Which search engine is the best?
What is a search engine? Perhaps examples would be the better and less technical explanation.
Webopedia provides the best definition – Search Engine
Understanding how the search engine works will better help you to decide or to analyze how one works. I very much like the site HowStuffWorks – How Internet Search Engines Work
With all of that out of the way, there is an important factor that you cannot overlook.
Your search is only as good as the keywords that you use.
If you want to return links for “apple trees”, do not put only “trees” in the text search box. Every word that you enter in the search box is considered valuable to your search. Carefully choose the most relevant for your search. At the same time, keep it simple. Do you want a local pizza shop? Type the word “pizza” with your zip code. Finally, omit the prepositions and conjunctions – in, on, and, but, et cetera. They are not needed.
For most search engines, punctuation and capitalization are not even considered. You may enter commas or capaitalize the city name, but the search engine does not see it. Therefore, there is no need to go out of your way to capitalize and add punctuation.
Choose words that describe what you want, but in as few words as possible. I suggest five to ten words.
Lastly, consider the type of page you want returned. Think about how the words will be organized or written. For example, if you want to return only government sites and agencies with your keywords, add “.gov” to the search box. If you want to return medical information, use medical terminology to describe your condition – ache versus hurt or inflammation versus swelling.
About.com has compiled a list of The 10 Best Search Engines of 2011
ReadWriteWeb has compiled a list of The Top 100 Alternative Search Engines