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Top 20 Search Engine by Popularity
Which all are the best search engines used?

 8:58 am on Dec 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

Which are the top Search Engines which draw the maximum Internet Traffic?

Can anyone help me out here ??

Thanks and Regards




 11:15 am on Dec 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

hi, and welcome to webmaster world. The question is a little complicated by whether you mean search engines with databases, directories, or portals. And the partnerships between them. But a rough first answer has to be google, yahoo, msn. Browse the forums, use the site search in the top left of the page, and check out some of the basic info on search engine world. There are several good sites that give rankings, go to your favorite search engine and search for 'search engine statistics'


 11:24 am on Dec 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

nidhi, there are also regional differences. We have a European and an Asian-Pacific forum, and the figures and opinions do vary there. Are you looking for global, U.S. based, or data specific to certain regions?


 12:37 pm on Dec 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thanks Guys......I very well understand the intracacies with these search engines.

I was talking from a client's point of view. Not from an expert Webmaster.

Normally, clients, in the US, say, "I wany listing in top 10-15-20 engines, then what should one usually say...one cannot confuse the client...by going into details.....is there any need to educate him further, when he just wants to get listed/ranked with MAJOR SEARCH ENGINES.(and expecting to know the top 20 odd names.

Looking forward to your replies.



 12:56 pm on Dec 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

nidhi, the top ones here (in the US) are:

Google (an absolute must)
AOL (Inktomi and ODP data)
MSN (Looksmart and Inktomi)
FAST/All the Web
Lycos (uses FAST data)
Alta Vista
HotBot (uses Inktomi - very little traffic)
Northern Light (very little traffic, but not to be neglected)

Only 3 or 4 of those actually bring any amount of decent traffic, but the picture is entirely different in the UK and different parts of Europe. There are also search engines specific to certain countries, so it depends on where the client is.

In the case of FAST, their results are used globally, so the effects of being ranked well with them is multiplied. Then, there are paid services such as Overture, whose results are shown at many search engines.

So there is no set answer, it will vary from place to place. But I do not believe that there are 20 that bring significant traffic in any one place; it's actually much fewer.

For example, here's a thread on the 5 most important search engines in the UK [webmasterworld.com]. Then, it varies within each country in Europe as you can see in our European Forum [webmasterworld.com] and our forum covering [url=.http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum32/index.htm]Asia and the Pacific Region[/url] covers other areas.


 1:11 pm on Dec 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

Dear Marcia,

I really appreciate your feedback. Many thanks.

Would you have any idea on how to get listed in search.com, hotbot, webcrawler (using excite), excite, Direct Hit.

More later




 1:21 pm on Dec 1, 2001 (gmt 0)


Hotbot i think you get there if you are in Lycos


You can submit many of them in search com



 1:24 pm on Dec 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

There really isn't a webcrawler any more. You just submit directly to Direct Hit and Excite, and HotBot uses Inktomi results. You can submit from their site, but the general consensus is that you need to pay to be included in Inktomi - their partners use their results, and there are many, although MSN and AOL are the most important.

For FAST submit at [alltheweb.com...] - very important, their results are used globally, and they update very quickly, too.

Another important factor is to make sure and be included in Open Directory Project [dmoz.org].


 5:17 am on Dec 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hey nidhi

Here are the top search engines in Japan right now:

  • goo [goo.ne.jp]
  • Google [google.co.jp]
  • TOCC [tocc.co.jp]
  • ODiN [odin.ingrid.org]
  • kensaku [kensaku.jp]
  • Excite [excite.co.jp]
  • alltheweb [alltheweb.com]
  • AltaVista [altavista.com]
  • Naver [naver.co.jp]
  • Infoseek [infoseek.co.jp]
  • Lycos [lycos.co.jp]
  • InfoNavi [infonavi.infoweb.ne.jp]
  • FreshEye [fresheye.com]
  • nicebloke

     4:03 pm on Dec 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

    Is Yahoo broken in the States then?


     5:53 am on Dec 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

    Thanks guys for your overwhelming response.

    I am more interested to know about GLOBAL RANKINGS of SEARCH ENGINES.

    For example: US+ other English Speaking Countries.

    Thanks anyways.....keep them coming.


     6:50 am on Dec 4, 2001 (gmt 0)


    don't forget the ODP dmoz.com, critical to any successful seo campaign.

    global engines: Yahoo, MSN, Lycos, Google, INK affiliates, Fast (europe), - if you can nail this lot the rest will come, with a good listing in the ODP as well.

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