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AOL mmm not a good one to start with, the best place to start is in the inktomi forum, after you've picked your self off the floor don't hint the panic button to hard as this can only be an temporary problem although this time it does seem to be hanging around.
also with ODP as well
The best way into AOL is through 1) canada.com 2) anzwers.com 3) hotbot and pray :)
If you new to search engines I would recommend Altavista.com, they are indexing sites quite quickley around 2/3 weeks.
The thing that was important for me to notice, was that the client's intuition about AOL being important for their crafts-oriented site was correct. Week after week, AOL is number one or two for search engine referrals for them. Better than Yahoo Directory, Google, Snap, or LookSmart where they also enjoy a high rank.
There's lots to learn- creating doorways, having links, and especially writing themes.
So far, very positive about Northern Light(regardless the disconnection w/web gold), Snap, Hotbot, Google, Infoseek, Iwon... disappointed about Netscape's connection and why are there engines charging? Of course for profit, yet competitors service is free.
Question: So, if you were looking up a particular topic what search engine or directory would you use? Or is it based on what's in persons system?
Everyone who is on the web can use any search they want, no matter what Interent Service Provider they use - but many people never realize this or take the time to look around very far.
If I'm looking into a general topic, I often go to IXQuick.com first and get an overview of the top sites on 14 different search engines. I usually can a good handle on what I want this way, and quickly sort out which sites are more accurate. It's a funny thing, the more "information" gets put in the web, the more WRONG information gets spread around.
Otherwise, I like AltaVista and Google when I'm searching for harder to find information. They both have a lot of pages in their indexes, and AltaVista in particular has been my favorite for personal searching over a long time.
sorry if this sounds to basic, when you set up your ISP they will normally set as the default home page their own, in other words if you use AOL to access the interenet you will probably find the first page after you go online is AOL.
You can change this to what ever you want by clicking on tools, internet options the first box will normally be high lighted, you can then change to any url you want.
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Would be great if they switched from Freeserve to AOL US - AOL UK however is worse than Freeserve, uses UK Plus and Inktomi (currently on 'small/old' database) and their search server keeps crashing! Move them to Virgin (which uses Google) or even AltaVista ;)