Check how a search engine views your site

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Type your url in the below field and see how search engines view your website. A lot of content or links may not be visible to search engines, so this is a way to find out.

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Search Engine Spider SimulatorEnter URL to Spider

Bing search site suffers outage – Your thoughts?

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The Bing search engine suffered an outage for nearly 30 minutes in the early hours of December 3rd 2009.

Microsoft statement said the outage was caused by a “configuration change” made to the site during testing.

What are your thoughts about such outage, especially from a company like Microsoft who promote and sell services such as Windows Clustering, disaster recovery etc.

It shows that even the biggest companies make mistakes.

The story was published on the BBC – Click here

The Importance of Search Engines

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It is the search engines that finally bring your website to the notice of the prospective customers. When a topic is typed for search, nearly instantly, the search engine will sift through the millions of pages it has indexed about and present you with ones that match your topic. The searched matches are also ranked, so that the most relevant ones come first.

Remember that a prospective customer will probably only look at the first 2-3 listings in the search results. So it does matter where your website appears in the search engine ranking.

Further, they all use one of the top 6-7 search engines and these search engines attract more visitors to websites than anything else. So finally it all depends on which search engines the customers use and how they rank your site.

It is the Keywords that play an important role than any expensive online or offline advertising of your website.

It is found by surveys that a when customers want to find a website for information or to buy a product or service, they find their site in one of the following ways:

• The first option is they find their site through a search engine.
• Secondly they find their site by clicking on a link from another website or page that relates to the topic in which they are interested.
• Occasionally, they find a site by hearing about it from a friend or reading in an article.

Thus it’s obvious the the most popular way to find a site, by search engine, represents more than 90% of online users. In other words, only 10% of the people looking for a website will use methods other than search engines.

All search engines employ a ranking algorithm and one of the main rules in a ranking algorithm is to check the location and frequency of keywords on a web page. Don’t forget that algorithms also give weightage to link population (number of web pages linking to your site). When performed by a qualified, experienced search engine optimization consultant, your site for high search engine rankings really does work, unless you have a lot of money and can afford to pay the expert. With better knowledge of search engines and how they work, you can also do it on your own.