The Week in Review

Anatomy of a Search Engine: Inside FAST
SearchDay #389, October 31, 2002
Here's a behind the scenes glimpse at the inner workings of FAST, the search engine that powers Lycos, and other regional portals.

Anatomy of a Search Engine: Inside Google
SearchDay #388, October 30, 2002
Search engines aren't just black boxes -- they are programs continually updated to improve indexing, search responsiveness and relevance ranking. Here's an insider's look at Google.

Making Dynamic and E-Commerce Sites Search Engine Friendly
SearchDay #387, October 29, 2002
Many dynamic and e-commerce web sites are unwittingly part of the Invisible web, but there are several strategies for making them more search engine friendly.

A Closer Look at Overture's Auto Bid System
SearchDay #386, October 28, 2002
Overture's Auto Bid program is designed to ensure that you do not pay more a penny more than necessary to get the top position for your search terms, but you need to understand the subtleties of the program to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Elsewhere at

The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law
Can't tell your copyright from your copyleft? Cybersquatters got you down? Have we got the book for you. Doug Isenberg's new book on cyberlaw shows the way through the legal minefield.

Practical XML for the Web
This excerpt from Chapter 5 of "Practical XML for the Web" introduces XSLT, going through the basics of using it to transform XML on the client-side, by way of easy-to-follow tutorial examples.

Is Content Going to the Blogs?
Could blogging be a communications strategy for your business? And what on earth is a "wiki"?

IBM Says It's Time for 'Smart Homes',2350,4191_1489021,00.html
Will the connected home offer new opportunities for high tech firms? IBM thinks so and has joined the Internet Home Alliance to help speed things along.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Online search engines news
FAST Embraces XHTML, CSS... Nov 1 2002 12:07PM GMT
Domain name news
Country domain rebellion - storm in teacup?...
Demys Nov 1 2002 5:37AM GMT
ICANN Nixes At-Large Reps...
Wired News Oct 31 2002 7:54PM GMT
Online search engines news
Explaining the Recent Yahoo/Google Changes...
Traffick Oct 31 2002 3:33PM GMT
Does Google's power threaten the Web?...
ZDNet Oct 31 2002 1:45PM GMT
Online portals news
Can he take down Yahoo?...
CNET Oct 31 2002 12:33PM GMT
Internet features
Thinking in the Future Tense...
WebTalkGuys Radio Oct 31 2002 12:01PM GMT
Online search engines news
Gimpsy Search Engine Offers Innovative Approach to Web Searching...
URLwire Oct 31 2002 11:50AM GMT
Online portals news
Yahoo Goes PHP in Open Source Embrace... Oct 31 2002 10:20AM GMT
Online marketing news
Pop-Up 'Alerts': Spam in Sheep's Clothing...
New York Times Oct 31 2002 7:04AM GMT
Online search engines news
Who Will Be the Next Google?...
High Rankings Oct 31 2002 6:57AM GMT
Top internet stories
Making the Web Child-Safe...
New York Times Oct 31 2002 5:01AM GMT
Online marketing news
Spam-blockers hall of fame...
ZDNet Oct 31 2002 1:04AM GMT
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About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was's Web Search Guide.