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See What Search Engines See When They Visit Your Website

As part of your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) efforts, take time to run your website or blog through a few tests to see how a search engine sees your website or blog when they visit. It’s a good learning experience.

Things to look for are:

  • What is seen first, second, and third.
  • When the “meat” or content is seen – sooner or later?
  • What elements are skipped or ignored.
  • What HTML/XHTML elements stop the process?
  • What links are found? These indicate links the search engine crawler may follow.

If you find an element that is stopping the search engine as it moves through your web page or website, then fix it. Check your page for validation errors to ensure you’ve found the possible errors that may distract or halt a search engine’s process through your site.

Closely examine the list of links the search engine crawler finds. Is it finding enough? Is it finding other pages within your site to continue on its path? Or is it finding more links to external sites, encouraging the crawler to leave your site rather than spend a little more time within it, gathering information? Is it finding the “right” links to your categories, Pages, and site search tags? Make the appropriate changes to your navigation links to increase the search engine’s opportunities to flow through your site to see all the web pages.

Here are some tools to help you see what search engines see when they visit your website or blog:

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Copyright Lorelle VanFossen

8 Comments

  1. Posted May 6, 2006 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I tried the webconfs spider simulator. On a WordPress.com blog, the /tags are linked to wordpress.com/tag/123/, not to blog.wordpress.com

    On another word press MU blog, the /tags are linked to blog.wptype.org/tag/123/

    Just odd.

  2. Posted May 26, 2007 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    my web has valid xhtml and css
    how long google crawl every web.

  3. Posted May 28, 2007 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Adhi, Google can crawl your blog every day. Do you have a website or blog? Are you using WordPress? Does your site have pinging enabled? There is more to attracting search engines than just valid code.

  4. Posted May 16, 2008 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    This website has been very helpful. I plan to spend at least an hour every day on it.
    Thanks for all the free info

  5. Posted May 16, 2008 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    thanks for all the free information.

  6. nurlela
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    i don’t know why.. i don’t think everything worker well with my blog. pls help me.. :) tq


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