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Search engines

Search engines help us to quickly find information on the internet. Every search engine has its own unique way of finding information, but each one is constantly striving to give us the best possible search results.

Search engines comparison chart for 2014

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Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
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Overall
google has a rating of five  overall bing has a rating of four  overall yahoo has a rating of four  overall ask has a rating of three  overall
Search results
google has a rating of five for search results bing has a rating of four for search results yahoo has a rating of four for search results ask has a rating of four for search results
Features
google has a rating of five for features bing has a rating of four for features yahoo has a rating of three for features ask has a rating of three for features
Safety
google has a rating of five for safety bing has a rating of four for safety yahoo has a rating of four for safety ask has a rating of five for safety
Advertising
google has a rating of five for advertising bing has a rating of four for advertising yahoo has a rating of five for advertising ask has a rating of three for advertising
Ease of use
google has a rating of five for ease of use bing has a rating of four for ease of use yahoo has a rating of four for ease of use ask has a rating of four for ease of use
Help & support
google has a rating of four for help & support bing has a rating of four for help & support yahoo has a rating of four for help & support ask has a rating of three for help & support
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Email support
google offers email support bing offers email support yahoo offers email support ask offers email support
Help files
google offers help files bing offers help files yahoo offers help files ask offers help files
FAQs
google offers faqs bing offers faqs yahoo offers faqs ask offers faqs
Forums
google offers forums bing offers forums yahoo offers forums ask offers forums

Search engines explained

Every day search engines send out small spiders or bots as they are sometimes known to millions of different websites and blogs on the internet. As they search around the content of the website, they send information back to the search engine that get stores in a database.

Everytime you enter your keyword, phrase or term into the search engine, it brings back results from its database. How the search engine decides what information to bring back is a closely guarded secret as they often don't want their competitors to know how its done.

Search engine advancements

Search engines have evolved beyond simple text based searches. It now includes searches for images, videos, maps, answers to questions and even products. The features within search engine results have also evolved in recent years. In many you can now see a preview of the website you might be about to click on, you can see whether the link is safe and free from malware. Some search engines even embed real-time results from social networking websites.

Back to basics

Although serach engines have evolved, the basic concept remains very simple. Find the best results, with the minimum of effort. All of the top four serach engines that dominate the market have kept with the single, yet elegantly simple search box. Most of the advancements in search engines are kept hidden away, but if you feel the results you are getting are still relevent then you know the search engines are still evolving.



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Bing
Yahoo
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