Search Tools

This page links you to a variety of standard search tools (directories, search engines, meta-search engines, etc)

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Search Tools: DMOZ Google ( advanced, settings, help),  Bing ( options, keywords), Yippy , ixquick,
Web Analytics:  Alexa siteinfo , Alexa Top Sites,        Similarweb,        URLMetrics ( urlm.co , urlm.co.uk, ca.urlm.com , au.urlm.com/ )    

Internet Directories: best used by browsing (vs. searching) when you are early in your search, or are still learning about your topic

  1. Dmoz Open Directory Links to 4 million websites sorted into 1 million categories
  2. About.com - A subject tree, where the authors share in the advertising revenue.
  3. Example directories: www.thegolfcourses.net , www.bigmax.ru  (archive), 

Search Engines: Use detailed keywords. Read the online help and advanced features for each search engine.

  1. Google, search.yahoo.com, Bing
  2. Search Engine Watch: Search Engine News & Tips.
  3. ranking.thumbshots.com - compares the search results of various search engines
  4. robotstxt - has a list of known search engine robots.

Meta-Search Engines: Pass your keywords to multiple search engines at once.

  1. ixquick , YippyWebCrawler,

Web Analytics: Research the popularity and user demographics of websites before you visit them.

  1.  Alexa siteinfo - enter a web address into their search box
  2.  Alexa Top Sites - lists the top 50 most popular sites, can also view most popular sites by country  
  3. Similarweb  - enter a web address OR the name of a phone app
  4. URLMetrics ( urlm.co , urlm.co.uk, ca.urlm.com , au.urlm.com/

"User Pages" - Resources built by "people without a life" 

  1. Could be listed at a directory such as dmoz.org.   Browse around to the subject of your choice.  Look  for "organizations" , "directories",   or  "FAQ's" listings  for your subject area.
  2. Wikipedia - Many of the better websites will be linked from the bottom of a Wikipedia page about the subject.  Look for the section called "external links"
  3. old.wikimapia.org - A map where users can add their own comments. I suggest you initially set "map type" to "Google map" , zoom out, pan around, and zoom in to a location of interest.. and then set "map type" to "wikimapia classic" to see all the user comments.
  4. Try surfing upstream from individual sites that you have discovered.

Russ Haynal -  Internet Instructor and Speaker

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