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Do you think alot of people use the "exact phrase" option on All The Web [alltheweb.com]?
On a side note, why wouldn't they just make this the ordinary search, it gives better, more relevant results.
>why wouldn't they just make this the ordinary search
too specific for default, I should think. Searching for shops for widgets you wouldnīt use an exact phrase.
Basically more important is what default options Lycos and the other Fast partners are using.
Ive noticed that too, to the extent that I dont use quotes in Google anymore, and in the few times that i use other engines for personal searching tend to forget and just put in the terms without quotes there too. My feeling also is that very few people use quotes.
Google seems to pay a fair amount of attention to the proximity of the words on a page. Even you don't have exact phrase matches, having the words in your target phrases close together on the page seems to help.
I have observed, though, that Google makes some big distinctions for searches with and without quotes. I've been researching a term that, without quotes, pulls up 1.8 million sites. With quotes, 12,000 sites. I agree that most people don't search with quotes... and am actually wondering whether the phrase, which is a technical term, is worth targeting for those who realize the search without quotes isn't working for them. 2% is discouragingly low....