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Have the Search Engines Found Your Website?
 
 
 
Statistics show that more than 85% of internet users find web sites with the help of the search engines. Therefore, it is important and crucial to make sure that your website has been visited and indexed by main search engines. It is quite similar to have a new book (your new site) in a library (Internet), without an indexing card or indexed in the libray computer system (indexed by engines), the book (your site) will probably be not found by most of library visitors (internet users).

 
 
This article introduces you the ways to find out if the search engines know your web site and what the search engines know about your web site. Let's focus on Google, Yahoo, MSN search engines only since they are the major search engines in today's marketplace, and a new site will be highly possible to be found by one of them or all first.

 
 
1. Search engine awareness check:
 
Go to the Google , Yahoo or MSN website and type in your website's URL, www.yourdomainname.com, in the search box and do the search by clicking the Search buttom. The search results should appear in less than a second.
What the research results tell you:

 
 
  • If your website's domain name or URL is listed in the search results, your site has been indexed.
  • If just the domain name or URL is listed, it tells you that your site has been indexed but not crawled by the search engine spider.
  • If your domain name (or your web site title) and several lines of descriptive text (the description of the site content) indicate the website has been crawled by the search engine spider to determine the website's content.
 
 
2. Indexed pages check
 
 
Go to the Google , Yahoo or MSN website and type in site:www.yourdomainname.com in the search box and do the search by clicking the Search buttom.
What the research results tell you:
 
 
  • It is a list of the pages of your website indexed by the queried search engine. At the top right of the search results screen shows ' Results X - Y of about Z from www. yourdomainname.com for ' . The value for Z indicates the total number of pages indexed by the queried search engine for your website.
  • From the list, you can identify which pagehas beed indexed and you may consider some actions on the non-yet-indexed pages in your site.
Keep in mind that it takes a while for a search engine to find a new page, and also that the spider, also called the crawler or bot (for robot) visits a web page, reads it, and then follows links to other pages within the site.

 
 
3. Inbounds link check
 
 
You may have heard or participated in "link exchage" or "reciprocal link exchage" to improve the search engine ranking for your website. It is important to do so because the number of inbound links is a very important factor in the ranking algorithms of the major search engines. There are many softwares on the internet for you to check the inbound links, however using particular search engine to do the job is more important, the reason is quite straightforward, only those inbound links found by the search engine will be counted in its ranking calculation. The commands is:

 
 

Go to the Google , Yahoo or MSN website and type in your website's URL, linkdomain:www.yourdomainname.com, in the search box and do the search by clicking the Search buttom.
What the research results tell you:

 
 
  • It is a list of websites that have a link to your website.

The results from Google and MSN search engines will list all the inbound links from other website only, but Yahoo will list inbound links from other websites as well as links within your website.

Some articles said to use a different comand on Yahoo such as "linkdomain:www.yourdomainname.com site:www.yourdomainname.com" to exclude the links from your own website, but I found no difference on my computer.

 
 
It is quite normal if you found a different result from different engines. Recently, Google began displaying limited or no results from the 'link' command. The general conclusion from the search engine optimization community was that Google felt disclosing the link information might possibly share too much information regarding their ranking algorithm and its impact on a specific website.

 
 
From these three simple checks you should be able to find out your website visibility to the thr top search engines and possile visibility to most of internet users. Proper actions must be taken if you are disappointed or not satisfied by the findings or you hope to increase the visibility of your website to internet users. How to do it? Follow the tips to promote your website in the article listed below.

 
 
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