Narrow Your Search Results with Alta Vista Prisma

AltaVista employs a technology it calls Prisma to display a list of topics closely related to your original query on your search results page. These topics are actually the most common terms contained on the Web pages that match your query. You can click these links to further refine your search. When you click on a Prisma word, AltaVista automatically adds that word to your original query and then displays a new set of results. For example, if you search for dinosaur, one of the Prisma topics...

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...

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...

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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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Search for MP3 and Audio Files

AltaVista also offers a fairly robust audio search. Select the MP3 Audio tab on the AltaVista home page and the search page changes to display a number of audio-specific options. You can choose to search for specific file types (MP3, WAV, WindowsMedia, Real, or other), songs of a particular length, and files from either the Web or from news sources. The Duration field is particularly interesting, as you can use it to filter sample files from your search these files are typically short (less...

Search for Video Files

If you like AltaVista's audio search, you'll really love its video search. You can use the Video Search to find movie trailers, music videos, video clips, and other movies anywhere on the Internet. When you select the Video tab on the home page, the search page changes to let you search for specific file types (AVI, MPEG, QuickTime, Windows Media, Real, and other), as well as files of a specific duration or from a specific type of source. The results are returned as a series of thumbnail images...

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

99 Lycos Is Part of a Larger Network of Sites 100 100 When You Search Lycos, You're Searching AllTheWeb 102 101 The First Results are 102 There Are Other Search Options 103 Keep Your Search Results Open in a Separate Pane 104 104 Fine-Tune Your Search with the Advanced Search Page 104 105 Filter Objectionable Content from Your Search Results 105 106 Search for Merchandise to 107 Search for People and E-Mail 108 Search 2,000 Different News 109 Search for MP3 Music Files to 110 Search for Other...

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...

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...

Stringing Together Multiple Operators

MSN Search also lets you string together multiple Boolean operators together in a complex query. The operators work in order from left to right, just as if you were constructing an algebraic equation. To search for cowboy movies that don't star Randolph Scott, enter cowboy AND movies NOT scott To search for fashion models that aren't blondes or redheads, enter models NOT blondes OR redheads To search for recipes using either beef or chicken, enter recipes AND beef OR chicken

Summary

Okay, so HotBot isn't quite as fully featured as a Google and doesn't offer the powerful search tools of an AltaVista. Still, HotBot is a time-honored search engine, and its meta-search capabilities let you expand your search to other sites if you can't find what you want on HotBot proper. Even better, HotBot's Quick Search Deskbar is arguably the most versatile tool you can use for all your Web searches. The Deskbar alone makes a visit to HotBot worthwhile while you're there, check out...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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....

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...