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    Default What is the Difference between Search engine and meta search engine?

    hi,
    Can you explain me that What is the Difference between Search engine and meta search engine?
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    Search engines are of several types like
    1. Directory based
    2. Meta based
    3. Crawler based

    Crawler based search engine has a crawler to crawl and fetch data from WWW according to the user's queries

    Meta based search engine collects data from other search engines and data bases based on the user's queries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marshal View Post
    Search engines are of several types like
    1. Directory based
    2. Meta based
    3. Crawler based

    Crawler based search engine has a crawler to crawl and fetch data from WWW according to the user's queries

    Meta based search engine collects data from other search engines and data bases based on the user's queries.
    Thnx for sharing this.............

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    Very Good answer and a very informative thing i read it first time and this is very good addition in my knowledge.

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    Another search engines are Hybrid search engines. Hybrid search engines use a combination of both crawler-based results and directory results.
    Google and Yahoo is Hybrid search engines.

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    A meta-search engine is a search tool that sends user requests to several other search engines and/or databases and aggregates the results into a single list or displays them according to their source. Metasearch engines enable users to enter search criteria once and access several search engines simultaneously. Metasearch engines operate on the premise that the Web is too large for any one search engine to index it all and that more comprehensive search results can be obtained by combining the results from several search engines. This also may save the user from having to use multiple search engines separately.

    On the other hand, a subject directory is a catalog of sites collected and organized by humans. Subject directories are often called subject "trees" because they start with a few main categories and then branch out into subcategories, topics, and subtopics. To find the homepage for the Atlanta Braves at Yahoo!, for example, select "Recreation & Sports" at the top level, "Sports" at the next level, "Baseball" at the third level, "Major League Baseball" at the fourth level, "Teams" at the fifth level, then finally "Atlanta Braves."

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    Search engine usually have their own database of sites they craw and list in their database, for example Google, Yahoo, Ask.
    Meta Search Engines usually do not have their own database of crawled sites, they search the databases of real search engines, usually many search engines at the same time, and provide you results. So a meta search engine will give you results from say Yahoo and Google, some meta search engines do have database of sites submitted to them. Example of a meta search engine is DogPile.

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    Well, if seen in the way you all have told the difference then meta search engines will always produce the best results as per our queries..
    Then what are our major search engine types: i.e. Google,Yahoo,Msn..

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    A meta-search engine is a search tool that sends user requests to several other search engines and/or databases and aggregates the results into a single list or displays them according to their source. Metasearch engines enable users to enter search criteria once and access several search engines simultaneously. Metasearch engines operate on the premise that the Web is too large for any one search engine to index it all and that more comprehensive search results can be obtained by combining the results from several search engines. This also may save the user from having to use multiple search engines separately.

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    When a search engine returns its search results, it gives you two types: organic and paid. Organic search ... The following figure shows the difference between paid listings and organic results.

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