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Frequently Asked Questions


General

There are lots of great search engines. Why do we need another one?

Can I submit a website to EveryLastSearch?

What is the difference between related searches and similar searches?


Zones

How do you choose your search zones?

Can I suggest a new zone?


Advanced Search

Can I just type the advanced search syntax instead of going to the Advanced Search page?

Can I see a complete list of all of the advanced search symbols?


Search Options

Where are my search options saved?


General

There are lots of great search engines. Why do we need another one?

EveryLastSearch is a different type of search engine. Most search engines are designed to help you find webpages. And they are really good at it. When we want to find a webpage we use Google, Bing, and others too. EveryLastSearch helps you find things: recipes, house plans, stock images, etc. In most cases EveryLastSearch knows more about things that traditional search engines so we can return much more relevant results.

I'll give you an example. Let's say you are looking for house plans. More specifically, you are looking 2000+ square foot country- or farmhouse- style plans with 3 or more bedrooms. Traditional search engines will return millions of links to webpages with the words "house", "country", "plan", "farmhouse", "2000", etc. Some of those pages will be house plans but only a few of them will meet your original criteria. When you ask the same question in the house plan zone of EveryLastSearch every result will be a house plan and every result will match your criteria.

Here are four more features that make us different:

  1. Topical Search Engines: Organizing our search engines into zones means we don't need to worry about search context. If you are searching for "low carb" in the recipe zone, we know you are searching for low carb recipes and not low carb diets or low carb products. We can focus on returning the most relevant search results without wasting any time or energy on trying to infer the context of your search.
  2. Faceted Search: All EveryLastSearch searches are faceted (facets are the filters that appear to the left of your search results). They make refining your search results quick and easy.
  3. Exploring Search Results: When you view an EveryLastSearch search result you will see a toolbar on the top of the screen. You can use the Next and Previous links on the toolbar to view other search results. This is much quicker than going back to the list of search results to click the next result.
  4. Customizable Search Engine: You can change how the search engine determines the relevance of a search result. For example, if you search for "chicken broth" in the recipe zone, you can use the search options to specify that you are more interested in ingredient matches than recipe name matches. In other words, you are looking for recipes that call for chicken broth, not recipes to make chicken broth.

Can I submit a website to EveryLastSearch?

Not yet. We are working on the user interface to let users submit websites for indexing.

What is the difference between related searches and similar searches?

Similar searches are searches that have one or more words in common with your search. Related searches are searches that users typically also try before or after executing your search.


Zones

How do you choose your search zones?

We got our start in recipe management software so the recipe zone was an obvious choice. The other nine zones that are currently available were chosen because we thought they were interesting and useful and they allowed us to test new aspects of our web crawling and parsing technologies. Many more zones are in the works.

Can I suggest a new zone?

Not yet, but we are working on an interface that will let users vote for future zones.


Advanced Search

Can I just type the advanced search syntax instead of going to the Advanced Search page?

Yes. Once you are familiar with the advanced search syntax you can use it in any search box on any EveryLastSearch website.

Can I see a complete list of all of the advanced search symbols?

+  Put a plus sign just before mandatory words: +barbecue +chicken

-  Put a minus sign just before words you don't want: -garlic, -"brussels sprouts"

"  Put exact words in quotes: "pepperoni pizza"

*  Use an apostrophe as a wildcard character: auto* services will return results for auto services, automobile services, automotive services, etc.


Search Options

Where are my search options saved?

Your search options and facet options are stored in a cookie on your computer. If you have disabled cookies on your computer, all aspects of EveryLastSearch will still work except your options won't be saved.

A future version of EveryLastRecipe will include user profiles that will enable you to use the same search and facet options on all of your devices.