A brief description
of what a Search Engine is.
a Search Engine?
A search engine is software that scours the Internet
collecting data about every web site and every web page within
a web page that it can. Each link that is encountered along
the way is added to a list of pages to be scanned. This type
of software has a lot of different names like a bot, a robot,
a crawler or a spider. It takes all this collected data and
stores it in a huge database. When you do a search on a "search
engine" you are actually searching its database and not the
actual Internet. Like many terms used on the Internet and computers
in general this term is often misused and abused. For the sake
of our discussion here we'll call the "Search Engine" the piece
of software that scours the web day and night updating its database.
a Search Engine Work?
Basically the search engines read pages that have
been submitted to it via a submission form. From there it reads
the entire page, boils it down to essential keywords and adds
all the links it finds to the search list. Then it takes the
next page off the list and starts all over again. You can see
that just one submission to a search engine can generate thousands
of pages in its database. All pages on the Internet are subject
to being scanned by a search engine. If you don't want your
pages to be scanned you have to take steps to prevent it. You
can do this with Meta Tags or a small file named robot.txt located
on your site.
a Search Engine Rate a Website?
No one knows. "WHAT?!?!" I hear you thinking. "I
came here to find out how a search engine works." Well
the simple fact is that every search engine does things a little
bit differently and the method for collecting, cataloging and
rating the data that it does have changes probably on a daily
base. Also the people who create these search engines would
rather not tell us how it's all done. If I told you how to get
your site at the top of search engines would you? Most people
would say yes. Be honest now, does your site belong at the top
of the search engines? Is it the best site in your category?
If not, you'd be cheating the system, and that's what the creators
of these search engines hope to prevent. Remember this is just
software lurking around the Internet trying to determine which
sites are the most relevant to any particular search query that
they get at some future time. Basically what they hope to be
able to come up with is a system that brings the most relevant
and substantial site to the top of each query no matter what
the category may be.
Vs Search Engines