Getting listed in Search Engines

Is it correct that in order for people to pull up your website in a Search Engine that your website needs to be “indexed”?

(I’m not interested in SEO, but do want people who search for our website to be able to pull it up in Google, Yahoo, etc.)

Thanks,

TomTees

It has to be “indexed” by the search engine.

What happens is that the search engine ‘spiders’ follow links randomly all over the place, hunting out new sites and new pages. Every time they find a new one, they add it to their index. Once that’s done, they set to working out what the page is about, how important it is (ie popular, authoritative), what search terms it is relevant for, etc.

All that happens automatically, unless you have specifically blocked the search engines from your website or told them not to index it … if there are links to your site from any other website (not counting those on websites that are themselves de-listed or where the links are marked as “nofollow”), the search engines will in time find your site and index it … you don’t need to do anything.

There are ways you can speed up and steer the indexing process - read the sticky threads on this forum for more information about those.

Well, my web host offer a way to speed it up for like $30.

My big question, “How much does the 1.) Content, 2.) Amount of Content, or 3.) Design of the website affect how quickly your site gets indexed?”

For instance, if I had a website that was one page but that had relevant content to my website, would that get indexed slower than a website that had 20 pages of content which are relevant to the website?

Hopefully that makes sense?!

TomTees

Not necessary , anyone can search your website with your company name but make sure that there should not be no follow link. For this you do t need to optimize your website.

If I had a website with one page, I would hope that the content was relevant to the website … so I don’t really understand the second paragraph there.

The visual design is unlikely to make any difference. What will have an impact is the structure of the site. If the headings and content are properly marked up with the right elements then this will help search engines to understand and index your site more quickly. A single page is likely to be indexed more quickly than all 20 pages of a 20-page site, but not necessarily quicker than the home page of a 20-page site.

In terms of the amount of content - include whatever amount of content is appropriate for your readers. Write for people, not for search engines. The more you try to shape your content to appeal to search engines, the less it will appeal to people.

Probably just a type-o there.

I was asking if a 20-page website would attract spiders and thus be indexed quicker than a website with just one page. (In both cases, it is assumed that they had content that matched the page title, and markup.)

The visual design is unlikely to make any difference. What will have an impact is the structure of the site. If the headings and content are properly marked up with the right elements then this will help search engines to understand and index your site more quickly. A single page is likely to be indexed more quickly than all 20 pages of a 20-page site, but not necessarily quicker than the home page of a 20-page site.

As stated above, I am more concerned about the spiders finding me. (I have known people where it took them 3 MONTHS before the were indexed?!) :eek:

In terms of the amount of content - include whatever amount of content is appropriate for your readers. Write for people, not for search engines. The more you try to shape your content to appeal to search engines, the less it will appeal to people.

Well, of course, but I also want to do things that will get me indexed and thus listed as quick as possible.

Maybe my concerns only apply to be ranked high, but I just figured that if you don’t have 1.) A lot of content, 2.) Good content, and 3.) Content that is marked up properly, then it’ll take forever to be indexed.

Make more sense what I’m asking and where I am confused?

Thanks,

TomTees

Usually more content increases ranking. If a spider crawls your site, it crawls your site and indexes it, doesn’t matter how much content you have.

The fastest way to get it indexed is to submit it to Google Webmaster. It’s very easy, just put a file on your server. Usually within a day or two.

And of course make sure your site has text.