City Zip Code Area Code Latitude Longitude or Airport

There are many ways to create a map on MapQuest of which only one is available from the home page. All the other options are available from the main Maps page, shown in Figure 20-2, which you access by clicking the Maps icon at the top of the MapQuest home page. Noted h alp finding a hotel f restaurant Noted h alp finding a hotel f restaurant Schools t hnatros Florists Banks Enter as much information as you know Country optional Select a business to find nearby locations (US Only). optional...

Contents

Acknowledgments Part I Secrets of the Internet Portals Chapter 1 Yahoo Secrets Yahoo At a Glance Use the Direct Use the Search Box Yahoo's Mature Content Yahoo Family Yahooligans Local Yahoo World Yahoo Yahoo People Yahoo Member Yahoo Yahoo Yellow Pages Searching for Businesses from the Search Yahoo Chat Yahoo Yahoo Message Boards Yahoo Yahoo Calendar Yahoo Address Book Yahoo Briefcase Yahoo Photos Yahoo News Yahoo Weather Yahoo Sports Yahoo Entertainment Yahoo Movies Yahoo TV Yahoo Lottery...

Contents at a Glance

Acknowledgments Part I Secrets of the Internet Portals Chapter 1 Yahoo Secrets Chapter 2 MSN Chapter 3 AOL.com Chapter 4 Excite Secrets Chapter 5 Lycos Secrets Part II Secrets of the Internet Search Engines 117 Chapter 6 Google Secrets Chapter 7 AllTheWeb Secrets Chapter 8 Ask Jeeves Chapter 9 AltaVista Secrets Chapter 10 HotBot Part III Secrets of the Online News and Information Sites Chapter 11 CNN.com Secrets Chapter 12 ESPN.com Secrets Chapter 13 CBS MarketWatch Secrets Chapter 14...

Convert Units of Measure

Back in Secret 222 you learned about AltaVista's search shortcuts. Well, here's another one worthy of its own secret the convert shortcut opens AltaVista's built-in conversion calculator, which displays all manner of length, time, speed, temperature, weight, area, volume, and cooking conversions. All you have to do is enter convert measure, and AltaVista will display a page of conversions. For example, if you enter convert 3 liters, AltaVista displays a page listing nearly every liquid volume...

Discover HardToFind Pages

EBay makes it easy enough to search for an auction or to launch your own auction. But where do you go if you want to retract a bid, report a deadbeat bidder, change your credit card billing information, or find out more about selling or shipping eBay offers a huge amount of content and services on its site, but most of these individual pages are buried well within the site. Unless you know the specific URL for a page, you might find yourself clicking hopelessly through multiple pages, trying in...

EBay at a Glance

All of this activity takes place on the eBay site (www.ebay.com). As you can see in Figure 16-1, the eBay home page is the gateway to all the auctions currently running on the site. You can browse through the merchandise categories until you come across something you want to bid on or use the search box to find specific items. Selling an item is as easy as clicking the Sell button at the top of the page. eBay then displays a series of Sell Your Item pages fill in the blanks to get your auction...

Excite at a Glance

The Excite home page (www.excite.com), shown in Figure 4-1, is where it all begins. The top of the page contains the expected search box, and links to most of the site's content and services are down the left side of the page. The middle of the page contains news stories and additional links, while the right side is reserved for weather, horoscopes, and other personalized information. Once you register as a user, the Excite home page will display your local TV listings on the bottom of the...

Expedia at a Glance

The Expedia home page (www.expedia.com) not only serves as a gateway to the rest of the site, but it also lets you make basic reservations right there. The tabs at the top of the page take you to the major parts of the site Flights, Hotels, Cars, Vacation Packages, Cruises, and so on. There are also a variety of useful utilities in the Travel Tools box on the left side of the page the far right column contains sponsored travel deals. If you have a simple trip planned (no multiple-leg flights...

Featured Sites

Featured Sites are sites that are manually assembled by MSN's team of editors. MSN's editors monitor the most popular searches being performed with MSN Search and hand-pick sites they believe to be most relevant to these searches. Those sites appear in the Featured Sites section. Note that the Featured Sites section won't appear on all search results pages the more obscure your query, the less likely that MSN's editors have researched the topic. In addition, MSN will sometimes use this section...

Find Specific Items for Sale

While eBay makes it easy to browse through the numerous categories of merchandise offered for sale, there are so many items listed in most categories that browsing in this fashion is virtually impractical. It's much more efficient to use eBay's search function to search the millions of active auctions for those particular items you're shopping for. Using eBay search is like using the search function at Google and similar sites. Enter one or more keywords into the search box on eBay's home page...

Fine Tune Your Product Searches from the Advanced Search Page

Fill in more to narrow your search. Need more flexibility Try Power Search, Need help Gear this form to stait over with blank fields. Figure 17-4 Amazon's Advanced Book Search page. Use these pages when a simple keyword search returns too many results.

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I Froogie Search - Ad -izcj Fh-g - s-j-cti Find products for sale from across the web. Apparel & Accessories Business & Industry Health & Persona JewElrv. Men's. Wpmen's. Construction & Real Estate. Science & Technology. Fragrance. Makeup. SJ Figure 6-15 Use Froogle to find products you want to purchase. Table 6-6 Options on the Advanced Froogle Search Page Table 6-6 Options on the Advanced Froogle Search Page Selects how many listings are displayed on the search results page...

Google

Save your preferences when finished and return to search. Global Preferences (changes apply to all Google services) Preference Help IJ_6MJ3.oAcile. Display Google tips and messages in English If you do not find your native language in the pulldown above, you can help Google create it through our Google in Your Language program Search for pages written in any language (Recommended O Search only for pages written in these language(s) Search for pages written in any language (Recommended O Search...

Google at a Glance

If you're a typical Internet user, you access Google several times a week, if not several times a day. As a typical user, you also don't use a tenth of Google's search power which means you're not searching as effectively or as efficiently as you could. That's probably because you never move beyond Google's admittedly easy-to-use home page. The Google home page (www.google.com) is a marvel of simplicity and elegant Web page design. As you can see in Figure 6-1, most searches can be undertaken...

10 Search for Maps

Another keyword you can use is map, which searches for maps by address, city, or area code. Just enter this keyword along with information about a location into the Yahoo search box when you click the Search button, Yahoo displays a small map like the one in Figure 1-7. Click the View Larger Map link to view an interactive, full-page version of this map. YAHOO MAPS Minneapolis, UN, 55415 View larger Map YAHOO MAPS Minneapolis, UN, 55415 View larger Map Figure 1-7 Use the map keyword to search...

50 Create Your Own Personal MSN

As nice as the MSN Home page is, it's a trifle cluttered. Fortunately, you can fine-tune MSN's content to create your own personal version of an MSN start page, and use it to display both local and personalized information. MSN's personalized start page is called My MSN. You get to it by clicking the My MSN link at the top of the MSN Home page, or by going directly to my.msn.com. You can customize My MSN to display a variety of different content, as shown in Figure 2-4. You can also customize...

Info

CNN.com International is designed for English-speaking users, either in the U.S. or abroad. CNN.com also offers five foreign-language sites designed for non-English users these sites offer even more local news and information and are designed to compete with native news sites in foreign countries. (Some of these sites are even hosted in partnership with local news-gathering operations.) For example, Figure 11-7 shows the Arabic version of CNN, created especially for Middle Eastern users. Table...

Insider Excite searches even more sites for its news and photo searches as disinsight cussed in Secrets 90 and

Excite combines results from all these search engines into a single search results list. You'll know which engine returned which result by looking for the acknowledgment after the listing's URL. For example, the listing in Figure 4-2 was returned by Google, Inktomi, and LookSmart. (It's not uncommon for the same listing to be returned from multiple engines that's not necessarily a bad thing.) English, Franca is, Deutsch, italiano, Portugu s, Espa ol. http i ' Lw v.ja masbond .com (Non-S pane...

Let Microsoft Help You Run Your Small Business

If you run your own small business, Microsoft wants to be your pal. The Microsoft bCentral site (www.bcentral.com), shown in Figure 15-6, was designed specifically for small businesses and offers a variety of news, information, and services that can help you run your business more efficiently. bCentral is particularly useful for online businesses, as it presents a number of Web site analysis tools and services including Web hosting and e-commerce management software. It's a surprisingly decent...

Listen to Music Online

Here's a neat feature of Amazon that not enough users take advantage of you can use Amazon to sample music from all manner of artists on your own computer. Most CD product listings include track listings of that CD's songs. Many of these tracks come with short (typically under a minute) audio samples of the songs tracks with samples are underlined and have a music icon, as shown in Figure 17-9. Click a link to launch a music player and listen to the song. It's a great way to hear music before...

Listen to Napster While You Surf

If you're a Napster Premium member, you have a lot of live listening options not just Napster Radio, but also the ability to listen to Napster's entire library while you're surfing. Using Napster's Music Player to Stream Real-Time Music One of the many neat things about Napster is that its music player displayed at the right of the main Napster window, and shown in Figure 18-4 stays open and active no matter where you are on the Napster service. You can browse for tracks or chat on the message...

Map Quest at a Glance

Most users never get beyond MapQuest's home page (www.mapquest.com), shown in Figure 20-1. That's because the home page lets you create basic maps by entering an address into the Get a U.S. Map section and then clicking the Get Map button. If that's all you need to do, the home page is the place to do it. To get to all the cool stuff on the MapQuest site, however, you'll need to click one of the navigation icons at the top of the home page. Figure 20-1 Create basic maps from the MapQuest home...

Marketand Individual Security Performance

Well, the site's called MarketWatch of course you can use it to watch the markets We'll look at three of the most common market-tracking activities tracking the overall market, tracking specific industries, and tracking individual securities. The best place to track overall market performance is the Market Overview page (Investor Tools O Market Overview). As you can see in Figure 13-2, this page displays a ton of summary market performance information for all major indexes the Dow Jones...

Meta Search for Photos

Because of its meta-search capabilities, Excite ends up being a good site to use when you're searching for pictures on the Web. When you select the Photos option next to the Excite search box, Excite returns results from several different image search engines, including Fast Image and Ditto. Results are grouped by search engine, as shown in Figure 4-4. Click the link below an image to view the originating page. I Web Sites Directory News O Photos Excite I Lite I Email Help Quick Find Are you...

Microsoftcom at a Glance

The main Microsoft.com site, however, is the one you're interested in. This is the site that offers all the consumer-oriented technical support tools it's also where you go to download the latest updates to all your Microsoft software and operating systems. As you can see in Figure 15-1, the Microsoft.com home page (www.microsoft .com) is designed to help you find information about and support for specific Microsoft products. Yes, there's a semblance of news down the center and along the right...

Napster at a Glance

The new Napster 2.0 offers more than a half-million songs for downloading at 99 cents apiece entire albums can be downloaded for 9.95. In addition, Napster offers a 9.95 per month subscription option (called Premium membership) that provides streaming Internet radio stations and the ability to download an unlimited number of songs. (You still have to purchase tracks individually if you want to burn them to a CD or transfer them to a portable music player, however.) It's definitely the best of...

Napster Has Music Videos

The music business isn't just about music it's also about music videos. That's why Napster 2.0 offers a variety of music videos for free online viewing. Click the Music Video link at the bottom of the Napster home page to display the Music Videos page click the Play button under a video to play the clip in a separate window. Napster's video player isn't terribly smart if you play a video while you're listening to Napster Radio or streaming audio, it won't cut off the music which means you'll...

News and Reference Information

CNN.com's Education section (www.cnn.com education ) is unusual in that it presents not only education-related news stories but also a variety of reference information of value to students of all ages. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you'll see links to reference information provided by CNN partner Harcourt including world maps, oral histories, census information, and so on. This page is one of the best-kept educational secrets on the Web and is well worth your attention if you have...

Note Learn more about Microsofts other Web sites in Chapter

Passport (technically called .NET Passport) offers password-protected service to all of Microsoft's Web sites, including MSN. You sign up for Passport once, and then you can enter any Microsoft site by entering your Passport name and password. In fact, if you already have a Hotmail or MSN e-mail account, you already have a Passport it's your e-mail address. There's no charge to get a Passport name and password. You can sign up at any number of sites, including the main Passport site at...

Restrict Your Search to US Sites Only

As the World Wide Web becomes more worldwide, you're more apt to get foreign pages mixed in with your search results. If you find yourself overwhelmed by too many Russian, Japanese, and Brazilian Web pages in your listings, you can have AltaVista restrict its search to U.S. pages only. Just click the U.S. option under the search box on the AltaVista home page. Your search results will now eliminate non-U.S. pages from your search results. Maybe you don't mind foreign pages, as long as you can...

Searches for All Word FormsNo Wildcards Necessary

MSN Search employs a technology called automatic word stemming. This technology searches for all forms of a word when you enter the root word. So, for example, if you enter the word run, MSN Search will return results for the words run, running, and runner without you doing anything more than entering the root word. You can, however, if you want, use wildcards in your search although, with automatic word stemming, you don't necessarily have to. That is, you could enter run* (the asterisk is the...

Secrets of the Internet Portals

Chapter 1 Yahoo Secrets Chapter 2 MSN Secrets Chapter 3 AOL.com Secrets Chapter 4 Excite Secrets Chapter 5 Lycos Secrets 1 Go Directly to Almost Any Yahoo Page No Clicking Necessary 6 2 The Yahoo Directory Has Higher-Quality Results than Yahoo Web Search but Fewer of Them 9 3 When You Search Yahoo , You're Searching Google 10 4 Yahoo 's Advanced Search 5 Search for Images (Using Google Image Search) 12 6 Access All of Yahoo 's Searches from a Single Page 12 7 Expand Your Search 8 Search for the...

Shop Online with AOLcom

AOL offers the same shopping services on the Web as it offers in its traditional online service. You access AOL Shopping, shown in Figure 3-10, by clicking the Shopping link on the AOL.com Web page. From there you can browse through different merchandise departments (Apparel, Electronics, etc.), or search for specific products. It's a quick and easy way to find what you want to buy without having to log onto the AOL service proper. Figure 3-10 Access AOL Shopping from the Web. Figure 3-10...

Specific Web Site or Domain

AltaVista offers a number of keyword operators you can use to narrow your search in various ways. The first operators we'll look at help you narrow your search to pages hosted on a particular Web site or in a specific domain. You use the domain operator to restrict your search to a specified domain. Just enter the operator followed by the domain like this domain name. So, for example, if you want to restrict your search to sites in the .edu domain you enter domain edu. You use the host operator...

Summary

That concludes our look at eBay, the Internet's largest online auction site. eBay has a lot of secrets knowing them can give you a real competitive edge over other buyers and sellers. Use this power wisely. And when you're bidding on an eBay auction, remember one last bonus secret. Don't spend more than you really want to pay, or more than what an item is worth. It's easy way too easy to get caught up in an eBay bidding frenzy and end up paying a lot more than you should. Go into every auction...

T 4 Yahoos Advanced Search Page

As you just learned, Yahoo 's Web Search is powered by Google, which means you can use all of Google's advanced search operators to construct your search queries. If that sounds too complicated, you can perform most of the same operations using Yahoo 's Advanced Search page. The nice thing about using Advanced Search is that you don't have to remember those fancy operators. Just select the options you want from those listed and click the Search button Yahoo does the rest. You access the...

T 7 Expand Your Search Results

Just because you conduct one type of Yahoo search doesn't mean you can't expand your query into other types of searches. It's as easy as clicking a new tab on your search results page. As you can see in Figure 1-4, there are a series of tabs at the top of each search results page. These tabs are 4 Web The default Web search using Google's search index 4 Images Finds related photographs and images 4 Directory Finds related sites listed in the Yahoo directory 4 Yellow Pages Finds related...

T 8 Search for the Weather Forecast

In addition to the advanced search operators discussed in Secret 2, Yahoo includes a number of keywords you can use to conduct specific types of searches directly from the search box on the Yahoo home page. The first one we'll look at is the keyword weather, which you use to search for local weather forecasts. To use this keyword, enter the keyword followed by the city and state that you're interested in, like this weather city state. For example, if you want to display the weather forecast for...

The MSN Home Page

The MSN Home page (www.msn.com), shown in Figure 2-1, is where it all starts. Think of MSN Home as the contents page of a magazine everything inside is linked from here, with the major items highlighted in some fashion. Looking for a new ca r Click here for a free pnce q MSN Home My MSN Hotmail Search Shopping Money People & Chat Web Tied to tiie tube How to fose weight while you watch Recording industry sues 261 music file swappers Tarol reading, only 10 Fat cats & dogs Are we...

Use the Direct Address

Even better, almost every Yahoo service has its own unique URL that you can enter directly into your browser's address box, or bookmark as necessary. You might think that remembering dozens of unique URLs would be difficult. And, of course, you'd be right if you actually had to memorize the URLs. Fortunately, Yahoo uses an address scheme that's easy on the old memory, thanks to its common-sense nature. Yahoo 's address scheme is simple. Just take the yahoo.com domain and add the service name in...

View World Atlas Maps

Speaking about global mapping, did you know that MapQuest offers a really cool online world atlas Probably not MapQuest keeps this a secret, for some reason, by not including a link to it from the MapQuest home page. You'll need to point your browser to www.mapquest.com atlas , and you'll see the World Atlas page shown in Figure 20-6. You can navigate to specific continent, country, state, ocean, or region maps from the links in the left column by using the pull-down lists at the top right of...

Watch Auctions Before You

Once you find an auction you're interested in, you don't have to bid immediately. Instead, you can add this item to your watch list and track the status on your My eBay page and save your bidding until later in the auction. (See Secret 393 for more about last-minute bidding.) To watch an item, click the Watch This Item link at the top of the item listing page. The item will now be tracked in the Items I'm Watching section of the My eBay Bidding Watching page. Go there to keep up-to-date on the...

Watch Out for the Paid Listings

HotBot's search results pages (not to be confused by the search results generated when you select one of the other search engine options) look like any other search results including the fact that they include a large number of paid listings (what HotBot calls sponsored links). To its credit, HotBot labels its paid listings as such, but it also puts them at the very top of the search results list. So you'll have to scroll past these sponsored links to get to the Web Results section HotBot's...

Where to Go from Here

501 Web Site Secrets covers 20 top Internet sites. There's one other site I'd like to mention my own personal Web site, www.molehillgroup.com. I don't pretend that it ranks with the other sites presented in this book (it doesn't), but it's still a site you might want to check out particularly if you're interested in what books I'm writing next. You can also find any corrections or clarifications to this book listed there. I also welcome e-mails from readers you can send your questions or...

Yahoo People Search

When you want to search for someone's street address or phone number, use the Yahoo People Search directory (people.yahoo.com). From this page, shown in Figure 1-13, you can search for people anywhere in the United States. Figure 1-13 Searching for individuals with Yahoo People Search. Figure 1-13 Searching for individuals with Yahoo People Search. When you conduct a Yahoo People Search search, Yahoo displays a list of names matching your query each listing includes the full name, street...

Yahoo Travel

Everything you used to use a travel agent for and more is available at Yahoo Travel (travel.yahoo.com). Whether you need to research destinations, make reservations, or get driving directions you can do it here. Yahoo Travel is the central hub for all of Yahoo 's travel-related information and services. As you can see in Figure 1-26, Yahoo Travel focuses on reservations (for air travel, car rental, hotel rooms, complete vacation packages, and cruises) and trip planning (by destination,...

Zoom In or ReCenter a

M 42nd St & Broadway New Y jrk citv offers- CLICKING ON MAP Will Q Zoom In 0 Re-center O Hove Location ADDITIONAL MAP FEATUBES Customize Map Add A Location Figure 20-3 An interactive MapQuest map. CLICKING ON MAP Will Q Zoom In 0 Re-center O Hove Location ADDITIONAL MAP FEATUBES Customize Map Add A Location Figure 20-3 An interactive MapQuest map. There are two ways to zoom into a point on the map You can click the Zoom In option below the map, and then click your mouse on a point anywhere...

MSN Search Returns Four Types of Results

When you conduct a search with MSN Search, the search results page (like the one shown in Figure 2-5) includes four different types of results. At the very top of the page is a listing of Popular Topics that you can use to help refine your search. Next up is a short list of Featured Sites, followed by a longer list of Web Directory Sites, and then the much longer list of Web Pages. The sum total of all these results provides a best of all worlds search, unique among the major search sites you...

Yahooligans

Even better than filtering your children's Internet usage, why not give them their own kids-safe start page to use when they're surfing Yahool provides just such a page called Yahooligansl Yahooligansl www.yahooligans.com is a kids-oriented directory that is part of the Yahool network of sites. Each site listed in the Yahooligansl directory has been carefully checked by an experienced educator to ensure that the site's content is appropriate for children aged 7 to 12. As you can see in Figure...

ESPNcom Is Part of MSNand Also Part of the Go Network

You've probably noticed that the ESPN.com site has a rather unusual URL msn.espn.go.com. The espn and .com parts are understandable, but what's this msn and go nonsense The multipart URL is necessary because the ESPN.com site is part of two separate Web networks. First, ESPN.com functions as the sports section of the MSN portal, which you learned about in Chapter 2. Second, ESPN.com is also part of another network of sites run by the Disney entertainment conglomerate called the Go network....

Display Local TV Listings

Excite lets you display television listings for your local broadcast channels, or for your cable or satellite service. You can even customize the listings to display only a particular set of channels this is useful when you have hundreds of cable or satellite channels to deal with. To display television listings, go to the Excite TV page tv.entertainment .excite.com and click the link on the left side of the page. You can also customize the Excite home page to display your TV listings there see...

Remove the Frame

One rather annoying thing about Ask Jeeves is that when you click through to a specific Web page from the search results page , Ask Jeeves surrounds the outside page with a proprietary frame, complete with banner advertisement. Not only does this take up valuable space on your computer desktop, but it also prohibits you from bookmarking the target page or even seeing that page's real URL If you're going to use Ask Jeeves for serious researching, the first thing you want to do is get rid of this...

Personalize the Excite Home Page

Most portals let you create a separate My page, which you can personalize as you wish. Excite does it a little differently, letting you customize the actual Excite home page, which then becomes your My Excite page. Thereafter, whenever you go to www.excite.com it displays your personalized page. Personalizing the Excite home page is as easy as clicking the Page Settings, Select Content, Layout, Colors, and Themes buttons. Make your selections and you turn the regular Excite home page into your...

Www.ask.com Docs Prefs Adult.asp

Ask Jeeves, like most current search engines, offers a content filter to block potentially offensive listings from its search results. In fact, the Ask Jeeves filter is unusual in that it can be configured to not only block adult content but also to display a warning page whenever you enter a query containing certain sexually oriented terms. Unfortunately, Ask Jeeves does a good job of hiding its filter. You'll need to go to www.ask.com docs prefs adult.asp and then select from one of three...