Top Search Engine Ranking Tips

If your Web site is not found among the first 20 results )2 pages) of a search engine index then the chance of your website being found are close to none. Why? Most top search engines only display the first 10 results to the keywords search phrase. When was the last time you clicked on "Next Ten" more than 1 or 2 times to find a Website?

Let's face it, most of us are impatient, (which means your potential customers are too). We want our information, and we want it now! The higher your target audience's income is, the more likely they are to shop or retrieve product information online. The businesses that find the most creative ways to be seen by their potential customers will find them. It is very important these people find your Web site and that is what we will help you accomplish here with our top search engine ranking tips from Optigroove.

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Tips For Ranking Your Site On Search Engines

Search Engine Submission Tips


Top Search Engine Ranking Tips For AltaVista:

The AltaVista search engine starts by spidering the Web page you submitted with its spider Scooter. Scooter may take up to three months to spider and index your entire site, but will usually index your submitted Web page within a day or two. The more popular your site, the more frequent it will be updated. We also suggest you do not resubmit the same page twice in any given week.


The AltaVista indexer gives higher priority for keywords located in certain Tags (TITLE Tags and META Description Tags). A higher priority is given for keywords that are located near the top of the page. AltaVista also gives a tad higher ranking for keywords appearing closer to each other on the page. Keyword density and popularity is an important factor with AltaVista.

AltaVista incorporated their own version of Google's PageRank and in our opinion does it much better. Rankings Priority Rundown:


1. Keyword or phrase appearing in the TITLE

2. Keyword or phrase appearing in the META Description Tag

3. Keyword or phrase appearing near the top of page

4. Individual keywords appear close together

5. Document date of origin: Touch higher for the oldest pages.

6. Document length. Longer documents tend to do better.


Special Alta Vista Top Search Engine Ranking Tips: There are also a couple of "human" eyes from AltaVista that will visit your site once you reach 100 URLs submitted or 50 URLs under any one subdirectory of a domain. These will read from the AltaVista digital domain but will be Mozilla browsers of unknown configuration. If you get visited by these browsers - you are being checked out by a human to make sure you are not spamming the AltaVista index and to compare the Scooter retrieved page with Mozilla retrieved page. WARNING: If the robot retrieved Web page does not match the Mozilla retrieved page, your entire site can be black listed by AltaVista.


Top Search Engine Ranking Tips For Google: 

Google search engine can be a tough search engine to get listed in because they use their own proprietary PageRank system which in the past required a link from another page to your submitted page before they will add it to their index.

Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two Stanford Ph.D. candidates, who developed a technologically advanced method for finding information on the Internet. Google's concept is a solid one. The best thing about Google is the vast number of URLs included in their index. Rankings Priority Rundown:


1. Popular page(s) linking to your submitted page (the more popular the better)

2. Keyword or phrase appearing in TITLE

3. Small Web page with little content. Can use a TITLE only Web page and rank high.

4. The keywords used from the linking page

5. Individual keywords appear close together

6. Individual keywords appear in large fonts

7. Individual keywords appear in BOLD fonts

8. Individual keywords appear in the linking IMG ALT Tags

9. Individual keywords appear in the URL

10. Keyword or phrase appearing near the top of page


Special Google Top Search Engine Ranking Tips: Google ignores both the META Keywords and META Description Tags for ranking purposes. However the META Description Tag will often appear in the search results. Because of this the META Description Tag is also important with Google. Create a very small Web page (keywords only) and only contain a TITLE and possibly a META Description Tag and you can rank high in the search results.


Google considers the anchor text of a link in determining the page's score. When Google considers the text of the page they are not only considering what the author wrote, but they are also considering what the other people wrote when they linked to that Web page. 


Then make sure you give the page a keyword name like "apple-pie.html" (i.e., for the keyword "apple pie"). Don't use style sheets to adjust your font sizes or bold attributes. Instead you should hard code these fonts and bold attributes to get a better ranking with Google.


A recent Google search engine ranking factor that has been added to the algorithm looks at your page's HTML. Factors such as what section the word appears within the page, the size of the font, and the use of bold text affect the ranking of a Web page. Words in tiny font are considered less important in their ranking formula. In addition, words in the title and heading sections, and words in large font and in bold are given higher rank consideration.


At the present time the Google index is reported to be refreshed based on popularity. What this means is that the more popular your Web page is, the more often it will be refreshed. Some pages are refreshed daily while others can take several months. Google only crawls and makes searchable the first 110k of a page. Long documents may have substantial content invisible to Google.


Top Search Engine Ranking Tips For Lycos:

Lycos (part of the Terra/Lycos Network including Hotbot) is another one of those search engines after the big bucks. Their network includes Inktomi,,, and a bunch more.  Lycos does not consider your META Tags. You should place keywords at the start of your page. If you using a lot of punctuation in your document it could be part of the reason you're not showing up where you think you should. Lycos is punctuation intolerant. Don't use punctuation in the URL either.


This is a guaranteed way not to be indexed by Lycos. Submit to the Yahoo! Network and your listings will also be included in Lycos. In order to submit directly to Lycos you will need to create a user account and pay for the listing, but because it is actually powered by Inktomi, you really don't need to pay for the listing.


Lycos search engine has been around since May 1994, and is one of the oldest of the major search engines. It began as a project at Carnegie Mellon University. The name Lycos comes from the Latin for "wolf spider."

Lycos lists sites in two main ways. There are search engine listings, and there is an associated directory called "Web Guides". Sites are automatically listed in these directories using technology from WiseWire, a company Lycos acquired in early 1998. Rankings Priority Rundown:

1. Lycos looks for pages that mention these words early on, rather than far down in some sub-section of the site.

2. Higher priority for keywords that appear in the page TITLE

3. Higher priority for keywords that are closer to the top of the page

4. Higher priority for the number of sites linking to you


Top Search Engine Ranking Tips For Inktomi:

Inktomi (now owned by Yahoo!) powers more search engines including Yahoo! and AltaVista than any other search results provider. Top Search engines such as HotBot, About, Infospace, Kanoodle and many others all use Inktomi (Powered by Yahoo!) to help satisfy their visitor's search.

Inktomi powered engines take full advantage of both your META Description and Keywords Tags within your HTML code. Try to use unique words or phrases as your keywords since Inktomi will score the words higher in their relevancy rating. Be sure to use descriptive words in your TITLE and META Description Tags and use them often.

As with other search engines be sure that the words you use in your META Keyword Tags are words that someone would type in to find your Web site. Our biggest tip for Inktomi is to submit to Inktomi and wait. It seems Inktomi (when they provided URL submissions) can take as long as 6 months to index you.

Even after indexing you it doesn't mean you will be listed there next month. You must keep checking their database for your URLs.

Search Engine Rankings Priority Rundown: (via Inktomi)


1. Keyword Density

2. Site Linkage - a big factor. (based on faulty DirectHit logic, but getting better)

3. Keyword or phrase appearing in the TITLE

4. Keyword or phrase appearing in the META Tags

5. Keyword or phrase appearing near the top of page

6. Keywords that appear in the BODY

7. First the search selects a subset of the sites containing all your keywords and does a simple ranking based on items 3-6 above.

8. Next it counts the linkages to your site from other sites. The top 100 returned results are then rearranged according to that linkage factor.

9. Lastly, it takes the top 20 sites and ranks them by the click thrus that Inktomi has registered. (This is how PPC can help your organic rankings)


Top Search Engine Ranking Tips For Yahoo!:

Yahoo!'s directory is not a robot type search engine, but instead a directory like the Yellow Pages. However, Yahoo!'s main search page (keyword search) is powered by their slurp robot (which was actually Inktomi) and will search through their index as well as their directory.


The following will mostly discuss Yahoo!'s directory. For additional information on Yahoo!'s full text search engine that is not covered here, review the information found under AltaVista, FAST and Inktomi. Yahoo!'s directory currently charges anywhere from US$299.00 to US$699.00 as an automatic recurring annual fee. This fee is ONLY a "consideration of your web site for possible inclusion in Yahoo!'s directory". This fee is non-refundable even if they decide not to include your URL. Only Yahoo! Could get away with this.


However there is another way to get in Yahoo!'s directory without any fees, but the site you submit must not be commercial. Here's a link to Yahoo!'s suggest URL information. One thing to remember in trying to get listed in Yahoo!'s directory is that they are very selective. They will not include just anyone. A Web site must be both unique in content and fall within their directory structure.


Relevancy of your directory listing is based on the Title and Comments that you give them. Try to use words people would use to find your Web site both in your Title and Comments.


Around since late 1994, Yahoo! is the oldest major Web site directory. Yahoo! is well-known, well-used and well-respected. 

Yahoo is a very important top ranking search engine to be listed on. Yahoo! delivers two types of search results. First they have their own internal Directory and then this is backed up by their acquired Inktomi search index. Pages that are in their directory as well as in their robot index have a higher ranking in search results.


Yahoo! Directory Listings operates under the Microsoft concept that you don't have be good, you just have to be first and the biggest. Their directory for the most part is terrible with dead and decaying links that are 33 several years old and out-of-date - their choices for inclusion are notoriously some of the worst particular sites on the Net under that category. Yahoo!'s directory strength and success as a guide comes from humans. Unlike full text search engines, Yahoo! does not spider directory Web sites to build listings automatically, using technology. Instead, human editors provide the brain power and intuition needed to classify the Web's many offerings. 


As submissions increase, the guide must either bring on new editors to process listings, let the backlog grow or simply accept a smaller percentage of listings as in the past. Currently, it's the third choice that is being followed. A smaller percentage is getting in. However, below are some known things that can increase your chances of getting listed in Yahoo!'s Directory. Rankings Priority Rundown:

1. $$, the more you give them, the higher your ranking.

2. Keywords appearing in TITLE (user submitted TITLE).

3. Listings are sorted alphabetical by title (in most all cases).


Special Yahoo! Top Search Engine Ranking Tips: Entry level pages on a domain have the highest chance of getting listed. Some have suggested that Yahoo! is now a business directory only and new listings are almost required to have a base level domain . Regional Entries. Sites that use the regional (city/country) Yahoo! Sites have a higher chance of getting listed. All of the major free hosted sites have been banned. (Tripod, Geocites, Xoom) Pitching a fit. Yahoo! will occasionally respond to aggressive critical email. Email response is almost non existent. - If you can find their voice mail number - use it.

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