HOW TO SEARCH THE WEB FOR ANSWER OR INFORMATION EFFECTIVELY
Prior to the inception of the internet people of all works of life had found it difficult
to look for information, so many obstacles has impede their venture but now the world
has change internet is taking the centre stage of globalization and it’s doing it greatly.
And ever since the internet came people have looking for ways to tap into it’s vast
resources that is why I decided go put together an effective guide on how to search for information online.
WHAT IS A SEARCH ENGINE
A search engine is a software robot that crawl through hundreds of millions of website pages for information using the computer network.
A computer program that gather documents or files or data from a computer network or data base.
Have you been wondering how to search for information without having to go through hundreds of pages online? In this book I have explained how to search the web efficiently for answers and information and discuss the problems that people normally face when trying to look for information online.
Since the phenomenal inception of the internet and the discovery of its various capabilities many people have venture into tapping it’s great and almost unlimited resources—looking for information and answers to questions. These of course has proven difficult to many, resultantly leaving them frustrated or getting them to stop searching for information or answers online.
In this book I described many ways to make renown search engine (such as Google, Yahoo, Answers, Bing, Ask and so on) to find you information (or answers to your questions).
Now how to search effective begins from here:
Using quotes around questions or terms make search engines to bring search result of words in that order in which they are typed or phrased. This also tells the search engine that you want the words right next to each other.
Now, Let say you are looking for information on how to make money online.
Write this on the search engine: “How to make money online”
Compare this phrase online with: How to make money online
Also check for the number of website in which this information can be found. You’ll discover that the number of website displaying the information with a quote wrapped around it will be less than that without quote. Note that this does note mean that the one without the quote has more answers, it means that it opens unnecessary sites. Wrapping quotes around your questions, phrase or terms when searching filters unnecessary site form the search engines an automatically increase to a very high degree the tendency to find information you are looking for online. To effectively search the net for answers using quote brings to you what you want.
Using negative sign before a word(s) automatically tells the search engine you do not want the word to be included in the search results. For example: you are looking for information about somebody let say a scientist whose first name you know, for instance albert but whose last name you do not. But some how you know it couldn’t be Gary.
Note: Albert – Gary
This tells the search engine to eliminate Gary from the search result
Be conscious of the words you use. Use important words in other to filter out unnecessary search result, for instance you are looking for information on “online marketing”.
Write this on the search engine: online marketing
Don’t do these: How can I get information on online marketing.
SPECIFYING SITES TO CONDUCT SEARCH ON
You can specify site you want to search for information. For instance You can specify site like yahoo by writing site:Yahoo.com. for sites pertaining education you can specify by writing site:.edu. This search will the search engine to conduct search inside the specified site or website. Example: let say you are looking for top stories from BBC.
Write this on the search engine: “Top stories” site:bbc.com
You can also exclude site you don’t want the search engine to search from your query by writing in the site address minus sign right in front of it.
Write this on the search engine: Education for all- site:nsukonline.com
You can guess URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or a web address. The address should not contain space. You may want information patterning online marketing you could just guess by:
Write this on the search engine: Online Marketing.com on the address bar.
You should put it at the back of your mind that guesses only works sometimes.
WHAT “WHAT IS”QUESTIONS WILL GIVE YOU
If you are searching for answers using “What is” it could prove efficient.
Write this on the search engine: what is a internet
The possible places you could find answers are:
· Forums of discussion from various websites
· Or an online encyclopaedia or dictionary
· Other education or article base site
Using “what is” will give you direct answers t a question on net if that information is available.
2. Using “Define” also could prove effective if you are looking for the definition of let say man
Write this on the search engine: Define Man
The possible places that could bring up answers are:
· Online encyclopaedia/dictionary
· An article base website
· Educational site
3. Looking for a site you don’t know the address.
If you are unsure about the address of a site you want to visit all you need to do is to type in the name of the company in the search engine or a word or phrase related or peculiar to the company organisation association and son on
TOP SEARCH ENGINES:
PROBLEMS PEOPLE FACE WHEN SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION ONLINE
There are a great number of problem that people face when trying search for information online.
1. Indiscriminate use of irrelevant words
2. Using other website search engine those built to search information specific to the site like searching it’s content, for instance pages for words similar to the one you typed in the search box.
3. Wrong spelling: most people misspell words, as a result finding it difficult in getting answers or information.
METTA SEARCH ENGINE
A metta-search engine is a search tool that sends user requests to several other search engines and or data bases and aggregates the result into a single list or display them according to their source.
LIST OF METTA SEARCH ENGINE
Not a true search engine, but a portal to the most popular search engines. Favitt provides some customisation of it’s appearance. Provides access to google, bing, Youtube, New Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Digg and Others.
A specialist metta-search engine for file extension provides a search across many different file extension list on the internal.
provides and interface allowing searches across different types of search engines.
Moster crawler, searches Google, yahoo, Bing and ask as well as returning search result from sponsors.
Meta search engine that uses Google, Yahoo and Live Search and is available in wide range of different language.
Searches against its own engine which sites can be added to by pain inclusion only and range of others.
Searches using Gigablast, Acitheweb, Altavis, Ask, Aol, Bing, Yahoo and Google.
Uses AskJeves, Lycos, Msn and others
Uses Google, Yahoo, Ask, Jeves, About look smart, Overtive and find what.
not a true (meta) search engine
fast and transparent meta search engine in swiss quality.
uses Google, Yahoo and Bing.
formgle describe itself as a front end to other search engine
Uses Aol, Altavista, Excite, fast search, Goto, Hotbot, infoseek, liveDirectory, LookSmart, Lycos, MSN, Snap, Webscrawler and Yahoo.
Provides a very unique way of displaying results, which does make it stand out from the crowd.
Searches Yahoo, bing and Ask
uses Infoseek, LookSmart, Lycos, webcrawler, goto, DirectHit, Google, internet keywords, findwhat. Engine use may change overtime.
meta search engine that collects search results from Google, yahoo, MSN and Ask Jeeves. Also Include a live chat facility to chatting with other users with similar searches
Uses Snap, DirectHit, yahoo, Lycos, Inktomi and others.
seach3 provides results from Google twitter and bing, presenting them in a separate columns on one page.
provides results from AllTheWeb, yahoo and MSN
the tripleme search engine fetches results from MSN, Yahoo.
uses google, yahoo and Bing. Also allows search across jobs, classified, redEstate and others
Installable software Search Engine
1. Rapidlibrary.com: this site has a variety of files uploaded by users around the world it can also give user ability to search and download files. If you are looking for eBooks this sites will hope you get some.
2. 4shared.com: You can fine computer applications, eBooks, mobile applications and host of other files like videos, music, pictures uploaded by users.
3. Pdfdatabase.com: there are mainly eBooks on this site, eBooks in pdf, doc other format can be found on this site.
4. Sharemobile.ro: Mobile applications, games and computer applications, pictures and son on.
Yahoo answers is an important and effective way to get answers from people directly online. At yahoo answers questions are posted. Answers are usually given by people around the would.
HOW TO USE YAHOO! ANSWERS
1. Visit www.yahooanswers.com
2. Signin using your yahoomail account and password
3. Post questions and get answer or see posted questions from people
4. See posted questions from people around the world that are related your own, then check the answers to the questions.
You know search engine searches pages of website for words or phrase for sentence similar or exactly like the one you type in the search box or you ask it to search, for instance you want to download eBooks, all you need to do is;
Write this on the search engine:
Download eBooks for free Or
eBooks for downloads for free Or
We give eBooks for downloads for free
Don’t do these: Where do I download eBooks for free
Analysis: The first group of sentence will give you the site to download eBooks for free while the second instance of sentence will probably give you site which shows list of website that you can download eBooks for free or site that has information about the free eBooks and perhaps where to download it. Go for the first instance because it saves you time this of course is the effective way to search for answers online.