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Have you found that there are categories of search that are more effectively performed using Web discovery tools other than Google? Who, what, when, where, why or how?
Do you ever use DMOZ? A niche directory or similar tool? Who, what, when, where, why or how?
Now try a search for the software title followed by FCKGW and witness an amazing thing happen
I think for new people starting out that Ask.co.uk is very good (prefer the uk format to the .com one).
I do like Allthewebs advanced options, but still prefer Google. Its ability to do calculations (e.g. 12+122/5) in the search box is pretty nifty :) Its front page not as good as Googles - and seems a bit slower.
I also like Teomas interface - very clean and modern looking. I'd like it better than Googles front page - if they'd only have centered the search box (personal preference)! Think the colours are very nice on it. I don't agree fully with their clustering algorithms - but do respect the fact that they are trying to be different from Google - Altavista and most others seem to be trying to BE Google! Besides, I think its index is still a bit small.
I guess the only thing i search elsewhere is whois information - there are some good whois tools out there (Marcia!?) that return informations google doesn't have / publish.
I can live with Google's back link search - i'm not sooo hyped about my backlinks, though. ;)
When to use a directory?
When your search term is for a generic / spam item such as "Blue Widgets". This helps to make sure Spam is kept out, as all the sites in the database get reviewed.
When to use a SE?
When your search term is for a specific item or piece of information, such as "Thomas Crappers Inventions". Because directories are unlikely to return any or many results.
While it doesn't help me with any SEO-specific stuff (a la Google), it consistently provides the most organized and precise results... and I HAVE compared it on a search-by-search basis to Google and it was WAY better...
Granted groups.google.com is arguably the most helpful search tool on the entire Internet... I use that all the time.... but that's for discussions.
Damn... I just saw that Shaadi beat me to the punch!
1) Porn. I often do "list all pages from this site" if I find a page I like. Sometimes Google doesn't know about the site (yet?), but Alltheweb has several URLs.
2) Boosting my ego. Alltheweb tends to rank my sites slightly higher than Google does. Too bad I don't get any traffic from atw.
3) Counting backlinks. Google only shows PR4+ backlinks to PR4+ pages. Alltheweb shows them all.
4) Finding plain-text links. Alltheweb lets me search for pages that contain my URL as plain text but do not link to me. I e-mail the owners of those sites if I think they would be receptive to a request to hyperlink the URL.
Finding plain-text links. Alltheweb lets me search for pages that contain my URL as plain text but do not link to me. I e-mail the owners of those sites if I think they would be receptive to a request to hyperlink the URL.
Google lets you search for pages that contain URLs as plain text. Just type in a URL and you should see the following below the SERP.
Find web pages that contain the term "www.domain.com"