How to work the search engines!May 3 1999 at 1:28 PM
Response to Why so many different engines?
Well..search engines is one topic I know a
lot about; If you are having problems narrowing
a search you need to do the following. Look
for search engines which allow you to narrow
the search; I recommend Infoseek. May I give you
Lets say you are searching Internet Marketing
for women who have sites in Arkansas
This is what you do:
1) go to www.infoseek.com
2) In the area which is empty next to the box
which says search enter the word: Marketing
and press the search button.
3) When the next page comes up in the grey area
enter the word: "Internet" and bring your cursor to the round circle which says "search within results" and mark a "dot" THEN press
the search button.
4) In the search area enter the word: "women"
place a mark again under the search within
results and THEN press the search button.
5) In the search area enter the word: Arkansas
and again press the button next to search
within results and THEN press the search
Essentially what you are doing in narrowing
the search by telling this search engine to
search again within the results which have
already been given. Don't forget to check each
time and see how many websites were brought up
after each word entry; as you might want to
stop ,scroll down and look at the websites
which were found.
Infoseek for this reason, is one of the best
sites around; you can go from the most general
to specific subjects. Good luck with this
search engine; make sure to always press the
button after each entry "to search within results"
or you will begin a whole new search and wasted
a lot of time.
From one who knows the "secret of search engines"
By the way would anyone be interested in information on searching, because this is one area
which I thought it might be interesting to develop a manual.
My reservation to developing a manual has been
because the search engines change so rapidly, but
some search engines just keep getting better and
building from their foundation. Good luck everyone!