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What's a Search Site?

Put simply, a search site—which you may also see variously described as a search page, search tool, or search service— is a Web page where you can conduct a search of the Web. Such pages have been set up by a variety of companies, who offer you free Web searching and support the service, at least in part, through the advertising you'll see prominently displayed on most search sites. Figure 9.1 shows a popular search site, Excite.

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The term search engine is sometimes used to describe a search site. But this term more accurately describes the program a search site uses, behind the scenes, to perform searches. When you hear someone refer casually to a "search engine," just remember that they probably mean "search site."



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