You need some housekeeping before installing a search engine for your site (local or remotely hosted). Without this preparation, search engine will not be able to index your site properly resulting in failure to locate information even when it is available.
Housekeeping involves mainly two tasks
In addition, you may have to perform few more tasks in case your site uses frames, flash or shockwaves.
Most of these issues were discussed in detail in previous articles on how to submit your site for search engines (please see the series on e-commerce fundamentals).
The best part is that - the same housekeeping will also work for universal search engines like AltaVista or Google and make your site more accessible.
The Next Step - Sign Up
Now that your website is ready to have a search engine, you need to sign up with a remote site search service. Signing up is the simplest thing on earth - most just ask you to register with your name, a password, and a URL for the robot to start at. The indexer will usually visit your site soon afterward, quickly making its way through all your links - so try to do this during a quiet time.
Which Search Service ?
There are hundreds of remotely hosted search engine services, free as well as fee-based. Usually, search services offer free service for small sites and charge a monthly fee when number of pages exceed a pre-defined limit.
Below is a list of remotely hosted search engine services.
Above is only a demonstrative list - there are many more good search services. This place is too short to list them all. You can use any good search engine to find the rest.
- Newsletter on Business Opportunties from India and Abroad
Vol: 3, Issue 23
September 26' 2002