seo malta
seo malta

Just the mention of spiders gives many people the creeps. But picturing them well in mind with their spindly outstretched legs, is a start in understanding the way search engines utilize virtual spiders to index website content that will allow them to rank and match page listings to visitor searches.

Search engines utilize a software programme that is known as a ‘crawler’ or a ‘spider’ to roam the web gathering information about website content along the way. This spider will go through your content and will follow your website’s hyperlinks ferreting out as much data as it can. The information gathered from your website and from the others the spider has crawled through, gets saved and indexed. While crawling the links of your site, the spider makes copies of the pages it goes through and will interpret the content in an effort to carry out accurate indexing.

This is the way in which search engines organize the information they gather in a way that makes it easier to search and retrieve links that will prove beneficial and that will satisfy online searches. For search engine optimization and search engine ranking purposes, your website content and listed urls will prove to be extremely important.

A spider starts off by looking into a file in your website that is called ‘robots.txt’. This is a specialized file that indicates to the spider what to index and what not to index from the site to its database. If this page is not found by the spider your web page will be ignored and may not get recognized by search engines servicing search engine queries. Therefore, the existence of a robots.txt file in your pages is essential.

Some search engines have a URL submission form where you can request your site to be added to their index.

A little tip: the more links you have pointing toward your website the better it is as it ensures that a spider will find its way to your web pages and these will therefore have a very good chance of undergoing indexing.