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NEMBER
Reviewed

The way we figure it, the best way to test a search engine is to look for information
that you know is online, because if it can't find the stuff you already know is online,
how is it going to find the stuff you don't know is online?

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So we did a search for a page on D.i.L.
You see, the search engines find websites by the Page Title and/or Within the Document...

Where do the Search Engines search?

And they should also search within the meta tags (if the page has them)....
Searching within meta tags

So...we searched for the above page (every_file_name_extension_on_the.htm)
that we know is online on D.i.L, and, depending on what results the search engine
came up with, we also did extended testing.

And these were the results....

By the way, to find an exact phrase, you type " " before and after what you're searching for...
as in "every file name extension on the planet"

X         found results
------    found no results
N/A      Didn't go that deeply with that search engine, because it didn't even find surface > results

As of August, 2002

WHAT THE SEARCH ENGINE FOUND
(in order of most to least useful)

SEARCHING FOR Should Have Found vivisimo 7metasearch beaucoup widow aol netscape google anzwers.com.au ixquick wisenut 1blink lycos altavista metacrawler alltheweb teoma askjeeves yahoo azoos dmoz northernligh excite overture dogpile webbrain mamma

page title: "every file name extension on the planet"
every_file_name_extension_on_the.htm X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X --- --- --- Many results, but none for D.i.L --- --- --- --- --- 500 internal server error - could never use see
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toc.html X X X X X
also lastsite4dil/
toc.htm
X
also lastsite4dil/
toc.htm
X X --- X X X X X X X X X N/A --- --- --- --- --- N/A "

within page: "Every (?) File extension on the planet"
every_file_name_extension_on_the.htm

X
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X
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X
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X
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X X X X X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- N/A --- --- --- --- --- N/A "

within page: "Of course there are always more extensions being introduced."
every_file_name_extension_on_the.htm X X X X
see notes
--- --- --- --- --- N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A --- N/A N/A "

"tegu"
http://www.concentric.net/~tegu/tegu.html X
Top 5 of 135
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X
Top 4 of 36
see notes
X
1st of 23
see notes
X
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N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A "

within above page: "If some one deserves the title herp queen or king"
http://www.concentric.net/~tegu/tegu.html X X X X
see notes
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A "

within <meta name="description":
"internet reference listing outstanding"
terminal11.html see notes X
see notes
X
see notes
see notes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A "

"tegu" = On http://webreference.com/content/search/features.html, the author claimed there was a page online that he knew existed about "tegu's" ("...a South American lizard that is only moderately popular even among lizard enthusiasts...") So he tested the 'big boys' search engines to see if they would find this link: http://www.concentric.net/~tegu/tegu.htm According to his test, none of them did! So, we tried this same test in our search engine test.  (Keep in mind, however, that the above mentioned test is a bit outdated.)

"If some one deserves the title herp queen or king" = this text is within the page of http://www.concentric.net/~tegu/tegu.htm - see "tegu," above.

Vivisimo.com - meta search engine
searches with these engines: defaults with Fast, MSN, Looksmart, Openfind
Features: Advanced search, Preview of web page before you go to it, Clustered (category) results
"Every (?) File extension on the planet" - Although D.i.L was listed #1 out of 28, vivisimo also searches for any of the words, when the " " are supposed to indicate an exact phrase.  One nice feature, though, is that vivisimo bolds the words that you were searching for.
"tegu" - also found http://www.concentric.net/~tegu/tdata.html
"internet reference listing outstanding" - only found 4u2interkey2dil.html, which is a valid find, but an older page.

7metasearch.com - meta search engine
searches with these engines: ? couldn't locate this info.
Features: Gives details (web site e-mail, NIC registration year, Phone No., etc.), Links to search engines that give results
"Every (?) File extension on the planet" - Although D.i.L was listed #1 out of 10, 7metasearch also searches for any of the words, when the " " are supposed to indicate an exact phrase
"tegu" - also found http://www.concentric.net/~tegu/tdata.html
"internet reference listing outstanding" - Also found yourarea_frame.htm, 4u2interkey2dil.html, media_kit_frame.htm, vo_frame.htm.  Seems to be very good with searching through meta tags, but it also found 7 other sites with this 'meta phrase,' but when the source was looked at, the other sites didn't have "internet reference listing outstanding" in them.  Maybe it searches for any of the words in this case, also.

Beaucoup.com - meta search engine
searches with these engines: ? couldn't locate this info.
Notes: Once you hit the search button, it redirects to findtarget.com   Also, the search box only allows you to type in so many words...you can't type as much as you want.
"Every (?) File extension on the planet" - Although D.i.L was listed #1 out of 15, beaucoup also searches for any of the words, when the " " are supposed to indicate an exact phrase
"tegu" - also found http://www.concentric.net/~tegu/tdata.html
"internet reference listing outstanding" - Also found 4u2interkey2dil.html

Widow.com - meta search engine
Notes: Seems to search any of the words, not the phrase, and doesn't seem to search within meta tags.
"Every (?) File extension on the planet" - Found on the next page of results
"Of course there are always more extensions being introduced." - Found on the next page of results
"tegu" - also found http://www.concentric.net/~tegu/tdata.html
"If some one deserves the title herp queen or king" - Also found other results, so it seems to search for any of the words, and not the exact phrase.
"internet reference listing outstanding" - Many results, but none for D.i.L

Anzwers.com.au
If you'll notice, this site is redirected to
http://au.search.yahoo.com (Yahoo!), and powered by Google!!

Mamma.com - meta search engine
It's very weird, but just the other day, we conducted the same tests with this search engine as the other ones, but yet today, August 30, 2002, mamma didn't even find "every file name extension on the planet" for D.i.L!!  But the results the other day were somewhat positive!  What's up with that?

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