Search engines are software programs that run on web sites and which allow people browsing the Web to find things that they are interested in. It's the most common way of searching across the Internet.
This page explains how to ensure that when someone does an online search, it is your site that they will find. This subject is really complicated so we have simplified it down to seven rules for search engine registration.
The top search engines are AltaVista and Yahoo, but there are lots more such as Excite and Lycos. If you don't know about search engines, have a go at looking for stuff that interests you.
Search engines store information about web sites, so that when they are asked they already have the details to hand. In our site resources section you can find links to sites which cover the subject in much greater detail.
Remember that search engines can give you lots of possible answers. Unless your site appears in the first page or two of results, people can't be bothered to look further and your site will be missed. So we give you some simple rules which will likely put you higher up the results list.
We don't explain
why these rules will work - if you want to know you're going to have to spend
the next week or two on the subject.
Up to date advice
Search Engine registration is big business and is changing rapidly with new engines and new technologies coming out all the time. The information below is good general advice but it is worth occasionally checking for new developments. There are several sites which monitor these developments and keeps you up to date with all the latest tips and tricks. A couple of these are listed below.
Several of these share the same underlying database.