Leah Zitter

Leah Zitter

Deep Web: How to Get Steady Customers Fast and Free

PurelySocialMedia.com | February 15th, 2016 | [https://purelysocial.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/deep-web-how-to-get-steady-customers-fast-and-free/]

Three years ago, I used the Deep Web to promote my website that offers hidden jobs for freelancers. As far as I know, I was and remain the first person to do so. I invested three hours a week using Deep Web engines. In that first month, I gathered 375 visitors.

The Deep Web

The Deep Web is all those sites that are hidden from search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DogPile. Regular search engines can only retrieve information from pages that are accessible to it or that are large enough to be discovered. But there are many other groups on sites such as Twitter, Behance, Ryze, forums, password-protected business sites, Tumblr, Reditt, or up-and-coming blogs that are inaccessible because they are too small, password-secured, or not registered with search engines.

The science journal Nature notes that Google only indexes 16 percent of the surface Web and misses all of the Deep Web. This means that about 3000 out of 1 web pages are hidden from engines. Think of the ocean and the hiddenness below. The ocean is your worldwide web. Underneath is you’re deep or invisible web. This is where your clients chat. I sought tools that could probe this hiddenness so that I could connect with them.

Why I used the Deep Web

Part of the reason I turned to the Deep Web was because I was looking for alternate ways to conduct free surveys. I also wanted to probe my targeted person’s subconscious needs. I wanted to connect with them in as real a way as I could and show them I could help them. For that to occur, writing articles was insufficient. I wanted to talk with them; to capture their words for help so that I could refer them to my service. Along the way I sought their opinion. The engines that probe the deep web helped me do this. They helped me make some of my posts viral.


I spent months tracking down alternative engines. Engines dip in and out within a few months so often that I wrote a few articles on MetaSearch.org only to have it dip under within months of publication. I read books on the deep web such as The Invisible Web by Chris Sherman and kept up-to-date with events on the Deep Web via researchbuzz.me. I probed and used some of the methods of certain HR recruiters who had devised their own systems for spooning out hidden opportunities (albeit of their own niche).

As a research scientist, with an advanced degree in logic and training in SEO and SEM I fiddled with combinations of different keywords running different search words for a few months to see which were most popular. I ended with a handful that I still use.

These were the top nine search engines that I ended up using most of the time.

Deep Web Engines: Top 3 for Forums and Groups

Boardreader — You’ll want to use the ‘Advanced Search’ to help you make the most of this site. Few engines need as exact keywords as this does. Surprisingly, I found the Imbd option helpful.

Omgili —‘Oh My Gosh I Like It’ really does help you find communities, message boards, and discussion threads on any topic. Type in your key words (I used ‘looking for freelance _’) and access Discussion Posts or Blog Posts. You may find News Articles helpful.

Webring- Find people and groups who share your interest. Its small (because its relatively new) but its members are more earnest than on FaceBook and you can engage with them at greater length than you can on Twitter.

Deep Web Engines: Top 3 for Social Media

Socialbearing.com — This engine helps you drill Twitter. It is excellent for tracking real-time conversations.

Twazzup.com— This is a new all-in-one Twitter search engine. Twitter has other search engines that you can use such as OneRiot and Louis Gray, but the helpful thing about Twazzup is that you can type in whatever interests you and Twitter returns all — noise and all.

Smashfuse.com - Terrific. Smashfuse travels FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Flickr among others. It is also fast. Minuses: It lacks advanced options. (I add date or country to the keyword or I simply use general keywords. The latter option is probably best).

Deep Web Engines: Top 2 for Blogs

Blogsearchengine.org — This engine swims through stumbleupon and delicious. Minus: It lacks advanced options.

MeltwaterIceRocket.com — This is one of the most powerful blog search engines. It searches blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and sites on the worldwide web. I use the advanced search options to type in certain words such as ‘ paying submissions’, the date (‘today only’) and tag — which searches for words in the post. Example [tag: writer telecommutes].

Deep Web Engines: Top 3 for General Marketing

Dotmos.com — It helps you dig news in your field that you may less likely see on the common search engines. I use it for real-time conversation and for creating content.

Gigablast — Gigablast is an open source engine. You’ll find its advanced search options below the blue border of its title. I sometimes also use ‘Ixquick’.

Tiptop Insight Engine— This engine captures news. If you’re savvy with your keywords, it can help you capture real-time conversations. The engine needs permission from Twitter to grant you access but it digs up from pages that are well beyond Twitter.