Search Engine Inclusion/Exclusion
This help page describes how your articles are or are not indexed in
all search engines. This includes
as well as Google and all of the
other major search engines out there.
- Some Terminology
Some people will call it 'indexing a page' or 'posting an article' or
'listing my content' or 'adding my website' or 'googling my stuff'.
To keep things simple this help page considers all of these phrases
to mean the same thing.
- Including Pages in Search Engines
Travel articles are always public and always
included in search engines.
To include a personal article in search engines, your must have the
Index your personal pages user account option
enabled and the article must be public (i.e. not hidden and not invitiation-only).
Here are some ways to improve your search engine ranking:
- Pick an informative title: e.g. "Alaska Cruise 2006" is much better than "My Trip".
- Be descriptive in your writing and use full sentences. Tell a story alongside
- Avoid repetition and try to assign unique titles and descriptions to each of your photos.
- Publish the article as a travel article.
Travel articles are more likely to be indexed by search engines.
- Get other sites to link to your article. Give out the URL to related sites and
share it with relevant discussion groups.
- Excluding Pages from Search Engines
There are three ways to make sure that an article is not listed
in search engines:
- Make the article hidden.
- Make the article invitation-only.
- Disable the Index your personal pages user option.
Search engines are finicky creatures, and if you are worried about whether your
Worldisround content does or does not appear in search results, you should be aware
of some of their oddities:
- Not every page is listed. Even Google can only index a fraction of all Web pages.
(Web pages are being created faster than any search engine can index them.)
- Indexing is not immediate. A page might be created on May 1 and not be discovered
by Google until sometime in July.
- Search engines are updated slowly.
When you change the Index option the Worldisround search engine is updated almost
instantaneously, but it could take
weeks or months for Google to update its listings to either add or remove your pages.
If you enable indexing, post something and then change your mind, your article may have
already been indexed on Google and will remain there for a long time.
- Worldisround does not own Google. We cannot add, remove, or change your Google
listings at will.
- Worldisround talks to search engines, but they don't always listen.
We tell them to "please index this", "don't index that", or
"come back in a week to look for changes". But search engines don't have to listen to
us. They can't revisit the entire web every second so they must choose carefully
when and which pages to visit, revisit and index.