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30 Specialist (and Super Smart) Search Engines

30 Specialist (and Super Smart) Search Engines
Google is widely (and rightly) recognised as the mother of all search engines. But, if you need to drill down your searches by more specific details, do you trust Google to give you what you need every single time? Here’s a collection of 3o vertical search engines which you should have up your sleeve when you need some specialist power. Flights / Travel 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Images 7. 8. People 9. Forums 11. Music 12. Audio and Video 16. Resources 18. Domain names 20. Icons 22. Private search 25. Similar websites 26. All-rounders 27. While some of these are better alternatives to Google and the other major engines, for the most part, the big boys do it incredibly (incredibly, incredibly) well. olly via shutterstock

Voxalead List of search engines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is a list of articles about search engines, including web search engines, selection-based search engines, metasearch engines, desktop search tools, and web portals and vertical market websites that have a search facility for online databases. By content/topic General P2P search engines Geographically limited scope Semantic Accountancy IFACnet Business Computers Electronics Enterprise Funnelback: Funnelback SearchJumper 2.0: Universal search powered by Enterprise bookmarkingOracle Corporation: Secure Enterprise Search 10gQ-Sensei: Q-Sensei EnterpriseTeraText: TeraText Suite Fashion Fashion Net Food/Recipes Genealogy family history search engine Mobile/Handheld Job Legal Medical News People Real estate / property Television TV Genius Video Games Wazap (Japan) By information type Search engines dedicated to a specific kind of information Forum Omgili Blog Multimedia Source code BitTorrent Cloud Open Drive Email Maps Price Question and answer Human answers Automatic answers Natural language By model Search appliances

17 Things You Should Stop Doing to Your Websites We see dozens of guides and tutorials on how we should make our websites better to rank, convert, and perform. On the other hand, there’s so much wrong-doing, it can be easier for you to STOP doing some things to get better results with your online presence. Below I’ve outlined the 17 most popular “sins” I’ve identified on my customers’ websites within the last 2 years. 1. Stop posting pathetic useless promotional content I do realize, some “boring niche” companies find it pretty hard to create a content strategy and produce fascinating content on a regular basis… But it’s not an excuse for publishing something-of-no-use to anyone. 2. Yes, you got me right – there’s not much sense in stealing stock images. Image credit Sorry, I don’t believe these guys :) Dozens of studies and experiments prove that users are more attracted by amateur pictures that look true-to-life, though they can miss a polished glamorous look. 3. 4. If your target audience comprises mostly PhDs, then I may be wrong.

Five Excellent (Yet Free) Video Converters For Your iPhone And iPod By Umar Anjum on March 11, 2011 Five Excellent (Yet Free) Video Converters For Your iPhone And iPod Don't Forget to participate in a contest where you can win an amazing e-Commerce template from TemplateMonster. As entertaining as they are, unfortunately portable media players cannot handle all media types you throw at them. Unless there comes an all-format-accepting portable media player, we have to use video conversion software to transform our media type before our iPhones and iPods can play them. For my fellow iPhone and iPod owners who are looking for a competent yet free software solution for video conversion, here are 5 of the best options available online. FreeStudio FreeStudio is DVDVideoSoft’s handy video conversion freeware that will excellently suit iPhone and iPod video conversions. Daniusoft Video Converter Free In addition to iPods and iPhones, Daniusoft Video Converter Free also supports video conversions for PSP, Zune, and other cell-phones and portable media players.

Microsoft idea: Analyze Facebook posts to deduce mood, interests, education Thanks to its Facebook partnership, Microsoft has been strongly positioned to use social media to enhance its Bing search engine, incorporating the preferences of a person’s friends into the search results that person sees. But this would take it to a whole new level. A newly surfaced Microsoft patent application describes a “user-following engine” that would analyze a user’s posts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to deduce mood, interests, and possibly even the person’s education level and comprehension of specific topics. Then the system would automatically adjust the search experience and results to better match those characteristics. In the case of the person’s mood, for example, the background of the search interface could be changed to a different color. And then there’s the part about the person’s smarts. If it sounds a little creepy, rest assured that the system would require the consent of the user.

15 Best Free Open Source Ecommerce Platforms When it comes to open source ecommerce platforms, there are plenty to choose from. Here, we take a close look at the 15 best available, which should help guide you in the right direction. I’m not going to lie- finding the perfect platform is not easy. Each one has its own set of pros and cons and has been designed with a slightly different user in mind. 1. You’ve only got to look at Magento’s client list to realise what an excellent piece of open-source software it is. 2. osCommerce (free) osCommerce is absolutely free under the GNU General Public License and caters very well to most people’s needs. 3. Not only does OpenCart look great, it’s extremely scalable. 4. Spree is an open-source ecommerce platform for Ruby on Rails. 5. PrestaShop is another robust, professional-grade e-Commerce solution that you can download, install, and use for free. 6. VirtueMart, which has been designed to work alongside Joomla! 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. SimpleCart(js) 2.0 is no longer only for Paypal. 12. 13. 14.

4 Principles to Drive SEO Success 4 Principles to Drive SEO Success I’ve been lately asked to give some tips, especially to new SEOs, to enhance their skills. Although I already presented in MozCon last year best practices and guidelines to effectively manage SEO projects, I would like to share some principles –instead of specific tips–, that when followed together I’ve found they create the foundation of a great SEO work, providing consistent, long-term value to clients that can be applicable to any SEO project and differentiate exceptional SEO specialists. I have no doubt that most of you already know and follow them in one way or another but I have also seen how these principles are unfortunately diluted in our busy daily SEO life. 1. Have you ever proposed to build a “useful resource or tool” or an “attractive piece of content” to your clients just to realize that they already had developed it and you had no idea? Don’t be afraid to ask, do a complete research from the start and ongoing follow-ups. 2. 3. 4.

10 Effective Project Management Software That Simplify Your Tasks Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing and managing resources to accomplish a successful project. It is a temporary effort that has a fixed beginning and end and is mostly time-constrained. It simply means that you have to accomplish some tasks on time through proper planning and management. Projects need a great deal of planning and dedication to be successful, so having an efficient project management tools are really inportant. An ‘efficient‘ project management tool should not only be fast but should also boast all of the following features: SchedulingCost ControlBudget ManagementResource AllocationCollaborationCommunicationDocumentation So today we have a list of 10 Awesome FREE Tools For Effective Project Management. OpenProj Advertisement It is an open source tool and it can be used as the desktop substitute of Microsoft Project. dotProject This one is a web-based Project Management tool. GanttProject ConsultComm Its main features are: TaskJuggler Collabtive OpenGoo

How American Express Grows Its Massive Social Media Presence The Social Brands Series is supported by Spredfast, a social media management platform provider helping organizations unlock social business potential. Discover best practices & proven tactics for using social in the enterprise with the 7 Whiteboard Sessions for every Social Strategist. Credit card company American Express seemed to come out of nowhere in the past year, offering one social media program after another. Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+ — it's got them all covered, and even better, it stands for what its consumers want across all of the social platforms it's on. While American Express has seemed to pump a lot of life into its social strategy as of late, it has actually been on the scene since 2009, helping cardholders solve problems one tweet and wall post at a time. We spoke with Leslie Berland, SVP of digital partnerships and development at American Express, for the backstory on AmEx's social media strategy, mission and goals.