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Website Indexing

Cecilien Dambon
March 3, 2024
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Website indexing refers to the process by which search engines like Google, Bing, or Yahoo collect, parse, and store information from websites in their databases. This process allows search engines to quickly retrieve relevant information when users perform a search.

Here's a simplified overview of how website indexing works:

  • Crawling: Search engines use automated programs called "crawlers" or "spiders" to navigate the web. These crawlers follow links from one page to another, collecting data about each web page they encounter.
  • Parsing: The collected data includes text content, HTML code, meta tags, and other relevant information. The search engine parses and analyzes this data to understand the structure and content of each page.
  • Indexing: After parsing, the search engine indexes the information, creating a searchable database. The index includes details about the content, keywords, and other elements on each page. This process makes it faster for the search engine to retrieve relevant results when a user enters a search query.
  • Ranking: When a user performs a search, the search engine uses complex algorithms to determine the relevance of indexed pages to the query. Pages are then ranked based on various factors like content quality, relevance, and authority.
  • Displaying Results: Finally, the search engine displays a list of results to the user, ranked in order of perceived relevance. Users can click on the links to visit the respective web pages.

Ceceilin Dambon
Cecilien Dambon
SEO & Growth Adviser