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Checking to see whether your site is indexed
Simply stated, search engines consist of huge, alphabetical listings of various
Web site names and key words. A search engine needs to index your site in
order for it to appear in a search. Sometimes a search engine can index your
site without your knowledge; however, if your site isn’t indexed it doesn’t
show up in a search on that search engine. Therefore it’s good practice to see
which of the major search engines have indexed your site before you bother
with anything else.
Determining whether your site is indexed is fairly easy — although the
process varies somewhat between the search engines.
On MSN (www.msn.com) or Google (www.google.com): Open the
appropriate Web site in your browser and type site: yourdomainname .
com in the search box. (For example, if you wanted to see whether
my company, Tech Benders, was indexed on MSN, you would type site:
techbenders.com and click Search.) If your site isn’t indexed, you get a
message like the one you see in Figure 6-1.
On Yahoo! (www.yahoo.com): Type domain: yourdomainname .com in
the search box. To see (for example) whether my company is indexed by
Yahoo!, you would type domain:techbenders.com in the search box and
click Search. If your site is indexed, you see the various pages of your
Web site listed (see Figure 6-2).
If no results come back for your site or you get a message saying no results
were found, then your site isn’t listed on that engine. At this point you can do
two things to correct this. First, submit your site name to the search engines
directly. Second, do what you can to get links built from other recognized
sites to your site. You find out how to do just that later in this chapter.
Figure 6-1:
Uh-Oh! The
site isn’t
indexed.
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