YAHOO is a actually a directory - a subject index. It is an attempt to catalogue and organise the entire Web. Search on a subject or topic. If you know exactly what subject you are searching for, and have a good sense of how to find your subject within a hierarchy of larger subjects, Yahoo is the best place to start.
The Yahoo site includes all sorts of other functionality, including excellent coverage of business-related sites. Yahoo also has chat, personal broadcast pages, and various regional information.
Return hits for "Slovakia": 147
Return hits for "Slovak": 212
ALTAVISTA is a powerful keyword search engine. It allows you to search on phrases of more than one word if you put the phrase into quotations marks, eg. "health care facilities" or "Bill Gates." Alta Vista has lots of search-refining options. It was considered big and fast and until Google came along, and used to be the favourite of many dedicated web-surfers. Like the other search engines, it is also branching out into directory-like areas, such as health, news and travel.
Return hits for "Slovakia": 2,165,665
Return hits for "Slovak": 577,916
EXCITE is a concept-based search engine. This means it will try to figure out what you mean, instead of just searching on exactly what you say. This gives Excite a great deal of flexibility. Like Infoseek and Yahoo, Excite is now into Web publishing. The Excite site includes an extensive Web directory.
Excite does not tell you how many hits you have found.
LYCOS is big, thorough and comprehensive. Like Excite and many of the original search engines, Lycos has become more of a directory and portal site. Lycos has now joined forces with Hotbot.
Return hits for "Slovakia": 1,328,587
Return hits for "Slovak": 826,322
GOOGLE is one of the newer search engines, and has rapidly become a favourite of searchers who do not want to wade through directories, news, weather and stock quotes just to do a web search. It is thorough and fast. Google's technology considers pages that are frequently linked to from other sites to be more important than pages that have few links from other sites. In other words, if a lot of webmasters consider a site valuable enough to link to it, Google considers that a good reason to justify a high ranking for that site.
You can also search in Slovak with Google's language settings.
Return hits for "Slovakia": 2,440,000
Return hits for "Slovak": 1,250,000
FAST is another relatively new search engine that claims to be faster and more efficient than other search engines. This claim was typically made by everybody in the second half of the 1990's, but FAST seems to be making good on the claim. It boasts the largest catalogue and the most rapid look-up times of any search engine on the Web.
Its advance search options allow for really narrow searches and it is possible to search in a specific language, including Slovak.
Return hits for "Slovakia": 1,333,089
Return hits for "Slovak": 827,871