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Beginner: Increase Crawl Visits

Posted on 9.09.2008

HTML clipboard If you have ever taken a look at one of your website's pages or its competition within Google's cache, you may wonder why some pages are indexed more frequently that others. Those sites which are crawled more frequently do better in the search engines and often appear higher for relevant keywords. Here are just a few guidelines to ensure that your site is being crawled as often as it should. While most serious Web professionals already utilize these strategies, beginners should take this guidance seriously to secure more crawl visits and better site index-ability.
 - Create a sitemap: Most CMS systems provide (or should provide) a sitemap for your website automatically. There are actually many WordPress plugins which even help you notify the search engines that your sitemap has been updated.
 - Focus on the Clear Structure: Search engines spiders aren't the brightest tools in the technology toolbox. Oftentimes, Webmasters develop site architecture which is confusing to spiders, sending them down paths which are either useless entirely or open up the opportunity to spot duplicate content.
 - Remove Obstacles: You name it, I've seen it. Javascript, iFrames and Flash prevent sites from being fully indexed. If your site is comprised of these elements and features little pure HTML content, consider starting fresh with a new site that uses these interactive elements as the sizzle, rather than the steak.
 - Produce Content Regularly: Content is king - always has been, always will be. If you're not producing content reguarly, then search engines make a virtual note to themselves to slow the crawl rate down. Publishing with some regular frequency ensures that you are on good terms with the search engines and they'll up the time they spend on your website.

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