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Google Instant

30 Dec

You may have noticed Google Instant and not even known it. Google Instant is a game-changer because it helps show the right links more quickly. When you start to type in “keywords” into the Google search box, the terms you are searching for, results instantly begin appear. You can also click on the magnifying glass to get a quick snapshot of the site. Google fills in the blanks. You now don't have to click through a series of links to get a result.

For marketers this has created a dilemma because the search process has been accelerated. This means users will now be typing in less search words to narrow down their search. This also means less paid search real estate which amplifies the significance of being in the top few spots in search results.

http://www.google.com/instant

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Google Search Insights Tool

30 Aug

Google has done it again when it comes to free search analytics tools with Insights. You can perform keyword research tool by region, download reports by excel and best yet, it”s free and open. Your business can only grow if people can find you and Google is still the number one search engine, so make yourself found! After you've tried this service, please give us your review of Insights.

http://www.google.com/insights/search/

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Mahalo Answers

22 Aug

Looking for a fun and easy way to share knowledge? Mahalo Answers allows for you to ask questions and allows for users to answer them. Search their database or drill down through their categories. If you are familiar with Yahoo Answers, then you will get a bang out of Mahalo Answers.

http://www.mahalo.com/answers

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Bing Visual Search

30 Mar

Looking for a visual way to search online? You need to try Bing visual search. Search entertainment, famous people, online media, reference, shopping, sports and travel visually. The top five searches are movies in theaters, digital cameras, travel destinations,top songs and top albums.

The only drawback is that it requires you download the plug-in SilverLight. This plug-in was created by Microsoft to essentially compete with Flash as an interactive way to display content online.

http://www.bing.com/visualsearch

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Triple Ply Search

31 Dec

Why use one search engine when you can use three at once? With Search 3, the screen is divided into three distinct columns delivering results from three popular search engines simultaneously. Google, Twitter and Bing are defaulted, however you can also choose Yahoo and Ebay as options too. This mash-up delivers a clean interface and scannable results.

http://www.search3.com

Thanks to Todd Bertsch of Evolve Creative Group for the find.

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Get Found, Make Your Google Profile

12 May


Do you Google yourself? Or should I say, how often do you Google yourself? If you don’t know what I am talking about, then try typing your name into Google and see what results come up. Most of the time the search results don’t pull up anything remotely related to you or they pull up someone else with the same name. Now Google has given you the power to build your own profile.

When someone does a search for your name now, Google will insert your profile at the bottom of the first page. All you need to do is sign-up for a Google Account to create your free profile and get found. Thanks to Amber Mac for the tip on Google Profiles via her weekly techology news show.

http://www.google.com/profiles/

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Need Software, No Cash?

5 Mar

Before making the next big software purchase, check out Source Forge.

You just might be surprised what you don’t have to pay for.

My Home Computers run Win XP, at work its Mac OSX. I even run Ubuntu at times. Sourceforge has software for everybody.

I needed to convert some video files and then make a DVD. At Work the Mac has built in options. At Home I needed solutions. I was able to find open source software at http://sourceforge.net/ for converting my video files and make the DVD with menus.

Everything was found, installed and going within a half hour.

George Jetson here I come.

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iGuiders – More Narrowed Search Tool

6 Feb

On the web, most people these days start at a search engine to begin their quest for information. The standard model for search is Google; you type a term into a search box and then you must sort page by page for your results. Now iGuiders, a local Cleveland area start-up, has a streamlined way of performing an Internet search. I like to think of iGuiders as more of a hand-holding approach to search or tree building way to get to results.

How iGuiders Works

  1. You select from a preselected group of categories.
    • Statutory, Legal, Regulatory, Compliance, and Standards
    • Internal Business Requirements
    • Protect Information
    • Threats and Breaches
    • Customers/Partner
  2. Then you select a subgroup out the first category you’ve selected
  3. Then choose your question you’re interested in
  4. Then it will use a popular search engine to find your answer

IGuiders says, “The problem with searching on the internet is that you get too many results. You need the right words to get you precise results. This sites enables you to research topics without having to figure out what words to use in a search engine. It takes you deep into a topic to help focus your search.”

Right now the “beta” site has limited categories, but try it out for yourself and tell us what you think?
http://www.iguiders.com

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LeapFish: Search Engine 2.0?

26 Jan

Over the weekend, I read an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer showcasing a new search engine called LeapFish, which is being haled as the next best thing. TechCrunch didn’t give the website a great review, but Behnam Behrouzi, the creator of LeapFish, is bound to prove them wrong.

This search engine is considered the next generation of engines because it is “multidimensional in the world of metasearch aggregators.” What does this mean? Basically LeapFish goes out and searches a bunch of engines at the same time and delivers them back to you on their site.  You are searching Google, MSN, Yahoo, YouTube, Amazon and even eBay at the same time.

LeapFish features:

  • “Just Type It” search results – the moment you start typing, your results happen.
  • Homepage content – the front page is laid out with news, videos, stock market and weather
  • Unique search results – the engine not only looks at the top sites like Google, but it even searches Amazon and eBay
  • Interesting advertising model – you can buy the rights to keywords on their site, then sell them back when they become popular

http://www.leapfish.com

What do you think of the engine? Would you use LeapFish again?

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Have you ever tried Zoink?

15 Dec

Zoink.com is a web portal and search engine dedicated to games, shopping and social networking. If you are looking for another to way pass your time, then try Zoink!

http://www.zoink.com

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