Popular Search Engines

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Searching these days is remarkably fast. For netizens of the web, the major search engines play an important role in their personal as well as their professional life. The major search engines are important because they are well known and well used. From the internet beginners to seasoned internet surfers, both of them need three key features in their single search engines:

a) Relevant result

b) Easy to read interface

c) Helpful options to search more

What is popular search engines?

A search engine is the most important tool on the internet to find clean, vibrant and wide information on the web. These are the programs that search documents on websites for specific keywords and tell us about all the web pages where these keywords are found. There are two types of search engines, crawlers and human powered.

Top most used search engines:


Submit your website to Google

Type: crawl based

With comprehensive coverage, great relevancy and a well-disserved reputation, Google is the most used search engine in the world. It was originally a Stanford university project started by Larry Page and Sergy Brin and was earlier known as Backrub. In 1998, the name was changed to Google and the project jumped out of campus and became the private company it is today. It is the first stop for many people in their hunt for whatever they are searching for. It is the provider of unpaid editorial results to some of the search engines.

Add your website to Yahoo


Type: 1994: directories or human powered, 2002: crawler

Yahoo is the oldest directory, a place where human editors organize websites into categories. It was launched in 1994; however, it made a giant shift to crawlers listing in October 2002 and started using search technology. Sites pay a fee to be included in Yahoo directory’s commercial listings. Yahoo purchased Overture for placement of advertising links in October 2003.



Type: crawler

Ask Jeeves made a popular search engine on its natural language on “ask questions and responding on them” which gained popularity in 1998 and 1999. In 1999, it acquired Direct Hit, which was the world first click popularity search engine. In 2001, it acquired Teoma’s unique index and search relevancy technology of subject specific popularity. Today, it is on crawler-based technology and its result comes from Teoma’s algorithm, now known as expert rank.


Add your website to Live Search

Type: Crawler

Window’s live search is the name of Microsoft web search engine, which offers some innovative features like additional search on same web page and ability to adjust amount of information for each search result. It also allows the user to save searches and see them updated automatically on Live.com.

The other most used search engines are:

1. Hotbot

2. Alltheweb.COM

3. AOL Search

4. AltaVista

5. Netscape

With the above reading criteria, reader’s favorite search engines come in mind, and this meet 99% of the searching needs of a everyday web searching user.

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