Search Multiple Sites Simultaneously
The newly updated version of SearchBoth.com currently offers nine different multiple search categories. The top category is "compare search engines," which allows you to conduct searches using any two at the same time from Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask, DogPile, MetaCrawler, AltaVista, LookSmart, and WebSearch. You can preselect if you want to do a search for Web pages, images, videos, news, or more. A results page opens with the search results from the two sites on each side of a split screen.
| An example of a search of Google and Yahoo!|
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The "compare shopping sites" category uses DiscountMore.com as its search engine--you will need to be a DiscountMore.com member (it's free) in order to see your search results. Just type in the name of the product you are looking for and a search window opens showing results from a wide variety of vendors. For instance, our search for the "Garmin Nuvi 265w" queried 28 different online sources, such as eBay, Amazon, Buy.com, OverStock.com, Wal-Mart, and Costco. The results were sometimes off the mark, however; for instance, eDealInfo.com instead listed a number of Dell and HP desktop systems.
The "compare apartment rental sites" category works similar to the "search travel sites" category--and since the apartment rentals search worked for us, it gives us an idea of how the travel sites search is supposed to work. Apartment rental search uses RentCompare.com as its search engine. You will need to sign up as a (free) member of RentCompare.com in order to use this search (note that you can use the same login credentials for SearchBoth.com, YellowPages.Travel, DiscountMore.com, and Andwers.travel). To search for apartment rentals you input the city name or zip code, the state, the radius, any relevant keywords, the price range you are willing to pay, and the number of bedrooms you are looking for. Unfortunately, you are not presented with a comprehensive list of results, as you are with the search engines or shopping sites searches. Instead, you are presented with a page from which you can then click on links of the individual rental sites to see the results for that site. When we searched for an apartment in Philadelphia, we were presented with a page that included links for 17 different sites, including apartments.com, Rent.com, Rentals.com, and craiglist. Clicking on any one of these links took us to the specific search results on that particular apartment rental site.
We like the concept of consolidating search results from multiple sites into a single search, but we were less than impressed at how SearchBoth executes these searches for anything other than for search engines. If SearchBoth can clean things up and get the searches to work more seamlessly, they might have a winner on their hands. If you decide to check out SearchBoth, note that 15-percent of SearchBoth's net proceeds are donated to charitable causes.