June 24, 2016

How Search Engines Work And Web Crawlers

search engines

There are basically two types of search engines. The first is by robots called crawlers or spiders.

It is the search engines that finally bring your website to the notice of the prospective customers. Hence it is better to know how these search engines actually work and how they present information to the customer initiating a search.
Search Engines

Search Engines use spiders to index websites. When you submit your website pages to a search engine by completing their required submission page, the search engine spider will index your entire site. A ‘spider’ is an automated program that is run by the search engine system. Spider visits a web site, read the content on the actual site, the site’s Meta tags and also follow the links that the site connects. The spider then returns all that information back to a central depository, where the data is indexed. It will visit each link you have on your website and index those sites as well. Some spiders will only index a certain number of pages on your site, so don’t create a site with 500 pages!

The spider will periodically return to the sites to check for any information that has changed. The frequency with which this happens is determined by the moderators of the search engine.

A spider is almost like a book where it contains the table of contents, the actual content and the links and references for all the websites it finds during its search, and it may index up to a million pages a day.

Example:  Excite, Lycos, AltaVista and Google.

When you ask a search engine to locate information, it is actually searching through the index which it has created and not actually searching the Web. Different search engines produce different rankings because not every search engine uses the same algorithm to search through the indices.

One of the things that a search engine algorithm scans for is the frequency and location of keywords on a web page, but it can also detect artificial keyword stuffing or spamdexing. Then the algorithms analyze the way that pages link to other pages in the Web. By checking how pages link to each other, an engine can both determine what a page is about, if the keywords of the linked pages are similar to the keywords on the original page.

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My name is Terry Phong and am an entrepreneur at heart. My passion is found in my faith, family, and food. My background is in hospitality and worked in the food industry for the past 20+ years. My objective and personal mission statement is "To Live a Life of Service". As a Digital Marketer, I offer various products, marketing solutions and strategies for those who wish to earn an income online. I love the Lord and want to utilize my talents to bring out the best in others for mutual growth and success. If you need help with your website or have a question, please feel free to drop me a line and I promise to get back you promptly ;-) God Bless!

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