The Week in Review

Automated Link Generators - Not Worth The Trouble
SearchDay, Jan. 17, 2002
Link popularity is crucial for search engine success, but don't even think of using automated software to help -- these programs are both useless and offensive.

Lycos Enhances Advanced Search
SearchDay, Jan. 16, 2002
As part of a renewed commitment to improving its web search capabilities, Lycos has quietly introduced new advanced features that are both powerful and easy to use.

The Search Engine Spam Police
SearchDay, Jan. 15, 2002
We don't like spam! Three prominent anti-spam crusaders pull no punches when describing common mistakes that will automatically banish your site from the major search engines.

Searching to a Different Beat
SearchDay, Jan. 14, 2002
All good journalists are adept at discovering information, and some of the best Internet discovery tools are maintained by reporters who've published their list of sources on the web.

Elsewhere at

Yahoo for Researchers
Defining the rules is the first step in winning the game.

Site Map Usability
The Nielsen Norman Group has released a study on site map usability. Summarized on and available in PDF form, this new report shows that most webmasters and users underutilize site maps.

Super Site Searching Strength,,10380_952881,00.html
Popular and powerful Google offers a number of searching services to enhance any e-commerce site.

Customer Data? We Don't Have Any Customer Data
You start a new job and, much to your horror, discover that the company doesn't analyze its Web site log files. It's time for you to change that.

Ask Jeeves Wraps Its Arms Around Octopus,2198,3531_954091,00.html
The question-answer search engine is on a buying binge as the company acquires Steve Douty's CRM startup for its Jeeves Solutions division.

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.

European Net registrars boycott ICANN...
ZDNet Jan 18 2002 11:53AM GMT
France takes to the web...
BBC Jan 18 2002 11:45AM GMT
Yahoo Loses Mallet, Beats Estimates... Jan 17 2002 11:47PM GMT
The New Northern Light...
Research Buzz Jan 17 2002 8:19PM GMT
Afilias questions .info authenticity...
ZDNet Jan 17 2002 5:10PM GMT
Domain name challenge launched...
ZDNet Jan 17 2002 11:08AM GMT
Yahoo Want the good news or the bad?... Jan 17 2002 8:22AM GMT
A Site for Canceled TV Shows; Is the Web Shrinking?...
New York Times Jan 17 2002 8:15AM GMT
Seeking search engine perfection...
Guardian Unlimited Jan 17 2002 2:54AM GMT
Inktomi Posts Marginal Gains...
Internet News Jan 17 2002 12:41AM GMT
Writing for the Search Engines: Heathers Heated Flash Debate...
Rank Write Jan 16 2002 11:31PM GMT
Search Engine Optimization: Meta Tags, Submission and Resubmission...
Rank Write Jan 16 2002 11:31PM 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.