Remember, Yahoo! is NOT a search engine; it is a directory. Because it does not have a spider, if you
don't submit your site to Yahoo!, it will NEVER get listed. It is the most popular and largest
searching service. To get listed, you must search through their site for the category that most
closely fits the topic of your site, then submit to that category.
Alta Vista is the upscale search engine. It frowns upon all spamming techniques, repeated submissions,
doorway pages, pages of low information value, and meta tags with unrelated keywords. It strives to
contain a high value index.
As a medium-sized index, Excite likes sites dedicated to one topic. To Excite, this means no unrelated
information to wade through. Excite disregards ALT text and comment tags, but relies heavily on
Lycos will allow you to add multiple pages of your site, but if the pages are too similar in content,
it is disregarded as spam. A problem for dynamic web sites, Lycos cannot handle web sites which are
database driven. Any URL with an & or % sign cannot be included in the index. Also, Lycos cannot
handle frames, so make sure your coding contains a <NOFRAMES> section.
HotBot is not a deep crawling spider, so be sure to submit multiple lower level pages of your site.
It cannot handle frames or images maps. Unlike other search engines, it allows comment tags, but not
ALT text. The title of the page is crucial; be sure to put RELEVANT keywords in there. Meta tags are
WebCrawler is the smallest and one of the oldest search engines. It screens newly submitted sites for
spamming and immediately disregards any sites which spam. WebCrawler does not support frames or image
maps, but does support meta tags. Relevant titles and content are crucial.
For Infoseek, do not overuse keywords. Nonrelevant content, invisible text, and doorway pages are also
frowned upon. It also does not index sites from certain URLs, such as the large Geocities URL.
Northern Light is not only a fairly large collection of indexed sites, but also has a feature that
other search engines do not have. This feature is access to special documents. Anyone can search
through these thousands of documents, but you cannot view them without paying a charge.
To use most search engines, you must search for specific keywords. Ask Jeeves is human-powered so
instead of typing in keywords, you can ask a question. Ask Jeeves will then give you sites that it
feels will answer your question.
Google is a fairly new search engine. The main difference between Google and other search engines is
that Google uses link popularity extensively. This link popularity essentially is a vote of all
visitors of that website. The reason it is so popular is because individuals go to that site often.
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