Examples of Search Engines
Lots of search engines exist, but the one you choose to use should depend on what you want to do with it.
- Web page search engine: Often multi-purposed, they locate all sorts of data, from general web pages and news to help documents, online games, and usually more like images, videos, and files.
- Image search engines: Search for photos, drawings, clip art, wallpapers, etc.
- Video search engines: Find music videos, news videos, live streams, and more.
- People search engines: Locate people on the internet using their name, address, phone number, email address, etc.
- Mobile search engines: A regular search engine that's optimized for searching and displaying results on a smaller screen.
- Job search engines: Find job postings.
- Invisible web search engines: Tools that browse the invisible web.
Other Facts About Search Engines
- There's no need to manually update a search engine so that you're getting the most up-to-date results in your searches. If you're seeing really old results that you suspect should be updated, you might just need to clear your browser's cache.
- Search engines don't search the entire web. There are massive portions of the web that aren't crawlable by a search engine, and they're collectively known as the invisible/deep web.
- A search engine finds web pages on its own, so you don't necessarily need to tell it to index your website or to add a particular page to its database. However, for a variety of reasons, a search engine might not have crawled a particular web page.
- Some search engines include a tool that lets you explicitly request that they check the page and add it to the index so that other people can find it. Google's URL Inspection tool is one example.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is something practiced by web content writers in an attempt to compete with similar content found through search engines. Specific algorithms are used by search engines to rank web pages, so it's one goal of an online content writer to ensure that the page reflects the topic accurately. This is often done through the use of specially crafted keywords and phrases.