Apps are small software programs that usually serve a very specific purpose. For example, you might have an app that lets you utilize Facebook, or an app that helps you track your exercise, or an app that helps you find great deals. There are several ways to find apps, whether that be on your phone or tablet or PC. Here are five app search tools that you can use to find an app that will serve your unique needs.
Ever wonder how search engines rank their search results? Out of the millions and millions of pages that are available on the Web, how do search engines figure out which one is the one that fits your unique search query? This is an extraordinarily complex process that I've broken down into a few simple steps in this article titled "How Do Search Engines Rank Pages?"; it's a brief explanation of how search engines retrieve results and gives a few ideas on why you're looking at the results you're looking at.
Today is Cyber Monday, traditionally honored as the Monday after Black Friday as the official kickoff for online shopping. And do I have some good online shopping sites for you!
- Shopping Search Engines: I've written up short and sweet profiles for some of the best shopping search engines on the Web today.
- Comparison Shopping Search Engines: Comparison shopping search engines not only find the item you're looking for, but they give you a list of comparison prices in order for you to find a discount, compare prices from competitors, and finally make a purchase.
- Online Auctions: Check out these online auction sites to find specialty products, grab a bargain, or add to a collection.
- PayPal: If you make a few online purchases this holiday season, most likely, at some point, you'll be utilizing PayPal. Find out more about PayPal.
- Five Things You Can Do With Craigslist: My mom just bought an entire set of her favorite dishes on Craigslist...I've scored a brand new Dania couch and overstuffed chair...and I know lots of folks who are scouring the Craigslist pages for that special holiday gift this year. Find out more about Craigslist and how you can use it to complete your shopping list.
- Free Online Coupon Codes: Check out my list of the best sites to find free coupons and coupon codes for both online and offline stores - you'll be able to save some serious money and find some great deals.
- Free Printable Grocery Store Coupons: Free printable grocery store coupons can help you cut down on your grocery bill, and best of all, they're relatively easy to find on the Web.
By the way: If you come across a particularly good deal on something, please share your find in the comments here so we can all take advantage of it!
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally known as Black Friday in the United States. It's the day when serious holiday shopping begins in earnest. Many stores offer some pretty good deals for Black Friday - you can find out which ones have the best deals with this list of some of the best Black Friday sites on the Web. Read more about Black Friday on the Web.
More online shopping: You can find all sorts of really good deals on the Web; in fact, online shopping is something I enjoy immensely, since I don't have to get dressed up and get out of the house, and I can do it at 3 AM if I want to. Read my article titled Online Shopping to see which shopping search engines might have that perfect deal you've been looking for.
I love cooking and baking for Thanksgiving, but every once in a while, it's nice to take a break. Try this Thanksgiving Trivia Scavenger Hunt to test your Thanksgiving history knowledge, and if you get stumped (boy, I sure did!), then you can use the following resources to track down answers on the Web:
- Top Ten Web Search Tricks: Ten simple search tricks you can use to make your searches extremely effective.
- 47 Alternatives to Wikipedia: Wikipedia is a superb source, but not always the most appropriate for every situation. Try a few other sources, say, 47 others.
- The Ultimate Search Engine List: With over a hundred unique search engines represented in this list, you're sure to find one that can help you find the answer to how much turkey per capita is consumed in the U.S. (one of the Thanksgiving Trivia Scavenger Hunt questions that I got stuck on).
There is an amazing collection of primary source documents for several different time periods at The Library of Congress's Primary Source Sets: Civil War Music, Hispanic Exploration, The New Deal, and much more. One of the best is Thanksgiving, a collection of primary documents, photographs, paintings, letters, and official proclamations from the original, historical Thanksgiving in 1621. Here are just a few of the documents you can view on the Web:
- A Proclamation for a Day of Fasting and Prayer, 1678
- The First Thanksgiving, 1621 (painting)
- Lincoln Thanksgiving Proclamation, Oct. 3, 1863 (images 735-736)
- Signing the Compact in the Cabin of the Mayflower
- Landing of the Pilgrims (Massasoit and his Warriors)
Definitely take at least a few minutes and check it out, what an amazing collection!
More Thanksgiving resources on the Web
- Thanksgiving Trivia Scavenger Hunt
- Free Thanksgiving Wallpaper
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Thanksgiving Free Live Webcams
image: reproduction of oil painting from series: The Pageant of a Nation. No known restrictions on publication.
The Friday after Thanksgiving in the States is typically known as Black Friday, the day when stores put a lot of great sales and shoppers take advantage of them. If you're interested in checking out a few of these Black Friday ads on the Web before venturing out into the weather, here are a few ways you can accomplish that online.
- Search for the store. Use your favorite search engine and do a simple search for the store you'd like to visit with the name of the advertisement appended to it, i.e., "walmart black friday ad 2013". This brings back the ad from the store itself so you can see firsthand what sales and specials you might be in for. You don't have to put 2013 on there; most search engines will return the most recent results for whatever you query. My search for "best buy black friday" brought back results from the store itself for 2013.
- Search for what you'd like to buy: If you'd like to find a good deal on computers, try searching (again, in your favorite search engine) for it like this: "black friday sales computers". Ads and sites featuring ads with these items will be returned in your search results.
- Check out Black Friday coupon sites. There are a few sites that exclusively monitor ads and circulars, bringing you the most recently updated content. A few of the best are BFAds, Black Friday, GottaDeal, Coupon Cabin, The Black Friday, and Deal Taker.
Do you shop on Black Friday? Or do you stay home and wait for Cyber Monday? Please cast your vote below:
If you're looking for a job, one of the best job search engines you can use is Indeed.com. There are a number of ways you can search for possible positions on Indeed:
- Search by area: Simply type in your zip code, city, or state, and Indeed.com will come back with a list of all the jobs listed in that area. If you choose a zip code, you can further narrow down your geographical area with the drop-down menu on the search results page (within 5 to 100 miles).
- Search by salary: This is pretty neat. Say you're looking for a job in chemical engineering. Type in your job title, plus the area you're looking for, and on the left-hand side you'll see salaries, with the numbers of jobs in those salary ranges in parentheses.
- Search by job type: Search for job types simply by clicking the arrow next to the "Job Type" link; you can search for full-time, part-time, contract, internships, or temporary jobs.
More help with online job searches
Was the title of this post clear as mud? No worries. In this article, titled Draw a Blank to Get Better Search Results, I'll show you a simple trick that will help you find answers to factual questions much faster.
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There are a lot of ways to search the Web, including a few tricks that you can use to narrow your searches in a VERY efficient way. For example:
- Inurl: The inurl search syntax allows you to search for words within the URL, the address of a resource, file, site, service, etc. on the Internet.
- Search for a Specific File Format: If you're looking for a specific kind of file on the Web, there's a couple of search engines that support this kind of restrictive searching.
- Boolean Search: Boolean searching is built on a method of symbolic logic developed by George Boole, a 19th century English mathematician. Most online databases and search engines support Boolean searches. Boolean search techniques can be used to carry out effective searches, cutting out many unrelated documents.
You'd be surprised how these simple tips can make your Web searching that much easier - try 'em and I'm sure you'll agree! What are your favorite "top secret" Web search tricks? Please share in the comments.