Indexing

Indexing is the process by which search engines crawl and store web pages in their databases.

Definition

Indexing is the process of search engines like Google crawling and storing web pages in their databases or indexes. When a search engine discovers a new web page, it crawls the page's content and adds it to its index, making it available to be displayed in search results when relevant queries are entered by users. The indexed pages are then ranked based on various factors, including relevance, authority, and quality.

Indexing is a critical step in the search engine process as it determines whether a web page will appear in search results. Webmasters can influence indexing by optimizing their websites for search engines, ensuring that content is easily accessible, crawlable, and relevant to target keywords. However, not all pages discovered by search engines are indexed, as search engines may choose not to index pages with low-quality content, duplicate content, or pages blocked by the Robots.txt file.

FAQ

  • 1.

    How can I check if my website is indexed by search engines?

    You can check if your website is indexed by using the 'site:' operator in the search engine's search bar followed by your website's URL. For example, 'site:example.com'. This will show you the pages from your website that are indexed by that search engine.

  • 2.

    What should I do if my website is not being indexed?

    If your website is not being indexed, ensure that it is accessible to search engine crawlers, has a sitemap, and does not have any issues that might prevent indexing, such as errors in the Robots.txt file or a noindex meta tag.

  • 3.

    Can I control which pages search engines index?

    Yes, you can control which pages search engines index using directives in the Robots.txt file and meta tags like 'noindex'. This allows you to prevent search engines from indexing pages you don't want to appear in search results.

Related terms

Crawling is the process by which search engine bots systematically browse the web, discovering and indexing web pages.
GSC (Google Search Console) is a free tool from Google that helps website owners understand how their site performs in Google Search. It provides key insights and tool to optimize a website's visibility and performance.
Robots.txt is a file webmasters use to instruct web crawling bots about indexing their site.
Sitemap A Sitemap is a file where you provide information about the pages, videos, and other files on your site, and the relationships between them. Search engines like Google read this file to more intelligently crawl your site.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the practice of improving and promoting a website to increase the number of visitors the site receives from search engines. It involves making changes to the website's content and design to make it more attractive to search engines.
Technical SEO involves optimizing website infrastructure and settings to improve search engine crawling, indexing, and rendering.