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A Brief Look at How Search Engines Operate

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Search Engine Optimization Fundamentals

Search Engine Optimization at its root is the process of increasing exposure to a website by enhancing the sites relevance and importance in the eyes of search engines. In order to gain this exposure or reach more customers the process of SEO sets out to make a website more rank worthy.  The higher that a website is ranked on a search engine the more likely people are to access it.

A search engine has four main purposes thatsearch engine search A Brief Look at How Search Engines Operate include Crawling, Indexing, Ranking, and Providing Results.  The World Wide Web is a massive network where everything is connected through linking.  A search engine navigates or crawls through the network locating web pages, images, or video files using mechanized devices called crawlers or spiders.  These devices are launched, scouring the Internet, reading pieces of code from websites.  The pieces of information copied by a crawler allow the searched location to be indexed or saved on one of their massive databases.  Search Engine companies have data centers that hold the databases located all around the world in order to quickly recall the information upon request of the user.

In those first two tasks the search engine sought out and returned only the relevant pages.  After searching and indexing, the next duty of the search engine is to calculate the indexed webpage’s relevance and determine its ranking.  From here it assigns an importance which usually comes from the quantity and quality of the information as well as the webpage’s popularity. In addition there are many other ranking factors and various search engines value each factor differently. Once a rank is designated the page is then ready to be displayed for a user to access. Although all that is visible to us when performing a search are our search terms going in and the search results coming out, while behind-the-scenes there is a tremendous amount of action and effort going on to provide us with the information that we request.

According to Google these are some tips to get a better webpage ranking with them.

  1. Good webpage Content!

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