Search.comThe Best Kept Secret On The Internet

Search.comThe Best Kept Secret On The Internet

by: Dean Phillips

A Dean Phillips fan (her words, not mine) wrote me an email asking, if I hate Google, DMOZ and Yahoo! so much, why don’t I recommend an alternative search engine? I had to laugh, because Iกve been receiving a lot of those types of emails lately.

However, to set the record straight, I don’t hate Google, DMOZ and Yahoo!. I really don’t. Hate is such a ridiculous waste of energy. I do have problems with the way they conduct businessbut hate them, no. My articles are merely an expression of my right to free speech. The same right we all have. Itกs just that Iกm an extremely passionate person with an aggressive personality, and that comes through loud and clear in my writing.

Anyway, I thought about what my กfanก said in her email, and decided, why not suggest an alternative search engine? Search.com is my choice.

As search engines go, Search.com has to be the best kept secret on the Internet. I discovered them about two years ago, and Iกve been using them ever since.

Search.com is a metasearch search engine. So, whatกs a metasearch search engine? Glad you asked. Let me explain. Most search engines simply compile results from a single database of web sites. A metasearch search engine actually compiles search results from a variety of sources. When you enter a query at Search.com, you actually submit your query to the top search engines on the Internet, and then merge the results eliminating any duplicates.

Search.com is owned by CNET Networks, Inc. CNET, www.cnet.com is the trusted source of information for millions of technology consumers around the world. Winner of countless awards, CNET provides expert and unbiased advice on technology products, and services to inform users and expedite purchasing.

Integrating an extensive directory of more than 200,000 computer, technology, and consumer electronics products with editorial content, downloads, trends, reviews and price comparisons, CNET gives users the most uptodate and efficient shopping resources on the Web. CNET is also comprised of News.com, CNET.com, CNET Download.com, CNET Reviews, CNET Shopper.com, GameSpot.com, MP3.com, mySimon.com, Search.com, TechRepublic.com, Webshots.com, ZDNet.com, and International Sites.

Whew! Did I just sound like a commercial for these guys or what? Anyway, let me explain why I like Search.com so much. Being a metasearch search engine, it literally gives you the best of all worlds. It searches Google, Ask Jeeves, Business.com, Kanoodle, LookSmart, MSN, Open Directory, plus dozens of other leading search engines.

However, itกs important to point out that they apply their own technology to these results to ensure that you get the absolute best results possible as fast as possible. Search.com also has some useful and fun features.

A feature I particularly like is you can actually preview web sites before you click on them, with their thumbnail option, by selecting กshow thumbnailsก or กhide thumbnailsก on the search results page.

Another fun feature is you can personalize Search.com, by selecting one of five color schemes using the toolbar on the front page.

You can also narrow and finetune your search, by clicking on the tabs located above the search box. This will limit your search to Downloads, Shopping, Games, or กMoreก where you can research by topic.

Search.com also has customizable category searches where you can personally select the sources they search by using their customization feature accessible by clicking กadvancedก under the search box or any link on the research by topic page.

Now, all of these things notwithstanding, I have to warn you, there is nothing aesthetically pleasing about Search.com. Itกs a very basic, plain looking search engine.

However, if you can get past the cosmetics issue, I think youกll find Search.com delivers some big time results!

About The Author

Dean Phillips is an Internet marketing expert, writer, publisher and entrepreneur. Questions? Comments? Dean can be reached at mailto: [email protected]

Visit his website at: http://www.letsmakemoney.net

This article was posted on October 19, 2004

by Dean Phillips