What are search engines and how do they work?
What are Search Engines? Want to know what search engines are and how they work? Our blog article will help you better understand search engines!
Search engines use a sophisticated database program developed by search engine companies, like Google, Bing and Yahoo, to help users search, using various search queries, for a particular company, product, or service a company offers!
Because Search engines are web-based tools, each search engine can be used to search for a specific document, guides, tutorials, images, videos, a service you need, or a product you want to buy!
Search engine bots
Every search engine has its own Searchbot! For example, Google's search bot is called 'Googlebot'! For Bing, it is referred to as 'Bingbot'. The name of Yahoo's bot is called 'Yahoo! Slurp'.
How search engines operate?
In order for the search engines to provide you with an answer to your query, they first have to crawl billions of website, then build an index and store it in their sophisticated and fast database program, to be retrieved at a later time through a user search!
Once sites have been indexed, a user, like yourself, can use your preferred search engine's search box to search for a PDF document, or a business using a keyword, or a keyword phrase. Once the search is complete, the search engine will present you with pages and pages listing websites the search engine believe to be the most relevant to your query.
The page you will have in front of you is called 'search engine result pages', or SERP, and will contain a listing of websites with their respective title and description.
The speed of a search engine
When you want something, you want it now! Search engine, like Google, has thousands of machines throughout the world, with sophisticated database programs that process large quantity of information, be it videos, PDF documents, images, and so on, and present their search result to you!
The search engines do everything in their power to provide you with an answer to your query within a fraction of a second, and if they don't, they might loose your business!
Yes, search engines are in the business of making money, so the more users use a specific search engine to search the world wide web and get their answer fast, the more businesses would advertise their on the search engine via Paid add, and so on!
Search engine market share
As of March 2015, Google holds 62.3% of Global market share but Bing continues to grow! Looking at our below search engine market share graph, you'll notice that Baidu is holding second place, followed by Bing, Yahoo, AOL, Ask, and Lycos at 0.02%!
The numbers shown in the graph above can change at anytime! Search engines want to keep the highest search engine market share, thus each search engine does its best to provide you with relevant search result and in the fastest possible speed through the latest available technologies and fastest hardware, and well developed algorithm!
Taming the search engines
Every business wants to attain high ranking! They will spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollar to make sure their business website is on the first page of the search engines, preferrably Top1 on Google, Bing and Yahoo!
A website's content is food for the search engines and the meat for high search ranking is quality content! Each search engine follow a specific diet! If you have pretty good idea of what type of food a search engine loves, you want to make sure that your provide it with your best dish that took thought and time to prepare!
What is your preferred search engine?
Just like you have a preferred browser you use to surf the web, we are sure you have a preferred search engine that you use to find something you need or want to buy! Sharing which search engine you prefer to use, and why would be very much appreciated!
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