Major Search Engines and Directories
| Mar 28, 2007 | 64 Comments
In the search engine list below, Search Engine Watch provides a guide to the major search engines of the
web. Why are these considered to be "major" search engines? Because they are either well-known or well-
For webmasters, the major search engines are the most important places to be listed, because they can
potentially generate so much traffic.
For searchers, well-known, commercially-backed search engines generally mean more dependable results.
These search engines are more likely to be well-maintained and upgraded when necessary, to keep pace with
the growing web.
On this page, you will see reference to "crawlers" and "crawler-based results" versus "directories" and
"human-powered results." These describe the two major ways that search engines get editorial listings. See
the How Search Engines Work page to understand more about the difference between crawlers and
If you are interested in being listed in these search engines, see Search Engine Watch's Search Engine
Submission Tips section for free, step-by-step help about the essentials to submitting to search engines and
improving your chances of ranking well. Relevant links to specific tips are integrated into this page, as well.
Also consider becoming a Search Engine Watch member, to gain access to detailed information about how
the various major search engines work. Finally, for an at-a-glance view of how the major search engines get
their results, see the Search Engine Results Chart.
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Strongly Consider - Other Choices
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The search engines below are all excellent choices to start with when searching for information.
Voted four times Most Outstanding Search Engine by Search Engine Watch readers, Google has a well-
deserved reputation as the top choice for those searching the web. The crawler-based service provides both
comprehensive coverage of the web along with great relevancy. It's highly recommended as a first stop in
your hunt for whatever you are looking for.
Google provides the option to find more than web pages, however. Using on the top of the search box on the
Google home page, you can easily seek out images from across the web, discussions that are taking place on
Usenet newsgroups, locate news information or perform product searching. Using the More link provides
access to human-compiled information from the Open Directory (see below), catalog searching and other