Marisa Stole the Precious Thing: I was going to make some smart-ass remark about the exclusion of Lycos and AltaVista from this, but it seems they both use primarily Yahoo search results. That fascinates me. Isn't that a bit like creating some basic front page, and using the search field for Google? How does that even count as a separate search engine?
Client: I can't get to my website!
Me: That's strange, I can get to it without any problem. Can you walk me through the steps you're taking to get there?
Client: Sure. I open my browser, and there's the thing there, and I type it in, and I get a bunch of other stuff. Not my site!
[Translation: my browser opens to the MSN or Yahoo! home page. I type my URL into the search engine field, and am puzzled when it returns unrelated answers.]
Me: Well, that's the thing we talked about, how it's going to take a little while before the search engines know about your site. Have you tried just typing your URL into your address bar like I showed you that one time?
Client: The what now?
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