For 2013, it is important to tap into the rich resources existing in the Deep Web. The last time an extensive study was completed estimating the size of the Deep Web was in a 2001 study – a time when the internet consisted of only approximately three million different domains. The 2001 study revealed that at that time the Deep Web was approximately 400-500 times the size of the Surface Web.
Today’s internet is significantly bigger with an estimated 555 million domains, each containing thousands or millions of unique webpages. As the web continues to grow, so too will the Deep Web and the value attained from Deep Web content. This blog post includes:
- What the Deep Web is
- Why you should care about the Deep Web
- How to harvest the data from the Deep Web
- Why regular search engines can’t reach the Deep Web
We are starting a 2012 Top 5 Post Countdown featuring BrightPlanet’s most popular Deep Web University content from 2012. Let’s start with top post #5: Deep Web Harvest Engines vs. Web Harvest Engines – Finding Intel in a Growing Internet. This post from November 16 explains the differences between using popular search engines, like Google, and using Deep Web harvest engines to find critical intelligence on the Web.
The 2012 Top 5 Post Countdown will run now through the end of the year; so come back to see which posts made the top 4.
Everyone and their mom knows how to “Google” stuff. The search engine long ago became a verb meaning the act of instantly finding answers on the Internet. Type your keyword in the search box (this technique doesn’t work as well) and BOOM! Millions of answers at your fingertips.
People across the business, government, and healthcare landscapes keep asking , “Is your technology like a Deep Web search engine?” BrightPlanet’s response is, “We are not Google. We are not a search engine, we are a Deep Web Harvest Engine.”