As you know, there are lots of search engines on the web (Excite, Yahoo, Alta Vista, Hotbot, Lycos, Northern Lights etc.). I hate all of them.
When I have a topic in mind, I have a list of words that I know will appear in the article I want. So, I don’t want a heirarchical engine (like Yahoo or Mining Company). I also don’t want overly clever engines like Excite.
Let me take that last one as an example of my problem. It has an input field labelled “Must contain [the phrase]”. Well, when I input the phrase, I get lots of hits from pages that most certainly do not contain that text. (Yes, I realize that web sites change their content, but this problem occurs so often that the reason must be a bit more complicated than that.)
As an experiment, last night I tried searching the web for my name (“Timothy Campbell”). So far, all the search engines I’ve tried have utterly disappointed me. I know my name is listed on many web sites, exactly as shown, but the engines would try to “guess” what I “meant”. So I’d get hits on “Timothy X. Campbell”, “Fred Campbell/Timothy Smith”, along with some other brilliant “hits” that I simply can’t fathom.
Taking what I’ve said into account, can I hear some opinions on which search engines produce the best results from specific words and phrases?