Knowing how to submit websites and individual pages to search engines is an essential skill for SEO professionals and webmasters alike.Whether you’re building a new website or simply adding new content, knowing the ins and outs of indexation is key.What You’ll Need Before SubmittingFirst, you’ll need access to edit your website.Some people may refute this and claim backend web access is not necessary to submit a website to search engines. Well, they’re right.However, there are some cases where you’ll need access to a website’s backend.Situations Where You’ll Need Backend AccessThe website doesn’t have a sitemap.The website doesn’t have a robot.txt file.The website doesn’t have Tag Manager or a way to verify Google Search Console/Bing Webmaster Tools access.If your client or IT team doesn’t allow you to have access to their backend, or your CMS has certain limitations, see if you’re able to obtain FTP access. This … [Read more...] about How to Submit Websites & Pages to Search Engines: A Simple Guide
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Search engines and directories are seeking "quality" pages to present to their users. By consistently using a few simple design techniques, you can reward them by having a site that's easy to scan and effortless to purchase from. If you take the time to implement the simple navigation and coding tips below, you will present your visitors with a user interface that is immediately understandable and navigable. Navigation for Usability and SEO Never design a user right out of your Web site; do everything to keep them there, browsing around. If you follow this rule of thumb, search engine crawlers will also "run around" the Web site looking for pages to add to their database. 1. Be consistent and consolidate wherever possible. "Help," "FAQ," "Information" and "Instructions" can be all put into one page or one "hub" that is devoted entirely to assisting your user. Break the info up inside the hub if necessary, instead of having four pages that mean basically the same thing. In … [Read more...] about How To Impress Search Engines and Users – Focus: Web Site Navigation
At a recent international search marketing conference in London the most frequent question asked by the audience was “How do I get my content found and indexed by global and local search engines?” During the breaks I talked to a few people who indicated little or none of their local market content was being indexed by the major engines. Close examination of these sites revealed that they were all using some form of language detection. In two cases they were doing language detection because they saw Google doing it and assumed that this was the best approach. However, if you are like me and travel a lot to other countries, you know that assumption can lead to a big problem: Just because I am physically located in a particular country doesn’t necessarily mean that its native language is the content I wish to see. There are other factors that come into play, such as my browser default language, the language I use for queries and so on. Lets take a deeper look at dynamic … [Read more...] about Are Your Language Detection Methods Blocking Search Engine Crawlers?
In a first look at the social search engine Volunia, I considered the main features which differentiate Volunia from existing search engines – and noted the steep road ahead faced by any new search engine. Volunia founder, Massimo Marchiori, has said that one of the main reasons to launch Volunia now was to gather feedback from beta testers. I spoke with Marchiori to find out what Volunia has learned after a week of exposure to users and to understand where Volunia is headed. I also asked him about Volunia’s support for webmasters. About 400,000 users have signed-up to use Volunia of which, 100,000 were provided access in the first week. Access is being doled out slowly in order to manage server loads. The two primary criticisms leveled against Volunia by users have been regarding disappointing search results and, especially from design conscious Italians, the user interface. Marchiori told me that the greatest problem with the search results is that Volunia has only … [Read more...] about Search Engine Volunia Plans First Improvements Thanks to User Feedback
Ever amassed a collection of Web bookmarks on a particular subject and then wanted to search through their contents? Delicious users will be familiar with link curating and sharing, but there’s no ability to actually search the contents of the bookmarked pages and sites. A few Florentines, mostly former colleagues from the Italian internet company Dada, set out in April 2011 to develop a new search engine, Attrakt, which would focus specifically on hosting specialized search engines curated by the Web community. Attrakt’s Index Relies On Curator Contributions As such, Attrakt isn’t a generalist search engine, with a broad index ready for everyday searches. Attrakt’s index is primarily seeded through links specified by curators of custom search engines, what Attrakt calls boxes. As in the early days of Wikipedia, if you’re lucky enough to search on a topic someone has already curated, then you might be impressed. But for the most part, Attrakt is fairly … [Read more...] about New Search Engine Attrakt Focuses On Curated Content