List of Search Engines Listed by Types of Searches

Get Your Business Discovered OnlineThis page posting has been updated with the addition of some of the newer search engines. The original search engine page was dealing mainly with B2B and B2C search. However, with today’s broad based Internet activity, and how it relates to various aspects of business usage, personal searches, and even internal intranet enterprise searches, we wanted to highlight some of the different search market segments.

This list of the various search engines, is posted here mainly for research and education purposes. We felt it is nice to be able to reference and have links to some of the different search engines all in one place. While the list below does not cover each and every search engine online, it does provide a broad list of most of the major search companies that are available. Also note that some of the search engine links have been redirected to other sites due to search buyouts, mergers, and acquisitions with other companies, along with changes with the search engines themselves (for example: search companies have changed brand names, different URLs, and links). You will also notice that some of the search websites go back a number of years. If you would like to read more about the details of any particular search engine, take a look at the Wikipedia Search Engines List article, and follow the links to each specific search engine for a descriptive overview. Some of the people search engines are very interesting at gathering information in one place. Find the person, distant relative, classmate, or friend from the past.

Note that each link opens into a new search window.

The best way to compare different search engine results, is to open search engines in multiple tabs in your web browser and quickly reference back to this page.

Major Search Engines

Search in Other Countries

Meta Search Engines

Specialty Search Engines

Business Search Engines

Legal Search Engines

News Search Engines

People Search Engines

Real Estate & Property Search

Multimedia Search

Shopping Search Engines

BitTorrent Search Engines

Job Search Engines

Enterprise Search Engines

Blog Search Engines

Medical and Health Search

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Graphics Software: Xara Designer Pro – Powerful Yet Easy to Use

When it comes to marketing and advertising websites online, and customizing the website designs, here are some pretty cool XARA software programs for handling graphics for all types of Web apps including sales, marketing, and advertising applications. The programs are very useful for adding some creative graphics for various online publishings, website designs, dropdown menus, company brochures, graphics flyers, newsletters, ad creatives, animated GIFs, Flash outputs (without having to know Flash), and export picture file types including: JPEG, TIFF, PNG, .HTML, BMP, PDF, SWF, and all the other file types that you can imagine.

I have been using a number of these products for years, including the Xara Designer Pro software, to quickly and easily customize graphics, images, and creatives for websites, ads, and some cool text designs. The software is extremely easy to use when compared to other graphics software programs such as Photoshop and others. In essence, you don’t have to be a graphic designer in order to use the software. It is very intuitive to use, with instruction videos to go along with the help files.

The Xara Designer Pro version has all the bells and whistles you can imagine. Designer Pro is for both the novice as well as the graphic designer expert to work with. In fact, it is quite fun to use, and will be amazed at what you can do with it. I really suggest taking a test drive today.


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Xara Designer Pro (formerly Xtreme Pro) is our top of the range product and includes all the features and templates of Web Designer and Photo & Graphic Designer. Plus it adds extra features that Pro designers need including support for PDF/X, PANTONE® and color separations, multi-core processor support for extra speed, enhanced import/export filters, a pro version of the photo panorama tool and more.

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Xara Menu Maker

A dedicated tool for creating top quality graphical NavBars with DHTML menus. Simply choose from the collection of professionally designed NavBars, then customize the wording and font, the color and size to exactly suit your site. Add rollovers and DHTML menus with easy one click actions – all the JavaScript and HTML is automatically created for you and optimized for export to the Web. Integrates directly with Macromedia Dreamweaver and Microsoft FrontPage.

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Xara ScreenMaker 3D

A 3D screensaver maker that’s fast, fun and easy to use. Create animated 3D text message screensavers with your own personalized message. Or put any images of your choice onto the sides of a 3D, tumbling cubes . It’s the perfect way to share messages or images with friends, family or colleagues – from family photo screensavers to business screensavers with corporate logos.

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What is SEO? How is Search Engine Optimization Performed?

Let’s take a look at what SEO is, and the finer points about the search engine optimization process in order to have a more complete understanding of how SEO is utilized for websites.
Search Engine Optimization
You just got to love some of those terms that actually make no sense what so ever. Take SEO and SEM for example. By now everyone has at least heard the terms search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM); but what do those terms really mean?

SEO and SEM are 99.9% pure search engine optimization English.

The English language is filled with funny keyword terms that seem to deify logic.

Take for example the person that is a school teacher. Everyone says “she’s a school teacher” but come on really, how many teachers teach a school? Now, since my wife is one of the profession of “teacher,” I have to admit that I have used the wrong term at least on several occasions; that is, until she gave me a school lecture. Oops, I did it again on “school lecture” …

As far as I am concerned, even the online dictionaries get some of the definitions wrong. Here was an online definition for schoolteacher. “One who teaches or instructs a school.” Yeah right. I can see my wife talking to the walls, instructing them to stand straight and tall. ;-) It seems as though many folks are guilty of using Internet search engine terms that are not very clear, or at least not very logical.

So, what really is SEO and SEM all about?

Google has a help area on their website for webmasters that talks about search engine optimization and a search engine optimizer. See: Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The advice Google gives is excellent in regards to describing what a good search engine optimizer should be, along with advice on what to watch out for in the SEO industry.

Many SEOs and other agencies and consultants provide useful services for website owners, including:

* Review of your site content or structure
* Technical advice on website development: for example, hosting, redirects, error pages, use of JavaScript
* Content development
* Management of online business development campaigns
* Keyword research
* SEO training
* Expertise in specific markets and geographies.

While most people involved in SEO refer to the service provided as, search engine optimization, we really should call it Web Site Optimization or Web Page Optimization, or (WSO) and (WPO) respectively. The term search engine marketing, (SEM) typically refers to the pay-per-click type of marketing and advertising promotions, though some use the SEM acronym synonymously with the SEO term.

The heart of the matter of good website optimization is building a site foundation that is search engine friendly, with copywriting which includes industry specific keywords and keyword phrases for the business, and a website that is well written which speaks to your target markets. Many websites are simply way too heavy on the graphics used, and not built with nearly enough of useful written content.

As an owner, president, CEO, Sales and Marketing VP, or business person at your company, one should think of a website, not in terms of something that has to be there, but it should be thought of in terms of what it can do for the company’s brand in strategic ways of increasing online sales, making a significant Internet marketing branded impact with the website, as a strategic Web advertising tool for expanding market reach into both horizontal and vertical markets, as a tool for the sales and marketing staff to provide sales information, published brochures, and for email links to specific keyword targeted areas on the website, and as a customer service area for supporting frequently asked questions and/or other supporting documentation.

Internet Marketing StandoutBuilding a search engine friendly website requires more than just going in on a one time basis and optimizing the keywords for a particular business. This is only a small fraction of the work that is involved with the site. Addition items of importance are to continually seek out quality links (though if quality content is written, the quality links will come), do ongoing online market research, reading information pertaining to various market segments is certainly a requirement for developing quality content, copywriting, technical writing, and ongoing copy editing is also necessary in order to build a strong online foundation and brand image.

Today’s online market place requires SEOs to have intimate knowledge of an organization, strategic communications with executives, communication with sales and marketing personnel, and even coordination with IT departments. The SEO process also involves strategic marketing and advertising practices, good copywriting skills, and most importantly an SEO needs to have good business ethics.

Speaking of ethics, when it comes to your website, do be extra careful on who you hire to do your website optimization. Optimizing a website with hidden and underhanded tactics, can and has booted websites out of the search engine results all together. Imagine your business website not showing up online at all, not even when searching for your company’s name. Remember, the content of a B2B or B2C website (most business websites are in one of these two categories) is the intellectual property of the business owner, if you are the small business owner, or entrepreneur, or owned by the corporation in the case of larger companies. Would you let just anyone mess with your intellectual property?

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Professional Web ServicesGood Internet marketing strategies and best practices website promotion have a number of important items to consider. Begin with good website development, with a good foundation, and implement ethical search engine optimization “SEO” procedures. Then it is wise to consider online advertising strategies and enhanced web branding solutions, which will bring your business more: visitors, buyers, consumers, engineers, online shoppers, and ultimately — paying customers through the website portal. This entire online marketing process will propel your website to making a bigger impact in the top three search engines: Google Search, Yahoo Search, and Microsoft Bing Search for relevant keywords and keyword phrases for your targeted market segments.

Good SEO practices and Internet marketing strategies will pay substantial dividends for your business down the line. In essence, what you do now with your website to improve the results, will reap sales and financial rewards in the future. A website can become the solid foundation that your company needs online. Don’t take SEO and Internet marketing lightly.

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Micro Contacts IC Test Sockets

Formed Micro Bump Contacts

The world of miniature contacts is quite amazing. Pictured above is a special test socket with formed micro contact bumps that are .005 inch (0.127mm) in diameter. There are quite a number of processes used in creating this miniature structure involving photo chemical machining and miniature “bump forming techniques” (for lack of a better word).

Micro Test Socket To give everyone a concept of how small these micro bumps really are, the picture on the left is the actual size (not a thumbnail image) of the test socket. Simply amazing how small things are getting. Many of these types of devices are used in products for the military, aerospace, communications, and a host of other high tech industries. Photos courtesy of E-FAB.

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Cool Signature Blocks For Emails in Gmail

Get Your Business Discovered OnlineIf you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you get Firefox. As far as I am concerned, Firefox and Gmail go hand in hand.

I have had many folks ask me, how can I make a nice signature block, with a picture, and some other HTML links to be automatically added to my Gmail signature block?

First off, prior to an update feature set for Gmail (read on), Gmail provided a fairly rudimentary signature block that could be selected and customized somewhat from the settings page. However, it was limited to placing a url of the type www.pwebs.net or using the following type of http://jimwarholic.com plain link in the email with a name, phone number, address, or whatever you would like to say at the closure of your emails. The signature block with the plain links become automatic hyperlinks when it was added to the email, and the email was sent out. Google Gmail was updated in 2010 [this posting updated on 3/7/2011]: Gmail now provides a means to have full HTML email signature blocks for each specific email address you are using in your account, though at the moment it is one signature block to one email account. If you want to have more than one, then you can use the Firefox addon (see below) to provide more than one signature block for each email account.

If you want to add pictures, with HTML links or link text, also called anchor text, link labels, or link titles (the visible hyperlinked text) such as: Internet Marketing Services, use the signature block Mail settings feature, general tab, and scroll down to the signature setting in Gmail or install a Firefox addon. Firefox addons are simply little custom made, free programs, that are installed on top of the basic Firefox installation software package. In fact, there are thousands of addons available for download at the Mozilla Firefox website. If you don’t have Firefox, download Firefox for your PC, Apple, or Linux computer and then you can customize the Firefox application any way you like by downloading additional addons.

The addon that I have been using recently for Gmail signature blocks is called: Blank Canvas Gmail Signatures. Blank Canvas Gmail Signatures add-on allows you to customize multiple signatures and automatically add them to your Gmail emails below or above quoted text.

To install, go to the Firefox add-on page for Blank Canvas Gmail Signatures and click the “Add to Firefox” button. Once you do that, then you will have to relaunch Firefox, and the Signatures menu will appear when you go to write an email in the Gmail application. The first time you use it, you will need to customize your signature. You can have a number of different signatures, depending on what you are doing, or who your target audience is. Once the signature blocks are customized, Blank Canvas then “automatically inserts HTML signatures into your Gmail messages based on which address you are sending from. Maintain up to four signatures per address.”

I’ve created several different signatures, depending on how I feel the email should be signed off. Here are some examples of signature blocks I have created.

I call this signature block, my business S&M strategies.

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Internet Marketing Services SEO Strategies

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Jim Warholic

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www.pwebs.net

My phone number in the email.

This signature block is my SEO Internet marketing services.

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Internet Marketing Services SEO Strategies

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Jim Warholic

Professional Web Services, Inc.

www.pwebs.net

My phone number is in the email version.


Then this signature block is My Girl – Deal or No Deal!

Get Your Website Discovered Online 

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Go To Professional Web Services

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Jim Warholic

Professional Web Services, Inc.

www.pwebs.net

My phone number is listed here in the emails.

So, as you can see, you can have a little fun with your email signature blocks too.

If you don’t know how to write html code, don’t fret, there are free online html editors, using a “what you see is what you get,” WYSIWYG mode, that can be easily used to create a cool looking signature block with not having to know any html coding. Simply type what you want, grab a picture from your website, insert the image using a button, and lay it out the way you want. I suggest you use an image online, published at your website, or one that you have uploaded to an image hosting service that allows “hot linking” such as Photobucket, and embed the image using the image button in the WYSIWG html editor. Once you get the layout the way you like it, then go to the code mode and copy the html code into your Blank Canvas Gmail Signature create button, and save it in the default or several other selectable signatures. Then when you write an email with your Gmail account, it will automatically be added if it is the default or you can select the other ones if you desire.

This can be a very very powerful sales and marketing tool to use for your business. Get your sales people to send signature blocks with more information about your company links. Just a suggestion, it is probably wise to not go overboard with too many links or pictures in the signature block area.

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SEO Sticky Black And White Uppercase Words

Questions asked:

Is it best to use the color black in creating the home page. . or is it alright to use gold or purple for the search engines?

Is it better to make a lot of uppercase words?

When making a site ‘sticky’ does that apply for the most part to the Home Page?

Let me answer your second question first about using all UPPERCASE words.

If you are going to use all uppercase words, do it in extreme moderation. All uppercase words looks like shouting to most people, and in my opinion the search algorithms tend to categorize all uppercase words as shouting too. What I am saying, is the engineers at Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft Search are always tweaking the algorithms to get the best search results possible. They don’t want search results pages that look like they are shouting at people either. Now, that doesn’t mean that the search results pages are not going to pick up any (all uppercase) pages in the search results, it is just a guideline to think about when you are designing your website and performing SEO Best Practices.

Try to use good writing techniques in all your published writing on the Web. I am of a strong opinion, that the search algorithms are actually being engineered to analyze writing styles, proper writing syntax, and text semantics. If you write and publish on your website using good sentence structures, then the search algorithms will tend to give your website higher marks. It’s just like a writing rubric grading system at school, but this grading system is truly color blind to unjust prejudice.

Don’t fret if you are not a literary genius, or have a tendency to misspell words, or have other dyslexic writing tendencies. Use web browsers that have automatic spell checkers, like Firefox, or write using Microsoft Word or equivalent word processors, and have these programs do automatic spell checks and syntax checks for you. If you want additional writing help, there are automatic programs such as WhiteSmoke that will help analyze, proofread, spell check, and edit your text to make it much more palatable to your visitors and the search engines too. The WhiteSmoke writing program has various writing modules available for help with general, business, creative, Hi-Tech, Bio-Tech, and executive writing styles. In addition, it is wise to have others check your published works. Don’t take constructive criticism personally, and continue learning from mistakes. The best way to improve your writing skills is with practice; there is no other way.

What color should I make the home page for the search engines?

I’m convinced that color schemes in the website pages are not so much as an important factor for the search engines, as it is for your readers, and people that are likely to link to your website in the future. It you have body text, that is not hidden in the page, the search engines can read it regardless of what color your page is. An important point here is, don’t make your body text hidden by doing some form of Blackhat SEO tactics. The search engine algorithms are getting much more sophisticated, and will likely give your website a search ranking penalty if you use Blackhat SEO tactics. You however do need to make the page easy to read for your online readers. Typically white on black is harder to read than dark on light colors. Once again this is just a guideline. I have used both at various times. If I have a lot to say, and I expect my readers to be able to spend a lot of time on the website, then I would make the pages as easy to read as possible. If I have a little bit to say, and I want to use a little bit more creative license in my web designs, then experiment with other color schemes.

For example: My Backflag site that I use for Internet shorts, is light on dark backgrounds which in my opinion is harder to read. On the other hand, my According to Jim site is mostly dark on light backgrounds, for easier in-depth reading. See Marketing-101 for an overview.

Now, if you look closely, you will see that I actually use both, dark on light, and light on dark backgrounds, at www.jimwarholic.com. The header area is a dark background and the body is a light background.

Does making a site “sticky” apply, for the most part, to the Home Page?

The term “sticky” generally refers to the ability of a website to capture the attention of a reader in order to draw that reader back to your website, and the ability to empower your reader to interact with the site by having them explore the website pages and read more content. How well you do this through out the website will determine how sticky your website is. Different types of websites have different degrees of stickiness. As far as how sticky your Home Page should be is concerned, it all depends on what you intend to do with the site in the first place. In my opinion, the Home Page should be an overview guide about your website. If someone comes to your website the first time through the Home Page, and you have very little information, they will have no idea what it really is about.

The example you gave, about the “Company of Winners” books is an example of an overview Home Page. This one is a graphic, which generally speaking, an all graphic home page is not the best from a search engine optimization perspective to be search engine friendly, but it does however show the point I am trying to make about the home page being an overview guide.

Hope that helps you.

Best regards,

Jim

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Spice Up Your Email World With a New Theme on Gmail

With Gmail, your choices are cool and the themes are very cool.

Google came out with Gmail themes for customizing the look of your Gmail account. Check out the Official Google Gmail blog article: Spice up your inbox with colors and themes.

I use a different theme to help me keep track of the Gmail account I am on. I color code the Gmail accounts for different customer’s Gmail accounts.

Take a look at this feature and all the themes that are available. I’m sure you will find one that you will like. My wife found her favorite. And since I couldn’t make up my mind which one I liked the best, I reverted to using a classic style for one and some hip-hop styles for others.

Have a little fun. Put some creativity into your life. You never know what might spur a new creative marketing thought in the brain.

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Jim

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Google is Your Website Home Page

Most people in the business world don’t have a clue that their home page of their website is not really their home page at all. The home page of a website is Google.

G Marketing Your CompanyLet me explain that statement and expand on the Google Home page premise for your website. The majority of people that find your business online for the first time probably are looking in one of two ways. One way is they find your business online through an online directory with a small snippet of information about your website, or they go to Google Search and type a keyword search term that hopefully your business is showing up for that particular term for which the keyword is related to your company’s products sold or the services provided by your company. The person first reads an online snippet of information on the Google Search results page, and this effectively, or for many businesses the case may be — ineffectively tells about a particular business page or website. Businesses sometimes spend thousands of dollars with graphic designers to design a beautiful website, and think wow that looks great! But as is the case the majority of the time, very little thought went into the sales and marketing presentation from the Google Search home page perspective. Words are key for search branding, and not necessarily the words displayed in a graphic image format, but the actual body text written in the web site.

How boring the graphic designers say. “You mean I can’t have the pretty font, that sweeps up on the tips of the letters? You mean I have to worry about people resizing the body text in the browser? You mean I can’t build an all Flash website and force people to read the text in small print? But I’m a graphic artist, and this is how it looks the best. I can’t let people mess with perfection!,” exclaimed the graphic designer.

Well folks, let me tell you the truth. You can spend thousands of dollars on a B2B or B2C website design and get very few buyers or consumers, let alone Web site visitors, because you broke the number one cardinal rule for website design online. You did not make the decision to go with a search engine friendly website design. Anyone in business that takes this extreme view of thinking that the graphic design for a website is the most important aspect for a website, is cutting their business throat from a search perspective. There needs to be a balance between graphic design and search engine friendliness.

While the search perspective is certainly key for the sales and marketing aspect of the business’s success, there is another very important brand image implication that must be taken into account too. In fact, the brand image may be one of the most important aspects to long term online and offline success for your business. Brand awareness is the process of when people start recognizing your business as you. This can be both good or bad, depending on your brand image; but having the brand association of customers and potential customers recognizing your products or services as provided by your business, are keys to implementing long term sales and marketing strategies for sustainable business growth.

The process of building up a quality brand image online begins with the website structure and the words used throughout. This means not only the words of the text seen, but also the words in the Titles and Description tags of your website HTML coding. The foundation of the website doesn’t stop there. The pictures you use, how you name them, and even the Alt tags (Picture Description Tags) are keys to your brand image online. Many of the tags are seen only by the search engine robots. These robots record the underlying information and assign a value to each particular foundation item. Note: These items are only a small fraction of what needs to be taken into account when designing the website and expanding upon what has already been established, in the case of an older website.

Good Internet Marketing Means Not Walking Away From Your Website Design

Don’t think that you can put a website together and then walk away from it after you are finished with the design. First off, a website is never finished. You might think it is, but believe me when I tell you that it should always be in a state of improvement. It’s not like you have a Pablo Picasso masterpiece hung up in a art museum and all you need to do is sign your name at the bottom, and say, “I have a masterpiece, now come and see it for yourself.” No no, that is the wrong marketing attitude. Online marketing and the website itself is all about the art of revision. Revision of both the writing and the foundation of the website needs to be an ongoing work of art. Everything from the brand images displayed to the words used behind the front page scenes needs to be taken into account for properly developing the total online brand image.

When a business understands the interaction between marketing, advertising, and branding online, and develops their website taking into account all aspects; then your business will start to see much more success and sales online.

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Creating Gmail Email Filters in Your Email

Google Gmail group adopts one of my suggestions.

I don’t claim to be the only one that has suggested the following, but I see that Google has added another Gmail menu item when creating a filter.

First off, filters are very powerful automatically executed items that can be created by users that allows the user to automatically do things to specific emails that arrive to the inbox such as: add labels, archive emails, forward emails, and other actions.

Choose action – Now, select the action you’d like to take on messages that match the criteria you specified. When a message arrives that matches the search: from:(), do the following:

  • Skip the Inbox (Archive it)
  • Mark as read
  • Star it
  • Apply the label:
  • Forward it to:
  • Delete it
  • Never send it to Spam
  • Also apply filter to 62 conversations below

Now, the specific item that was recently added was a filter that never sends it to Spam.

You might be wondering, why in the world would you never want something to go to spam. Well, part of the spam monitoring algorithms sometimes segregate certain emails from online formmails as spam. If you are forwarding a formmail to your Gmail email box, these have a habit of sometimes landing in the Spam folder because it looks like gibberish at various sections of the email and may not look exactly like a proper email from the online formmail form. Because an email address sometimes ended up in the spam section, you had to constantly check the spam box to make sure you did not receive an important email. By creating a filter from a certain email location, you can now specify that those emails will always show up in your inbox.

To create an email filter, simply click the link near the top of Gmail, “Create a filter” and follow the instructions: “Choose search criteria. Specify the criteria you’d like to use for determining what to do with a message as it arrives. Use “Test Search” to see which messages would have been filtered using these criteria.” You can specify keywords to include, keywords to exclude, subjects, from or to email addresses, and attachments as the starting criteria for the next step. The next step is doing an action. Skip the Inbox (Archive it), Mark as read, Star it, Apply the label:, Forward it to:, Delete it, Never send it to Spam, and Also apply filter to (number of) conversations below.

For example, if you receive emails from family members or even a specific family member such as a brother or sister, and would like to apply the label “Jim” to emails from Jim automatically, use the from: Jim’s email address, and automatically apply the label “Jim” to new emails that arrive, and also apply the label “Jim” to past emails from Jim too. Now, when an email arrives from Jim, you will see the label “Jim” added also. Note: This however, is only half the filter I really want. If I also want to automatically apply the label “Jim” when I write an email to Jim, I need to create a second filter that applies the label “Jim” when I send an email to Jim’s email address. Now, when you click on the label “Jim” you will see all emails to and from Jim for quick reference. Additionally you can even color code your labels by clicking the little square box right next to the label area on the side and add a specific color to various labels for quick reference. By-the-way, you can automatically execute more than one filter item and provide multiple labels to any email.

Another way of using filters, is with your cell phone number, text messaging, and or pager notification. You can automatically have an alert send a message to your cell phone when a certain email arrives from a specific location. This in essence forwards the email to your cell phone text messaging area. Note: All cell phones and pagers have their own email addresses that are specific to the cell phone or pager number. See Gmail Cell Phone and Pager Notification for more information on this process. Try this feature out. It’s pretty cool.

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