How search engines find websites

One of the sweetest things for a webmaster is to go to a search engine - maybe Google, Yahoo, or MSN - type in a keyword, and voilà, they see their own website listed on the first page, or better still, ranked at the top of that page.

You can go to Google and type "Guide to earning a living without a job", you'd see that this website, HappyJoblessGuy, is ranked at the top spot of the first page. It's just less than 3 weeks since I started this website (many of you have followed it since Day 1, so you know I have not misrepresented the dates). How do I get there so fast? Well, that's what I want to share with you. And, if I can do it, so can you! But why should I teach you the secret? Because I firmly believe that everybody should have the opportunity to earn a living without holding a job. Whether or not you want to do it as a side income or a full time job is entirely your business. And what do I get in return? Quite honestly, I make HappyJoblessGuy into a very important website that helps lots of people.

One of the easiest ways for you to earn money from home is through advertisements that appear on your website. You are paid when different people view the advertisements. I covered in the previous chapter how you can add Google AdSense to your website. If you are keen to see it happening, set up your website and apply for the AdSense account. Otherwise, all your success is a fragment of the imagination. I have seen it happening to my websites, now I am sharing this with you so that you can try it and start earning money too. But that's just the first step.

In order to be successful, your website needs one key ingredient: traffic. No traffic equals no search engine ranking equals no money. Simple as that. And you know, you'd never get any traffic till you get a good ranking in Google and all the other search engines. But how do you do that? How do you get the search engines to find your website?

There are millions and millions of websites out there, how do the search engines find websites and rank each of them? I hope this article will supply you the answer you're looking for. If you're on the verge of starting your own website, I hope it also provides you the motivation to get started. The reward is very sweet. Not only is there the pleasure of seeing your website listed for all the world to see, you also improve its traffic, and if you've added Google AdSense, it means getting more advertising dollars.

Google Search Engine - the most powerful homepage on the web.
Google Search Engine - the most powerful homepage on the web
In the early years of the Internet, it was pretty easy to get a top rank on the search engines. Granted there were fewer webpages back then, search engines were also less sophisticated than they are today. If you ask me, do I prefer them now or back then, my answer to you is a resounding NOW. Although search engines today are more sophisticated - and there are more websites to compete with - today's technology allows for more relevant search results. Today's search engines are more sophisticated than years ago; now they are better able to recognize quality, and are not so easily fooled into ranking dubious websites. The likelihood that someone fools a search engine into providing his website an unfairly high ranking has diminished, and the likelihood of searchers finding the most relevant results has increased. How was this achieved, and how then can we increase the chances of our website to be listed?

The answer, quite simply, is by understanding how the search engines of today work.

There are many search engines out there, but the most popular are Google, Yahoo and MSN. Of these three, Google takes the lion share of all Internet searches - no small feat, considering Google was the newest player in the field. On the Internet, however, being newest does have its advantage. Google's search engine simply outshone the rest. It was more sophisticated and accurate. And looking at Google homepage, the search engine also appears deceptively simple. But behind that simple front lurks a mighty beast. As a result, close to half of all Internet searches today are done on Google. Yahoo is a distant second, MSN an even more distant third, and everybody else bites the dust. So if your webpage ever want to be anywhere significant on the web, it has to be ranked high on Google.

An entire industy has sprouted up to help people get their websites ranked high on the search engines. Many such companies, called SEO Management Firms, use honest ways to improve your website to get more traffic. However there are also those that use dubious ways to try and fool the search engines. My advise to you is: don't ever try to fool the search engines. Search engines expect you to play by the rule, and if you let them catch you trying to fool them, they'd throw you out of the rankings faster than you can yell "Google!" Rather than getting someone to help get your website ranked high in the search engines, however, I recommend that you learn to do it yourself. I may have mentioned it before but I'll say it again: you cannot be a captain who can't tell stern from starboard. You need the acquire the skill necessary to guide your website up the ranks, and I'm here to help you.

There is a lot to learn, and I'll break them down into different chapters:

  1. Spiders
  2. Choice of domain name and keyword
  3. Keyword Density
  4. Search Engine Optimization
  5. Page Rank
  6. Backlinks
  7. Promotion
Our next chapter is called Google Spider and Page Rank.

Thank you for visiting my website, Happy Jobless Guy. I create it in November, 2007, two weeks after I left my job in the corporate sector. It is to celebrate the alternative lifestyle that I have embrace. I told myself back then, that as long as I am able to continue supporting myself, I will never return to holding a job. Well, so many years later, thanks be to God and my family, I am still happily living this alternative lifestyle.

My name is , you can call me Tim. I am a full-time website author. My main website is called Penang Travel Tips. I created it to satisfy my curiosity about places and sights around me, and it has grown to become my main income earner. To know more about me, go to

As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's Good News to people all over the world. And finally, if you wish to contact me, please submit the contact form. Thanks again, don't forget to follow me on Facebook!

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