General Search Engines
Important Engines, Part 2
This short article lists even more important general search engines for your reference. The biggest engines having the most visitors however can be found in part 1 of our engine list.
Cuil (pronounced cool) says that it indexes 121 billion sites. The results list contains a graphic and a short excerpt from each web site. This format is very different from the usual list of search results, and it may take some time to get used to. It does index blogs and wikis.
Alta Vista (http://www.altavista.com)
The advanced search option provides for Boolean searching, and by date. There are separate searches for audio, video, images and news. AltaVista search results are obtained from Yahoo!. AltaVista is owned by Overture.
Ask Jeeves has merged with Teoma and the result is this site. Beware of the sponsored results (ads) tucked among the web sites in the results. Ask does suggest some helpful related searches.
Middle Spot (http://middlespot.com)
Middle Spot shows you screenshots of the web sites found in your search which makes it easier to decide on which sites to visit. Sites may also be saved to a workpad. You may search for web sites, images, and news.
The Lycos web directory uses the Look Smart Directory. Note that paid listings are presented first. Lycos may now also be using the Yahoo database.
The Way Back Machine (http://www.archive.org/web/web.php)
Use this site to search for old web pages.
Websites with further information:
- Your Listing on this Page
- Your website could be listed on one of our pages with stories from A-Z! If you add our homepage to one of your webpages we will include your site's title, description and graphic here.
Web 2.0 Search Sites
This short article lists parallel Internet query engines which you can use to submit your questions to several search engines at one time. The meta-search engines mentioned here are specialized in finding web 2.0 internet pages like blogs, social web and video sites, and more...
Web search engine
A web search engine is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. The search results are generally presented in a list of results and are often called hits. The information may consist of web pages, images, information and other types of files. Some search engines also mine data available in databases or open directories. Unlike Web directories, which are maintained by human editors, search engines operate algorithmically or are a mixture of algorithmic and human input.
General Search Engines
Web 2.0 Search Engines
This short article lists general search engines that index web 2.0 internet pages like blogs, social web and video sites, and more... As usual there are many more such engines out there but these are some good places to start your search.
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Further Topics, Special Information
Nowadays it is often standard not only to add your website to a list of webpages using a short description but to write an informative story which points to your site. Also we offer you the possibility to tell your readers more about yourself thereby making a lasting impression which would be impossible by simply using a title and a short description alone.
Texts for the internet should be written differently than stories for a newspaper or a book: Since most of the visitors of an internet page only skim through the offered texts in order to find the information they seek as quickly as possible a solid structure of your story is crucial for its success. It is therefore best to already start your text with a summarizing overview and to only then present the detail information step by step - this way your readers will know from the beginning what the text will be about.
Use short paragraphs that structure your story in single ideas - a maximum of 3-4 sentences per paragraph is ideal. Besides the main heading of the story subheadings should be used so that visitors can find the part of the text they are interested in by skimming. The headings should not be longer than 10 words and summarize the following part of the story in an informative way. Also the usage of bold and italic words offers the possibility to highlight important passages of the text. But italic characters can be hard to read on screen - if they are used to mark citations quotation marks therefore can be used as an alternative for highlighting.
Lists with bullets are also ideal to structure ideas in a way that can be captured at a glance and that differs from the rest of the text - if you want to stress the amount of information in your story (e.g. 8 Methods for Writing better Stories) you can also use numbered lists. Furthermore images and references are elements that attract attention and thereby structure a story - if possible your images should have a highlighted caption that gets the attention of your readers. References can be combined with quotations and lead to the originator of the statement - if you highlight quotations using coloured text the structure of your story is enhanced further.
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- Website: Our short description is "Avalon's Treasury - Alternative Health, Jewelry and Books about Crystal Healing".
- Page: Stories and websites about "Further Topics, Special Information" can be found on this page.
Stories are today very often used for pointing to one's own website since they entertain and inform the visitor of a webpage and this way bring more interested readers to the site. Make sure that your stories are structured in a way that allows the skimming of the text - by this you will gain more readers which in the long run leads to more visitors of your website.