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Easily Search the Deep Web to Find What You Want
By Ada Ivanova 26th Mar 2017
Here are some good suggestions for finding things that don’t show up in
Google. It explains that the Deep Web and the Dark Web aren’t the same
thing, provides a link to a list of Deep Web search engines, and other
including using a different search engine than Google. Personally, I rarely
use Google Search as I prefer to use search engines with more privacy.
and Start Page
are two good ones and can be set as your default search engines quite
easily – usually through the Settings or Privacy areas in whatever browser
If you can’t find it with Google , then it doesn’t exist at all? As great
as Google is in locating info online, the truth is that with it, you can
find only a small portion of the info that exists the world. Google indexes
billions of pages,
but there are hundreds, if not thousands, of other pages that for one
reason or another are not present in its index. These pages are hidden in
the debris of the Deep Web, and chances are you will be able to find them if
know how to search.
The Deep or the Dark Web?
When I speak about pages not indexed by Google , maybe your first idea is
about the Dark Web . While the Dark Web, also called Darknet , fits the
description of sites/pages not indexed by Google, the Dark Web and the Deep
Web are not the same thing.
An example of a Deep Web page is a closed group on Facebook. Since the page
is accessible after a login only, and Googlebot can’t log in to access it,
the page is not indexed. However, when you log in to this group, you can
the page. Similarly, if the page requires payment to gain access, Googlebot
can’t index it, but you can view it after you pay.
No-follow or broken links, or dynamic pages generated on the go after a
search query from a user, also stop search engines from indexing pages, but
you as a human can access this information. Info in the form of an
image/video or other formats search engines don’t understand but humans do
is another example of Deep Web content. These pages are accessible with a
simple browser, and generally they use the http (or https) protocols.
On the other hand, the Dark Web uses a different routing protocol with
built-in encryption. Two popular protocols are TOR and I2P. The Dark Web
contains lots of illegal resources, too, and search engines by no means will
index these, even if they could.
Now, after I explained the difference between the Deep and the Dark Web ,
let’s see what you can do to find stuff in the Deep Web.
1. Try Other Search Engines
Sometimes a page is not accessible by Google (for one reason or another) but
is indexed by other search engines. Technically speaking, in this case the
page isn’t in the Deep Web (because it’s accessible via a search engine),
for anybody whose search starts and ends with Google, the page is not
there. If you get in the habit of occasionally using other search engines,
such as DuckDuckGo, a local search engine, or even Bing, in addition to
Google , you
might be surprised by the amount of good stuff you can find with them.
2. Find the Main Page with Google and Go on Your Own
In other cases Google has the main page of a site only. This happens with
sites that require login or payment or that have no-follow links Google
didn’t index. If this is the case , it’s easy – find the main page with
Google , and
then explore the site on your own. If the site has a search functionality,
your task is even simpler.
3. Try Google Books or Go to a Library
For scholarly information, try Google Books . If you know a document
exists, but you can’t find it with Google Books, you can go to a library,
especially an academic one. Many libraries at colleges and universities
paid databases, and chances are you will be able to use these, maybe even
4. Try the Deep Web Search Engines
As surprising as it sounds, the Deep Web has search engines of its own. In
many aspects, such as user interface or functionality, these search engines
are light years behind Google, but don’t judge a book by its cover.
It might be a bit harder to find stuff in the Deep Web, but if you are
looking for highly specialized stuff, you might have more luck there than
with general search engines.