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Search engines are by far the starting point for Internet users each and every day from home and the office. With nearly 90% of Internet traffic originating from the major search engines and directories daily, getting your website listed with the major portals is essential. The larger search engines index over 120 million documents, so competing for the top spots is extremely difficult and competitive. This guide documents what search engines look for when indexing, what to avoid, and other tips to help boost your rankings.

We researched the top search engines, indices and other websites that have shown to influence a significant part of the web as starting points. From our findings, we report to you how the search engines work, how they search and what they look for in a website when indexing. From below, select a search engine to view our findings.



Search Engine Comparisons
View a comparison of all the search engines we index in this guide and their advantages/disadvantages of each one ...
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Search Engine Stability Report
Keep abreast of which search engines have recently changed their algorithms and anticipated delays in getting your website listed ...
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Search Engine Reviews

Alexa Review
Alexa is a browsing aid that relates similar web sites together based on certain criteria ...
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Altavista Review
Altavista is one of the largest scale search engines that indexes your entire website ...
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AOL Netfind Review
America Online's Netfind is a very important resource to ensure that AOL users can find your site ...
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Ask Jeeves Review
Ask Jeeves is a natural language search engine which attempts to resolve your questions into appropriate answers ...
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Canada.com Review
Canada.com is a medium/large scale search engine which is targeted to Canadian users ...
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Direct Hit Review
Direct Hit is the largest popularity based search engines which powers most of the industry players ...
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Dogpile Review
Dogpile is a meta search engine which queries multiple sites at once including major industry players ...
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Enhance Interactive Review
Enhance is a pay-per-click search engine that was formerly Ah-Ha with minimum bids of only 3c per click ...
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Excite Review
Excite is a medium/large scale search engine and portal that is increasing its popularity ...
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FAST Search Review
FAST Search is a new contender in the search engine market but has already become a major player in under a year ...
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Google Review
Google is a new and growing search engine that has become a major contender in the search engine market ...
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Hotbot Review
Hotbot is a medium/large scale search engine which has now become part of the Lycos Network ...
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Infoseek Review
Infoseek is a medium/large scale engine which has lost much of its popularity but is still an important resource ...
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Infospace Review
Infospace's database is powered by the Netscape Open Directory Project and the Inktomi database ...
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Iwon Review
Iwon is a new search engine that rewards users with contest entries the more they use the search engine service ...
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Looksmart Review
Looksmart has become one of the most commercialized search engines and directory services since its inception ...
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Lycos Review
Lycos is a large scale search engine and web portal that has increased its services beyond searching the web ...
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Magellan Review
Magellan is an old search engine which was very popular around the same time Yahoo was introduced ...
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Metacrawler Review
Metacrawler is a meta search engine which queries multiple sites at once including major industry players ...
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Northern Light Review
Northern Light is a large scale search engine which index the web and traditional media ...
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Open Directory Project Review
The Open Directory Project (ODP) is one of the largest databases that powers multiple search engines ...
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Overture Review
Overture is a pay-per-performance search engine that tailors to mostly business users ...
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Search123 Review
Search123 is one of the recent search engines to implement a real-time submission and bidding system ...
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Snap Review
Snap is a directory service which is powered by people and is categorized by topics ...
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Webcrawler Review
Webcrawler is an old search engine but still a popular engine which should not be forgotten ...
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WhatUSeek Review
WhatUSeek is a meta search engine which queries multiple sites at once including major industry players ...
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Yahoo Review
Yahoo is the oldest and still the most popular directory service for searching the web ...
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