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Aug 04, 2005 8:23 pmMore Search/Research tools#

Garland Coulson

Here are a couple of interesting search/research tools I've found:

1.  Ujiko - Graphical interface search tool that lets you drag bad search results to the "trash" so that your results get better.

2.  ZoomInfo - used for people search.  I had fun using this tool on myself and found it correctly identified a number of past companies I worked for.

Does anyone else have some other search and research tools they like beyond the major search engines?

Garland Coulson, "The E-Business Tutor"
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Aug 05, 2005 8:15 amre: More Search/Research tools#

George Hopkin
Not technically a search engine, but have just started using FeedDigest and have been very impressed so far.

http://www.feeddigest.com

Allows you to sort RSS feeds into a single digest.

Actually, thinking about it, it does allow you to create a digest based on a search of RSS feed contents, so it kinda qualifies!

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Aug 05, 2005 10:23 pmre: re: More Search/Research tools#

Anita Cohen-Williams
One of my blogs (SDWebPeeps) has a lot of SEO tools on it and many other interesting sites.

http://sdwebpeeps.blogspot.com/2005_06_01_sdwebpeeps_archive.html

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Aug 06, 2005 1:20 amre: re: re: More Search/Research tools#

William J

Add 24 Search Engines Rolled Into One Search Form to your website


http://news-4-u.com/search/add_search.shtml

William Jaroske

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Aug 06, 2005 6:12 amre: re: re: re: More Search/Research tools#

Anita Cohen-Williams
Why would you want to do this?

The web site does not impress me, including the fact that it has not been updated since 1999.

Out of the 24 engines, 9 no longer exist, AltaVista has Yahoo results, Netscape uses Google (I think)and Ah-Ha is now called Enhance and has a different web address.

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Aug 16, 2005 12:33 amre: More Search/Research tools#

Chris Young
If anyone else uses php, here is a simple snipet of code that will embed a web search form within your page without the complexities of setting up SOAP or wadding through the google api.
It comes without warranty but should work for anyone who wishes a simple web search feature on their site.
Check it out in action at savingcents.info
PHP Code:
< ?php

include ("http://savingcents.info/savingsapi.php");
?>




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Aug 16, 2005 6:03 pmMore Search/Research tools#

Gary Mialocq, Ph.D.
There is technology that allows me to "own" an ad billboard on a well-known web site with lots of traffic. The income I can generate from renting that ad space pays for the subscription fee. I use it and I recommend it highly. The Web Search Engine is excellent.

You can see it on my website at the bottom of the home page at

Mountain Wizard Marketing.


Enjoy and feel free to comment.

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Sep 12, 2005 9:23 pmre: More Search/Research tools#

Chris Young
RambleWeb.com may not
be a targeted search tool but, it is a good source of inspiration for creative ideas.

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Sep 12, 2005 9:50 pmre: re: More Search/Research tools#

Anita Cohen-Williams
Check out Librarians' Index to the Web: http://www.lii.org and for news , http://www.topix.net

I really like Topix, because you can search for selected subjects and they use the smaller papers. They have just included Canadian news sources as well.

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Sep 13, 2005 2:33 amre: re: re: More Search/Research tools#

Gary Mialocq, Ph.D.
Not a very good search engine.

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Sep 13, 2005 3:45 amre: re: re: re: More Search/Research tools#

George Hopkin
Two more RSS research tools: http://www.rojo.com and http://www.newsburst.com

Only started using them yesterday, but quite impressed with UIs.

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Sep 13, 2005 4:45 pmre: More Search/Research tools#

Garland Coulson
Hi Anita,

The Librarians Guide to the Internet is already part of the Free Traffic Bar. I'll look at adding Topix to the next update.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Garland Coulson, "The E-Business Tutor"
Market while you surf!
FREE Traffic and Research Toolbar for FireFox and Internet Explorer
http://www.freetrafficbar.com
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Sep 13, 2005 8:06 pmre: More Search/Research tools#

Garland Coulson
Thanks George,

I'll look into them.

Garland Coulson, "The E-Business Tutor"
Market while you surf!
FREE Traffic and Research Toolbar for FireFox and Internet Explorer
http://www.freetrafficbar.com
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Sep 15, 2005 4:44 amre: More Search/Research tools#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901
Garland,

I checked out your ZoomInfo search. Pretty interesting. I am wondering if there is a service that can help provide email addresses for board members of public companies. Is there a search engine designed to do that sort of thing. I see that ZoomInfo has that potential. But, so far as the folks I looked up, none had an email address listed.

I realize you can go into Google and put in a phone number and get a person's name and mailing address. Well, I am interested in being able to get the email address in order to send out e-cards. Any suggestions?

Lamar Morgan

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Sep 15, 2005 3:55 pmre: More Search/Research tools#

Garland Coulson

Hi Lamar,

Zoom Info does let you send an email to a the person you searched for using their online form, but they don't give you the email address directly.  In some cases, the email address of the person is on the web site you find their name on (I know mine is). 

Most board members of public companies don't want people to harvest their email addresses and spam them so they may not make them available.  Some of these people might be in LinkedIn as well.  I think the premium LinkedIn membership now lets you contact people more directly as well.  

You could also try a service called Jigsaw.  They let you trade, buy and sell contact information.  I haven't used them myself as I don't want to give the contact info of my own list to them.

Remember that mass emailing to a list of people who have not subscribed to your list is considered spam.

Garland Coulson, "The E-Business Tutor"
Market while you surf!
FREE Traffic and Research Toolbar for FireFox and Internet Explorer
http://www.freetrafficbar.com 
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Sep 17, 2005 3:46 amre: re: More Search/Research tools#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901
Garland,

Is there no such thing as an email directory? That is to say, you look up a person at a particular company and get their email address and use it. And, if you use it to contact them - and they do not already know you - are you automatically a spammer - even if you are not offering a product or service? Suppose you suggest a business networking relationship? Are you still a spammer?

I ask this because I visited a free classified website. On that website I ran across an ad that interested me. I sent an email to the creator of the ad asking a question. Well, guess what that person did? She reported me to her ISP's abuse deparment. However, it shows in the email that I said "I am responding to your classified ad at...." I did not illegally harvest the email address. She gave it to me when she ran that ad.

Are you not allowed to contact people you do not already know via email - even if that person posts an online classified ad complete with an email address?

Lamar Morgan

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Sep 17, 2005 5:22 pmre: More Search/Research tools#

Garland Coulson
People avoid posting email addresses in directories because they don't want their email address harvested by spammers.

The definition of spam isn't that clear, but usually it is unsolicited mass emailing for a commercial purpose.

So a one-on-one email shouldn't be considered spam, but some people think of any unwanted email as spam and complain. Sometimes ISPs treat you as guilty until proven innocent.

It is usually better to focus on attracting the right people to you and having them subscribe to an opt-in list rather than emailing people you don't know. I have thousands of people on my list who want to receive my material and it is much easier to market to them than to try to ambush strangers with my marketing message.

Garland Coulson, "The E-Business Tutor"
Market while you surf!
FREE Traffic and Research Toolbar for FireFox and Internet Explorer
http://www.freetrafficbar.com
Moderator, Internet Marketing Tools

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Sep 18, 2005 2:55 amre: re: More Search/Research tools#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901
Garland,

I have a problem understanding Jigsaw. How can it be any better or safer to purchase email addresses of people you do not already know?

Let's say there are specific people you want to contact via email and send them a message. Does the anti-spam law prevent you from doing that? Is the only way to contact a specific person you do not already know via regular mail? Is that the only safe way to proceed?

Lamar Morgan

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Sep 18, 2005 4:10 pmre: More Search/Research tools#

Garland Coulson
Hi Lamar,

I don't use Jigsaw myself, but I believe the idea is that you use it to find out contact info of people in companies you would like to connect with.

You can either buy contact info or contribute contact info you have in your own contact list in exchange.

This isn't really any better, because you still don't know the people. This is why online networking groups like Ryze, Ecademy and LinkedIn exist - to help you build relationships. Building relationships and attracting people is better than emailing strangers.

Garland Coulson, "The E-Business Tutor"
Market while you surf!
FREE Traffic and Research Toolbar for FireFox and Internet Explorer
http://www.freetrafficbar.com
Moderator, Internet Marketing Tools
http://imtools-network.ryze.com/

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Sep 18, 2005 4:52 pmre: re: More Search/Research tools#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Garland,

I spent nearly 16 years of my life in the investment banking world. This was back before the Internet was a marketing tool. Back then cold calling by phone was the way to go. It did not matter if you knew the person you were calling or not. What mattered was that this person was in your "target market" and you knew how to get in touch with him. If the person did not want to talk with you, fine. But, at least, you have the option to find out.

With the CAN-SPAM law it seems you can get in trouble just by making the attempt. Are we not allowed to get in touch with people we do not know - but have a service we know they should be able to utilize? Must we simply put our message out there in a clever way that MIGHT draw the "right people's" attention - provided they happen to be looking in a place they could find us?

Do you see the problem? Do you have a solution for reaching specific people in a target market?

Lamar Morgan

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Sep 18, 2005 6:26 pmre: More Search/Research tools#

Magi Therese Rai-Carmody
Hey Garland,

This has got to be the most mind-blowing breakthrough in research/search tools I have ever seen!

Uses some of the search engines on the Free Traffic Toolbar ( not as comprehensive as you lol), and some of the functions, but AUTOMATES the process!

Yep, its my affiliate link. You can only be an affiliate if you are a user of the product. I used it to catch up with a uni assignment I was impossibly behind on, and am currently finding it the most useful tool in my box for market research to position my marketing website for SEO, but there are lots more ways you can use it. Number One Benefit: Leverages Your Time!

I would be interested in what you think of this as it seems to be something on which you could give an informed opinion.

Here's the link: http://clixx.sbrllnt.clickbank.net

Cheers,

Magi

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Sep 18, 2005 6:29 pmre: re: re: More Search/Research tools#

Wendy McClelland
Lamar - I will spend time seeking out "just the right person" if I'm going after a speaking job that will net me $3500+. BUT I won't individually go after people who will be individual newsletter subscribers.

If I'm going to spend my time on "one to one" connections I'll go after the 'BIG fish!".

Garland comment about networking online is very important. I have been able to "do deals" with people from around the world this way and I've spammed no one!

It isn't spam to send an introductory email that is PERSONALLY addressed to an individual you wish to establish a working relationship with.

Cheers!

Wendy McClelland
"Create a Winning Marketing Plan in 10 Easy Steps"
http://www.thinkwithoutboundaries.com/dyn.10_Steps_to_a_Winning_Marketing_Plan.php

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Sep 18, 2005 7:46 pmre: re: More Search/Research tools#

Garland Coulson
Link is broken, Magi.

-Garland

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Sep 18, 2005 10:53 pmre: re: re: re: More Search/Research tools#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Wendy,

Are you 100% sure about your quote below:

"It isn't spam to send an introductory email that is PERSONALLY addressed to an individual you wish to establish a working relationship with."

I am not sure that is correct. However, I will be the first one to admit I certainly hope it is an accurate statement. Otherwise, I could get in serious trouble simply by introducing myself.

You see, I visited one of those free classified websites and posted a few ads. While there, I decided to try something I thought was clever. I responded to an ad with a question asking for a referral. The person I responded to sent my email to her ISP's abuse dept. I don't know where this matter is headed, but I certainly do not want to lose my Internet privileges over asking one person for a referral.

Lamar Morgan

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Sep 18, 2005 11:45 pmre: re: re: re: re: More Search/Research tools#

Wendy McClelland
Lamar - if you have an electronic "trail" of what has happened I cannot see any ISP taking this seriously. If a person posts an ad with their email address what do they want other than responses??

Sometimes I find people go online and don't think about things too well before they post things.

I once had a complaint about me sending spam to people about a new product I had found that I felt would be useful to my subscribers. When I could prove the woman had opted in to my subscriber list, and I was sending her information as per my subscriber rules the people she reported it to said "no problem".

I have sent many personal introductory emails - and have not had any problems. I'm not trying to sell a get rich quick scheme or a pyramid scheme - I'm offering my services in a way that will benefit both of us.

I have not seen the rules about introductory emails but believe I am well within my rights to say "hello" to someone - just like the ones I get from people EVERY day!

good luck with the person who has accused you of spamming.

Wendy McClelland
http://www.thinkwithoutboundaries.com

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Sep 19, 2005 2:40 amre: re: re: More Search/Research tools#

Magi Therese Rai-Carmody
Sorry Coulson,

Posting link again and will test it. Delete this post if still broken.

The Revolution in Search Technology that Leverages Your Precious Time.

http://clixx.sbrllnt.hop.clickbank.net

Enjoy,

Magi

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Sep 19, 2005 4:07 pmre: More Search/Research tools#

Garland Coulson
Hi Magi,

I am familiar with Search Automator. It is a nice tool but doesn't have as many resources as the Free Traffic Bar.

Garland Coulson, "The E-Business Tutor"
Market while you surf!
FREE Traffic and Research Toolbar for FireFox and Internet Explorer
http://www.freetrafficbar.com
Moderator, Internet Marketing Tools

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Sep 19, 2005 5:19 pmre: re: More Search/Research tools#

Magi Therese Rai-Carmody
Hi Coulson,

You're right there, Coulson, I'm just exploring the Free Traffic Toolbar and am very impressed.

It incorporates a lot of the functionality of searchautomator but with many more resources tailored to the needs of internet marketers, an elegant solution that I am looking forward to exploring further.

I am excited to have the opportunity to have access to the beta version and see how it develops.

As a standalone tool I find the best thing about searchautomator is the speed. I have used it mostly for non-marketing activities so far, but doing some keyword research at the moment.

I'm glad you are familiar with it, and congratulations on freetrafficbar.

Cheers,

Magi

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Sep 19, 2005 5:55 pmre: re: re: re: More Search/Research tools#

John Mortland
Your position is quite valid Ms. Wendy!
However, Howard Johnson has 29 flavors for a good
reason.
If you feel the recipient of your e-mail could benefit
from having your information or service, That is the
essence of commerce.

John Mortland
http://www.webconference-unlimited.com

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