Archive for the 'Search Engines' Category

Google Webmaster Tools: Part 2, Diagnostic Reports

Once you have set up your site with Google Webmaster Tools, you’ll be able to view two types of reports: Diagnostic Reports and Statistics Reports. In this post, I’ll review the information available in the Diagnostic Tab. Under the Diagnostic tab, there are three main sections: Summary, Crawl errors, and Tools. Let’s take a look […]

Google Webmaster Tools: Part 1, Setting Up

In this post, I’ll talk about how to set up your site in Google Webmaster Tools. In subsequent posts, I’ll look at the reports available in Google Webmaster Tools. To add a site to Google Webmaster Tools, do the following: 1. Go to http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps. 2. Login with your Google account. 3. Type in your site […]

Yahoo Site Explorer

Yahoo Site Explorer (http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com) is a service provided by Yahoo that shows what the Yahoo search engine knows about your site, specifically which pages are indexed, and the number of inbound links. If you register, you can submit a feed to Yahoo to ensure that Yahoo knows all your pages. The most useful part of […]

Comparing Major Search Engines

When it comes to the complexity of search engine algorithms, it is known that MSN is the least sophisticated, Yahoo (Inktomi) is better than MSN, and Google is the most advanced. With that in mind, it is slightly surprisingly to me that I’d find the following rankings for my SQL Tutorial site: Query Term = […]

Google Trends

Google Trends (trends.google.com) is a product from Google that allows users to look at how query term volumes have changed over time. To use Google Trends, type one or multiple query terms (separated by comma) into the search box, and click the “Search Trends” button. A graph displaying the relative number of times this query […]

Creating a Simple Google Sitemap

There is a way to tell Google what pages exist on your website by creating a sitemap in XML format. Note that this is different from a sitemap HTML page, even though both share the same purpose of making sure the search engine sees your pages. The main difference is that your human visitors will […]

Google Analytics

I have been testing Google Analytics for a couple of months now, and thought it appropriate to share my experience with this tool. Setup You’ll sign up using your Google/Gmail account. There used to be a wait time before Google will give you access, but now you can instantly use Google Analytics. For each page […]

Name for Danny Sullivan’s Next Conference

Writing about the possibility that Danny Sullivan might start his own conference got me thinking… what would be a good name for that conference? Below are some of my ideas: Search Engine Look Search Engine Monitor Search Engine Series But I think he should use the name of… Search Engine World This would be most […]