How Search Engines work?
- Some search engines have programs for paid placement and paid inclusion.
- Paid placement means websites or URLs pay search engines for higher rankings or more prominent placements in search results.
- Paid inclusion means websites or URLs pay to be included in a search engine's pool of results available for display, but not to be more prominent.
- Sometimes, third-party partners, like other search engines or guide sites, provide listings to search engines. If a partner has its own payment arrangements with a website, it could affect the results on the search engine you use.
- Many sites indicate whether a placement is paid for. If the search engine separates some search results as "Sponsored Listings," they may be paid for placement. But keep in mind that results may be grouped under other labels. Look for terms like "featured listings," "recommended sites," "search partner" or "products and services." If those sites are ranked higher than others or placed in a more prominent location than others, it could be a tip-off that the search engine uses a paid placement program.
- You may find an explanation of the type of paid placement or paid inclusion program the search engine uses. If such a program is in use, the explanations should be easy to find and understand. If they're not and the omission bothers you, let the search engine know.
- Paid inclusion programs do not guarantee higher rankings for listings and may provide features that are useful. For example, paid inclusion programs may provide consumers with better choices if the programs allow search engines to review URLs more quickly or review websites more deeply than they would otherwise.
- You have a choice. Before you decide which search engine to use, consider whether the use of payment programs for placement or inclusion is important to you.
Useful links and resources:
* All of these links lead to sites that contain specific information that may not turn up when you do a general search of the Web using Altavista, Yahoo, and other search engines and directories. 'Specialized Search Engines and Directories'
* You can find catagorized list of search engines at: 'Search Engine Guide'
* 'Virtula Sites' presents : Education search engines