And use Google?
I use Google on a daily basis too.
But the question is, do you know how search engines work?
Just like you, I took search engines for granted. I mean, who cares how search engines work? As long as I am able get all the needed information, that’s it. Why think further?
However. Knowing how search engines work is crucially important. That is if you want fame, reconigition, blah whatever you can think of. Basically, that is if you want your website to be listed on the first page of the search results. And that’s, what I have learnt while researching on this topic for my NCT class. So here, I’m gonna impart my knowledge on search engines!
The ticket for your website to be listed on the first page of the search results include:
-Using alt tags for images
-Using keywords, meta tags relevant to content
-Having site maps
-Each page should contain >250 words of text
-All important pages on a website should be accessible with 3 clicks or less
These 5 points are really important as they will aid you in attracting Spiders to your site. When Spiders are attracted to your site, there’s a very high chance that your site will be listed on the first few pages of the search results.
Wait. I know, you must be asking. What are the Spiders I am talking about? Spiders are part of the process on how a search engine generates results. They are simply bots that crawls around the entire world wide web, searching on sites that are relevant and matches your search query. The following video explains it all! ^^
Man in Red Kimono blowing the whistle = Acts as the Search box. Had a query that has the keyword- “girl”
Men in bathing suits = Spiders
Moving on, I wanna introduce a VERY COOL SEARCH ENGINE. It’s nothing like Google or Yahoo.
Click on WolframAlpha.
It provides instant factual answers, and answers to mathematical problems.
WolframAlpha uses its built-in algorithms and a growing collection of data to compute the answer.
Try these few questions on WolframAlpha:
1)What’s Mars’ distance from Earth?
2) What’s 287+18%?
3) What are the nearby cities in Auckland?
Amazed yet? If you’re not, it’s okay. Because I am utterly amazed by this search engine. HAHA.
Know what? This is one thing that Google can’t do. =) And…I’ll never get to find out about the existance of WolframAlpha if not for NCT class, where I’m forced to research and learn about it. This is the last week of seminar-styled presentations. I’m sure, I’m gonna miss it. It’s one class that I have learnt so many things about today’s technology!
Thumbs up for NCT! ^^