In an effort to help identify search engine technologies, I will publish a series of ‘simply put posts’ which will identify and briefly explain, in simple English, what a technology is. These posts will be published alongside other posts in this blog. So what things will be included and posted within the coming weeks?
- What is PageRank?
- What is a search engine?
- Why do search engines produce different results?
Search technology explained
I am passionate about search, but I also want to share this passion with other people. One of the best ways to do this is to help inform/educate those from non-search backgrounds on search engine technologies: The simply put series will identify and explain important search technologies.
What do I want to know about search?
Is there anything you would like to know about search engine technology? Do you want me to include it in a simply put post? Please let me know:
- dissertation aim and objective
- My post Aim and Objectives was very appropriate for the above query because this post had an aim and objective for an undergraduate dissertation.
- “google” “image search” “2013” “censor”
- My post titled a new Google image was a good hit for this interesting query. It’s interesting because quotes should not be used for single words (e.g. “google”), but it indicates that this searcher has been using advanced searches.
- geraldmurphysearch wordpress
- This query was a perfect hit for this blog because (i) geraldmurphysearch is in my domain name (receiving a higher ranking), (ii) each of these words (i.e. gerald murphy search) feature throughout this blog (including heading tags, titles etc). For this reason, search engines know that my blog is about these words (term frequency)
- multi meta crawlers search engine names
- This was a difficult search because I have not published a post about meta crawlers and search engine names. It suggests, however, that search engines know my blog is about search engine technology. This query was related to search engine technology and my blog was a relevant hit.
- It common for people to enter a URL into a search engine. This search, however, still directs to pages on this blog because each of the terms in my domain (“gerald” “murphy” “search” “wordpress”) feature on other parts of this blog.
- An earlier post on cookies allowed this blog to be a hit for the BBC URL. This URL was used as a reference on my blog. This highlights that search engines have read each of my posts entirely (from the title/h1 tags to the references at the bottom of each post).
- is naver google in south korea statistics 2013
- My post on search related statistics was a good match to this search query because I briefly highlighted that Naver, a search engine in South Korea, is no longer the largest search engine in the South Korea.
- is bing better than google 2013
- search engine “better than google” 2013
- why google search is better than bing 2013
- is bing better than google
- bing is better than google censorship
- bing better than google
- These three queries lead users’ to the “Is Bing better than Google?” post. The term “2013” is mentioned in the body of the text, unlike the other terms which feature in the title.
- The second of these three queries used quotes in their search. Quotes find an exact phrase. This exact phrase was in the title and body of “Is Bing better than Google?” post.
- what is google glass?
- A post on what Project Glass is was an excellent match for this query.
It is clear that search engines know what this blog is about search engine technology.
Why is search analysis important?
I have been posting, quite openly, the searches I get for this blog (see analysis one, January (2013) analysis two). But why do I do it? A few of these reasons, in no particular order, can be found below:
- To inform my readers how search works. If you know why a search query returns a hit you will develop an understanding of how search works.
- By analysing results I can see which terms are, in reality, being used. Are there any other terms I would like to see? If so, I can work on these by placing them in future posts.
- Carrying out an analysis of the searches on my blog also displays my enthusiasm for search.
- By carrying out an analysis I get to re-post the terms on my blog. By doing so, I am adding to the amount of times these terms appear on my blog. By doing so, these terms will continue to rank high. A search for “gerald murphy seo” in the UK allows this blog to rank extremely well.
So, search analysis allows you to identify how people are finding your site on the web. This analysis allows you to focus on improving specified keyword analysis (by running a search you received to see what rank a specific search query has) which in turn can allow you to improve a ranking for search queries. An analysis also allows you to think about the future. What content are you thinking of publishing? How can you develop, and improve, a search?
A Feb analysis will be posted in a few week’s time.