About.com is a hierarchical search engine maintained by human 'guides' who
carefully research and grade similar content available on the Internet. The
addition of the human element ensures highly accurate, targeted results to
broad searches, and prevents mismatches, misinformation, and dead links.
"No matter how advanced technology gets, it'll never replace smart people
Over the years, AskJeeves has gained notoriety for serving correct
answers to natural questions. AskJeeves, which is powered by it's own
search engine named Teoma, is innovating "invisible tabs" in it's
SmartSearch technology today. This crawler and editor based search engine
continues to be a leader in providing excellent results.
Google is one of the top search engines today, earning high
praise for the relevancy and amount of quality results returned.
In addition, Google provides specialty search capabilities for products,
local-only sites, Q&A, and images among many others. Google is a
crawler based engine and uses a multitude of factors to provide arguably
better results than most engines.
Open Directory >
Open Directory (also known as DMOZ) focuses on directory based searches, similar to About.com, but without the guide part. Human editors ensure highly
accurate and relevant sites make up the directory. Unlike the popular
search-box engines, directories like this one are best utilized by manually digging down by
topic rather than letting the engine decide results based on keywords.
Yahoo! is one of the top search engine and entertainment search portal
today. Yahoo! offers nearly everything imaginable on the web: free email,
site hosting, chats, auctions, news, finance, sports -- the list goes on. Yahoo!
is the Internet's oldest website directory and is the leading integrator of
new content. Complimented by a monthly publication available at all newsstands,
Yahoo! is the granddaddy of the Internet portals.
a new engine and gaining popularity. Although its index is smaller than
most engines and it's algorithms are experimental, it provides dependable
results. For a good alternative to the major search engines, Gigablast is
worth a try.
A unique search engine, Looksmart blends natural results and pay per
submission results. Looksmart's natural results are powered by Zeal, a
community based index of human reviewed sites. Search results could
be described as blending the human touch of About.com with the legitimacy
benefit of Overture.
MSN Search >
MSN Search results are currently powered by Yahoo! Microsoft is in
transition to offer its own search results coming as early as late 2004 and is highly anticipated to be
a new leader in the search engine arena.
WebCrawler is a meta search engine, creating results that are a blend of
the popular search engines, unlike HotBot. Results are blended from
Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, About, Teoma, FindWhat, LookSmart, and many more
Once considered the king of search, Altavista now owned by Yahoo! provides
a clean, simple interface returning Yahoo! search results, but without all
the features, bells, and whistles of Yahoo's website.
HotBot's strength is in providing searching of Yahoo!, Google, and Teoma in
one site, but the results are not blended. Once a popular search
engine, it now serves as a smaller, unique engine owned by Terra Lycos. The engine's familiar wild color scheme when it was partners with Wired
Magazine still continues today.
A unique search engine indexed by partnered advertisers based on a pay per
submission bidding mechanism. By charging a listing fee and tightly managing
the database, Overture.com searches will provide accurate results to
legitimate web space. Additionally, since Overture.com generates revenues
from submitted hosts, they can afford to abandon the "features" typical on
other portals: ads, chats, free email, etc.