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A Helpful Guide To  Web Search Engines
Tips on using internet search sites  like Google, alltheweb, and Yahoo.

The Spider's Apprentice, Spidap, is not another search engine.  Our purpose is to help you understand and use search engines.  How do they work?  Why do certain results come up frequently and others not at all?  Which search engines are most useful and efficient?  How can you improve your searches and find what you want more easily?  If you are a web page designer, how can you utilize search engines to draw more traffic to your website?

That's what we're all about -- helping you use the Web more efficiently. In fact, we've been providing this information as a public service since the early days of web search engines in 1996.  We explain to you how search engines work.  We advise you on improving your own search engine ranking by careful use of meta tags and keywords.  We guide you in figuring out which search engines are most effective--in fact, we rate them for you. (See below).

We are currently expanding this site to provide in depth information about finding certain types of information on the web.  Are you looking for a job?   Researching a topic for a school paper or project?  Do you need health or diet information?  Do you want to buy a car, a computer, a book, an engagement ring, a cell phone, or even a new home?  Locate an old friend from high school or college?   Plan and book vacation or business travel?   Find and join an online community?

Most of us who use the web regularly have done some or all of these things.  We will give you some simple tips on how to do them more easily.  So please explore our pages and the new ones we are adding.  And come back soon to visit us again!


What Spidap Offers:

Top of Page--A Useful Guide to Web Search Engines

What's New with Search Engines

Our Current Search Engine Rankings

Page Two--Basic Search Engine FAQ

Some Frequently Asked Questions about Web Search. This page will be most useful for Web search beginners.

Page Three--How To Plan The Best Search Strategy

Do you really want a search engine? Have you tried a Web directory like Yahoo first? We'll explain the differences between the two.

Page Four--How Search Engines Work

Explanation of keyword searching, concept based searching, test indexing, query refining (yes--all the Boolean stuff!) and relevancy ranking.

Page Five--The Web Search Wizard

This is our Action Page!  Jump straight here for tips on Smart Searching.

Page Six--Historical Information on the First Web Search Engines

Here we give the historical details on what used to be the most popular Web search engines in the 1990s.

Our Current Search Ratings


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The Spider's Apprentice was conceived and written by Linda Barlow, who maintains this site for Monash Information Services.

To discuss permission to re-use any of our material, or to translate into other languages, or for information about expert witness services or other consulting, contact Linda Barlow.   Copyright, 1996-2007 Monash Information Services. All rights reserved.