possibilities to search MSN, ASK and Google at the click of a button is useful. Includes its channel content with the results for searches on broad or popular terms; clusters results by presenting one hit per site

  • IceRocket - this search engine defaults to a blog search. I hate Blogs. But it also offers thumbnail info from Alexa which I found useful, also saves a search history, creates an RSS feed of search results, and offers a free RSS builder. I'll use it again.

  • Lycos - Lycos is a general search engine that also provides searches on a limited number of deep Web content sources like people look-up, yellow pages and multimedia. Rather lost its way in forgetting that they are being used by surfers who might not want to be confronted by sponsored links and prefer the organic results.

  • MSN - The Microsoft search engine provides searches of the Web, deep Web sources, News and other useful services like MSN messenger. A search builder facility that includes a facility to retrieve results based on recent web updates, popularity, exact or approximate match. They plan on replacing this facility with Windows Live http://www.live.com/

  • Thunderstone Website Index - Extremely accurate. This search engine is very good at finding companies and organisations by purpose, product, subject matter or location. This search engine attempts to focus on the quality of answers, not the quantity and does it very well.

  • UJIKO - This is what you get when you give a website designer a free reign. Sorry guys, but after a ten hour day, I couldn't focus on this at all. Offers topic classification for subsequent searches but the results I got were very poor - at least the ones I forced myself to look at.

  • Utopele - Whilst other search engines have gone down the road of pay per click advertising, this search engine, rather than compete has opted to provide paid for inclusion with the facility for website owners to build static web pages. A clever idea because Google, MSN, Yahoo and all the other major search engines will be able to search this directory as opposed to the Meta search engines that search them. Anyone starting out on the web or trying to direct traffic to their website should use this search engine. Simple but very intelligent idea; highly recommended and one to watch.

  • Yahoo - The Yahoo search engine provides general web search facilities with advanced and personalised results. Other services include a web directory and Buzz Log

META SEARCH ENGINES

Meta search engines have risen in popularity as they provide the possibility to search more than one search engine at the click of a button. This also enables website owners to check the performance of their websites far more simply.

If you are disappointed with the performance of your website there are real solutions.

  • AllinOne MetaSearch - Nice and clean results, searching Lycos, Netscape, AOL, Altavista, MSN, Yahoo, Hotbot and Alltheweb with results organized into concept clusters

  • Cacti Search - these people have been on the cactus juice I think. This meta search engine searches Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask, and retrieves the infromation in collated results with the option to view results from each engine separately but I found the results difficult to read and take in

  • Chubba - Claims to be big on results but I found this meta search engine very limited -searches the Web, dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia but disappointing

  • Clusty - meta search engine that clusters search results from a variety of surface and deep Web sources, including, Gigablast, Ask, Wisenut and MSN and organizes them into clusters by topic and site also provides a variety of customisation options. Nothing new here.

  • Don Busca - Seen one, you feel you have seen them all. Another website designer let loose after office hours. Searches the Web, news, Blogs, and provides a variety of options with each web result including concept clusters, some visual thumbnails of some websites, cached versions, links to sites with archives, plus site info from a number of sources with bookmark management options

  • Dogpile - One of the original and best. Dogpile searches the Looksmart, About, Google, ASK, MSN and Yahoo search engines and retrieves results by relevance and/or separate source engine; can present concept clusters for viewing results organised by keywords and/or topics

  • Fazzle - Good results but untidy, difficult to read results; I would call them fazzled. Searches Altavista, Netscape, Wisenut, MSN, Yahoo with several search procedures including search by title, phrase and Boolean, also provides specialty searches of downloads, images, video and other topics on the deep Web. Made me wonder why someone had entered the market with another same old idea

  • Findelio - The new kid on the block but nothing really new here. Nice clean and accurate results though through, Altavista, MSN, Yahoo, ASK, and Looksmart can include a list of related searches with each set of results

  • iBoogie - Meta search engine using Beta to search AllTheWeb, WiseNut, MSN, Yahoo and Netscape plus multimedia sources and provides real-time concept clustering of results

  • InfoGrid - One small step for mankind in the wrong direction. Some high tech people will like it though I found the results Fazzled, slow not really coherent. This search engine provides a whole raft of services, meta and news searching; portal interface also features the Open Directory, topical Info grids, with additional customisation of topics available in a free download. Will probably gain popularity with people who like their techie toys.

  • Infonetware - Infonetware WebSearch is a demonstration of RealTerm technology applied to Internet search. It submits your query to a traditional Internet search engine and then sorts the results into topics.

  • Ixquick - this search engine indexes results based on top ten rankings from the source sites; good clean accurate results, allows all types of search syntax and translates and directs your search accordingly. Worth visiting.

  • Kartoo - I just loved this Flash search engine, though I wouldn't want to use it everyday. Just a lot of love and attention has gone into it. Accurate results too. You must give it a go just for a laugh. HTML version is also worth a visit.

  • KillerInfo - this meta search engine retrieves information from Altavista, MSN, Alltheweb, Wisenut, AOL etc and various topic-specific sources and organises results into concept clusters. Nice clean accurate results

  • Mamma - This search engine searches Ask, Wisenut, Entireweb and MSN and retrieves results in order of relevancy; Nice clean accurate results.

  • MetaCrawler - meta search of Google, LookSmart, MSN, ASK, About and Yahoo and returns results in order of relevancy; useful power search available with a template of search options and thesaurus.

  • METAEUREKA - This Meta search engine searches a whole raft of search engines but I found the results disappointing with those damned sponsored links crowding my screen again. proivdes Site information link that returns information on the server, date last modified, descriptive test and size. also links to site history via Wayback Machine and popularity ratings from Alexa.

  • Mooter - meta search engine with graphical layout enabling surfers to supposedly create more accurate searches. Found the results a little disappointing.

  • SurfWax - Provides facilities to see a quick view of sites in the search results that are frankly almost unreadable

  • Trexy - beta meta search engine that tracks what it calls trails of the web pages you visit. Couldn't see the point of this one and lost interest very quickly because the results were not what I was looking for.

  • Turbo10 - A meta search engine worth visiting at last. This one retrieves results from multiple sources and the deep web, provides ranking by speed and relevance; thumbs and concept clusters and organises results with keywords and subtopics quick search.

  • Vivisimo - provides a search right service by combining the simplicity and innovation of consumer search with the flexibility and control of enterprise software. I actually found the results disappointing.

  • Windseek.com Searches a number of search engines. Nice clean easily read results that actually related to what I was looking for. Keep it simple is the golden rule here.

  • Yooci - Yet another meta search engine with OO in the name. Shouldn't have bothered.

  • ZapMeta - No double O but it gets a 00 - sponsored results fill the screen proving to me that this is just another attempt to profit rather than provide a service.

We are interested in hearing from any search or MetaSearch engines who feel that they offer something useful or at least different to other search engines. If you would like to be reviewed contact us.

WEB DIRECTORIES

Web directories tend to have human editors, charge a fee to be listed and tend to be good value for money if you choose the right ones. I have listed a few here:

Egosumspartacus. Delivers results like a search engine but also places your link on hundreds of other websites and web directories. Extremely important.

Holiday Web Sites. The most important holiday web site network. Returns results in order of sites providing the most click throughs to the network.

SCOPULA. Big busy directory but not cheap to advertise.

WEB ENQUIRIES. Returns results in order of most relevant and uses Spartacus technology to place links on other web pages. Very useful marketing tool.

World One Call. Web directory that monitors the standards of holiday accommodation advertised on the Internet.



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