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TECH TIPS - WEB DIRECTORIES

 

Most people use Google or Altavista or one of the other dozens of search websites when we want to do a search.  But there is anther way to search Web Directories.

 

First, I asked Google to define Web Directory (define:web directory): 

A search service that arranges the web pages it knows about into categories and subcategories, often picked by human beings for inclusion in the categories.

 

A search engine like Google (http://www.google.com/) searches for website that contain a particular set of key words.

 

A web directory like Yahoo Directory (http://dir.yahoo.com), uses people to review each Web site and categorize it according to its topic and, to some degree, its usefulness.  Did you get that?  Real human beings pick the websites that are included in a web directory.  Yahoo is no doubt the best web directory - that's what they do!

 

When I did a search on music lyrics in the Yahoo Web Directory, I got 12 categories of music lyrics and 68 websites for music lyrics.  I did a search on the music lyrics with the Google search engine.  I got 10,700,000 hits (websites) mind-boggling!  Remember, the 12 categories and 68 webpages I got in the Yahoo Directory search were hand-picked by a real person to be included in the search on this topic.

 

So when do you decide to use web directory?  When you want to do a search on a very broad topic, use a web directory.  A web directory will cover less ground than a search engine, but the sources are likely to be very good.  If you decide to do a narrow search such as, search for a specific song title - like, "I Ain't Nothin But A Hound Dog" (now that's good music!)  -  you may want to use a search engine like Google.

 

Here are some popular web directories to try out.

 

There are hundreds of specialized web directories.  To see some lists of these directories, go to any of the directories listed above and do a search for web directories. 

 

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