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How Search Engines Work by ASR

A little FYI for your Sunday reading. An article written for Active Search Results ASR) a free Search Engine Submission website.

How Search Engines Work
By: David Tang
A search engine operates, in the following order: 1) Crawling; 2) Deep Crawling Depth-first search (DFS); 3) Fresh Crawling Breadth-first search (BFS); 4) Indexing; 5) Searching.

Web search engines work by storing information about a large number of web pages, which they retrieve from the WWW itself. These pages are retrieved by a web crawler (also known as a spider) – an automated web browser which follows every link it sees, exclusions can be made by the use of robots.txt. The contents of each page are then analyzed to determine how it should be indexed. Data about web pages is stored in an index database for use in later queries. Some search engines, such as Google, store all or part of the source page (referred to as a cache) as well as information about the web pages, whereas some store every word of every page it finds, such as AltaVista. This cached page always holds the actual search text since it is the one that was actually indexed, so it can be very useful when the content of the current page has been updated and the search terms are no longer in it. This problem might be considered to be a mild form of linkrot, and Google’s handling of it increases usability by satisfying user expectations that the search terms will be on the returned web page. This satisfies the principle of least astonishment since the user normally expects the search terms to be on the returned pages. Increased search relevance makes these cached pages very useful, even beyond the fact that they may contain data that may no longer be available elsewhere.

When a user comes to the search engine and makes a query, typically by giving keywords, the engine looks up the index and provides a listing of best-matching web pages according to its criteria, usually with a short summary containing the document’s title and sometimes parts of the text. Most search engines support the use of the boolean terms AND, OR and NOT to further specify the search query. An advanced feature is proximity search, which allows you to define the distance between keywords.

The usefulness of a search engine depends on the relevance of the results it gives back. While there may be millions of Web pages that include a particular word or phrase, some pages may be more relevant, popular, or authoritative than others. Most search engines employ methods to rank the results to provide the “best” results first. How a search engine decides which pages are the best matches, and what order the results should be shown in, varies widely from one engine to another. The methods also change over time as Internet usage changes and new techniques evolve.

Most web search engines are commercial ventures supported by advertising revenue and, as a result, some employ the controversial practice of allowing advertisers to pay money to have their listings ranked higher in search results.

The vast majority of search engines are run by private companies using proprietary algorithms and closed databases, the most popular currently being Google, MSN Search, and Yahoo! Search. However, Open source search engine technology does exist, such as Dig, Nutch, Senas, Egothor, OpenFTS, DataparkSearch and many others.
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We have a new look!

Howdy Peeps!

I put my 2 signature colors together & SHAZAM! FNFD has a new fresh look!

Now I know you’re saying ‘But Michelle, where’s your spirit for Halloween? You just posted a new Halloween Theme for sale.’

Well, my Peeps what can I say? The site was just tuckered out and needed a facelift. But we’ll see if our trusty Plug in for falling script is working and we’ll see what comes up.

Also, check out our FaceBook Page, now that I did change for Halloween.

Have an awesome Friday my friends and a glorious weekend!

 

New Theme for Halloween

Howdy Peeps!

Now who could NOT get in the mood for Halloween with all the decorations going up? Not this gal!

Here’s a very low cost & basic WP Theme for the season! No Accents/Dividers/Linkback banner provided as I am anticipating that this is just a temporary theme.

Say hello to Hallow 17!

Hallow 17

You can’t see it in this screen shot but in the lower right corner is the same tombstone as in the header with the glowing lantern! Of course, it will depend on if you have the 3rd column going on the right and the amount of content for visibility.

This set up is a 3 column option & Mobile responsive!

Contact Me about getting this little gem for your website for the Halloween Season!

Plug In Updates

Howdy Peeps! So as you saw WP updated and with that there have been a few ‘Helps!’ received. Upon investigation I noticed on most that the Plug Ins had not been updated.

I can not stress enough that you need to update your Plug Ins!

What are these you ask? Simply put-they are like Apps on your phone. They help do various things within your website and they need to be kept up to date.

Why you ask? Because as WP updates as well as the Plug ins they are talking to each other and figuring out ‘bugs’ and compatibility issues.

Which should I do first? The Plug ins! If they are always kept up to date then when WP gets notices and fixes an issue, when it updates all is well. Most of you have Auto WP update so when a new version is released, bam it’s done for you.

What’s the big deal? Well if those plug ins are not kept up to date on your site (but have been updated by the plug in developer) and WP updates it could result in a bunch of errors and WP and those Plug ins not talking to each other correctly and then your site is wanked!

So, if you are maintaining your own WP Website, UPDATE THOSE PLUG INS!!!

Not sure how to do this? Send me an Email (Help Page in progress).

2 Birthdays, Back-to-School, a Solar Eclipse, and a Hurricane-What a Week!

Hello my FNFD Peeps!

What a week! There’s a lot that has been going on in the world over the last week.

I just happen to live in the path of the Solar Eclipse that took place last Monday! What an awesome sight! We had a Neighborhood get together for the viewing and got to meet some wonderful people!

That day was also my Son’s 26th Birthday! How super memorable for him!

AND to top that of one of my nieces also had her birthday on that same day and turned 20!

Across Facebook, we have seen the annual First Day of School Pics! There are varying start dates as each State is different but we have seen some Happy faces (I think mostly parents:-0), some that are just starting Kindergarten and today, my daughter is starting her Sophomore year at College! Oh, such bittersweet times!

Lastly, we have been witnessing Hurricane Harvey wrecking havoc on Texas! Another awesome display of Mother Nature, but not a very pleasant one! FNFD is sending out loving and well wishing thoughts to all those who live in TX or have Family in TX, like myself. To my great-nephew Parker: TN misses you and loves you.

2 awesome displays of Nature to start and end the week. Stay humble my Friends!

PS:
Quite a few Plug-ins have updates available, so be sure to check yours and update!

TTFN

Welcome Raven’sGlenRagdolls to the FNFD Family!

Well it’s been a busy time since my return from vacation land!

We need to Welcome a new FNFD Family Member! RavensGlenRagdolls.com

Diane was wonderful to work with and I loved putting together her Animated Header, her website and her new business cards! It’s awesome & humbling at the same time to bring someone’s vision to life!

Welcome to the FNFD Family Diane!!!

And on top of that, My husband had an old soldier that was living with us and he has been restationed, so off he went! That left a room open, so my daughter moved across the hall. Of course we had to paint first.

Soo, still a room open and I FINALLY GET MY ‘SHE CAVE’!!!
Yup that’s right, my own room! No more little space in the middle of the chaos of the house! A room to do my scrap bookings and not having to make sure the table is clear each night! I can have my sewing machine out and not worry about the dogs tripping on the power/foot peddle chords!

Now, what color do I paint? Where do I want to put my desk? Sewing Table? Scrapping Table? OHHHH the possibilities!!

I’m Baaacckk!

Thank you everyone for your patience while my husband and I pulled off the feat of a lifetime!

It was super secret, 7 months in the making and the Stars managed to align perfectly!

My husband planned a surprise birthday event for my MiL. We managed to get all her children (all 5 from PA, AZ, TN & ID) and her 4 Siblings all together in One State (OH). They haven’t had a gathering this big since 1974 with all present! 4 Generations and 33 Family members!

It was a fun time with lots of wonderful memories and one reality check: I’m a Great Aunt! Nothing like being excited and telling my niece & nephew about how exciting it will be to see their Great Aunts & Uncles and then realize I’m the Great Aunt and they will be seeing Great Great Aunts & Uncles!!! And it was sooo much fun seeing that actually come true!

Running around on the Farm, explaining that the Amish are not extinct and really do exist, going to the Dairy Farm and getting to milk a cow and drinking the fruits of their labor, fishing in the pond, picking peaches for freezing and jam, learning about honey bees and the list goes on!

Hope you all had an enjoyable time of your own making memories while I was away!

Happy to be Home!

Vacation Time!

Hello FNFD Peeps! Exciting news: I’m headed on vacation on the 11th July. I have family coming into town so taking some time off. But don’t panic! I will return! If you need any updates or would like a quote just go ahead and email me. My back up partner in crime 🤣 will be covering for me while I am out galavanting around and monitoring my email.

See you when I get back!

Take care and TTFN!

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