What is RE

RE search Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the RE and how does it work?
  2. What are the benefits of using the RE?
  3. When should I use the RE?
  4. How are results ranked in the RE?
  5. Why is the search time of a meta-engine usually longer than a traditional search engine?
  6. What is a source engine or source database?
  7. What does the number next to a source represent?
  8. Do RE maintain a database of web pages?
  9. How do I submit my site?

What is the RE and how does it work?

the RE is a search tool that searches the databases of other search engines and/or directories. Unlike individual search engines and directories, REs do not maintain their own database of web pages; they do not collect, crawl, or index the web and they do not accept URL submissions. Instead, search queries are sent simultaneously to several search engines and/or directories.

With that in mind, let´s analyze how the RE works:

Upon receiving a query, the RE translates the syntax and sends it simultaneously to a set of multiple search engines and/or directories. All results gathered from the varied sources are then collated to remove duplicates and ranked according to its algorithm. Finally, an organized and sorted list of web pages is presented to the user. There are many other details, but a thorough explanation of how the RE works is beyond the scope of this page.

What are the benefits of using the RE?

The extraordinary growth of the internet has made it difficult, if not impossible, for search engines to keep up with its immense size and pace. Thus far, the major search engines have only been able to index a fraction of all the data that is available on the internet. Therefore, chances are you will occasionally fail to find the desired result if you rely on only one search engine. Thus, the key to effective internet searching is not to rely on one, but rather on multiple search engines.

However, it can be time consuming and tedious to individually visit and perform a search on multiple search engines. the RE solves this problem by providing a central place and interface where users can search several search engines at once. This benefits users by saving them time from having to individually learn and visit multiple search engines.

Another benefit of the RE is its ability to access a cross section of results from several search engines. Rather than being tied to one database, REs combine results from multiple databases, thereby enhancing the coverage and relevancy of your search. Additionally, the ability to access multiple databases provides the most up-to-date results.

When should I use the RE?

Whether you are a photographer wanting to keep up with the latest trend in digital cameras. Or a college student in need of research information about molecules. Or maybe a mother looking for cake recipes to prepare for her child's birthday party. REs can fulfill your desire for information in any kind of situation.

For those of you who are extremely loyal to traditional search engines and can not imagine switching to REs. You should still considering using REs as an alternate source  for information for the following reasons:

  • Use the RE when you are not having any luck pulling up results from your favorite search engine.
  • the RE can be particularly beneficial when you are in a hurry and do not have the time to visit severalsearch engines to obtain results.
  • At times when you are not sure of what to search for, REs can be a useful tool for obtaining an overview of a specific keyword and/or subject.
  • REs are highly adept at researching narrow or obscure topics. Since results are gathered from the index of several search engines, the RE is likely to yield more results for an obscure topic than a single search engine.

How are results ranked in the RE?

Depending on your search criteria and the RE itself, results are ranked differently by a variety of methods according to the engine´s algorithm. The objective, of course, is to return results most relevant to the user´s query first. Each meta-searchengine has its own method of ranking results. Most REs rank web pages according to how popular that page is ranked by its sources. If a page is ranked highly by its sources, most likely it will also be regarded as relevant by REs.

Why is the search time of a meta-engine usually longer than a traditional search engine?

It requires more time mainly because the RE must wait for results to arrive from all the queried sources before they can be processed and ranked. Whereas, results of a traditional search engine are stored in databases of their servers and page rank is often pre-determined, making retrieval time much quicker. Therefore, it can be said that REs are only as fast as the search engines and/or directory they search.

What is a source engine or source database?

A source engine or source database is a resource from google custom search results. REs usually declare where their results originated at the bottom or somewhere near each listing.

What does the number next to a source represent?

The number next to a source represents the site´s ranking in that particular source engine.

Do RE maintain a database of web pages?

REs do not crawl the web or maintain a database of web pages. Rather, results are retrieved from a number of different source engines and then combined to formulate a list of results.

How do I submit my site?

Since REs do not maintain a database of web pages, URL submissions are not accepted.