What Does A Search Engine Do



I am going to leave out the techy terms so that you may better

understand and I know what to say. Lets keep this post simple and to the




Anyone just starting out should have a basic understanding of these

giant behemoth search engines and how webmasters can benefit from

the engines need for deliverable facts and information.



Searches are being conducted all over the world second by second and

minute by minute with responses being delivered just as fast.


They can be a source of traffic for webmasters

and business owners but only if we know how or what to do

in order to tap into this vast resource.


Understanding How Search Engines Work


Search engines are complicated software systems that are designed to grab

relevant information from its ginormous data banks and deliver that info to

anyone that types in either a website URL address, a question, or a few




The info that is served up by the search engine may be web images or files

that all pertain to the initial search.



A search engine could be viewed as a very large complicated answering




These search monsters use a web crawler or

spiderbot that constantly trolls the internet for

indexing and placement of new and relevant

material as well as the previously indexed data.



There are settings within a website back office that

allows for pages or posts that when checked direct 

engine to not craw or index that page or post.



These pages will be left out of the index, along with

pages that will not be linked to.



The information that the web crawler puts together is stored and served up

by the search engines.



Search engines are executed by company-specific computer code and

algorithms that determine which are the best results to deliver.



Normally, well documented and referenced pages rank higher and land on

the search engines upper part of the results pages.



These can be considered authority sites which are more often searched for

by consumers and could be considered popular sites.



The more often a website is being searched, or its popularity will give that

site a boost within a search engines algorithm.



The more popular a site becomes will give rise to that site’s posts or pages

being served up by the search engine as answers to queries of that or

similar topics.



An algorithm is simply a set of rules or directions in a certain order on how

to accomplish any particular task. For example, a cooking recipe is an




You add certain ingredients in a particular order to get the desired outcome.

Every search engine has its own personalized algorithm and is considered

their trade secret.



Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization or SEO for short means to configure your site

in a way as to make it easy for a search engine’s bot to crawl your site and

index the material within your site in the most efficient way.



There are several ways to do this.



Writing within given parameters can always keep your material optimized

and ready to be crawled and indexed in quick fashion.



When including links in your work try and create links within the text

instead of having click here links.



Those Click here links have no SEO value aside from the URL attached to




Instead of the words click here it is best to use a name or title of what you

are talking about, gaining some keyword value.



Try and use descriptive links where ever suitable.



This improves SEO, adds value to your content and helps those with

disabilities that are using screen readers.



When you are using audio or visual media always include an alt tag or

alternative label.



This helps your material get indexed


SEO-Search-Engine-Optimizationand categorized for

further indexing

improving SEO.



When someone

searches on the Internet, they usually enter one or more words in a search

engine and this is what the search engine uses to locate the information and

serve it up to the respectful searcher.



The results are the ones that, according to the search engine, are relevant to

the search word or phrase that was used in the query.



When you choose keywords for your work it is absolutely necessary to use

a keyword search tool. 



This will help you find keywords that are not saturated with competition

that can lower your chance of getting ranked higher on the page.



Some information provided by some of these research tools would be how

many websites are using that same keyword, how much traffic you can


expect using that keyword, and what variations of a phrase would be better

or worse according to what you are trying to achieve.



As cell phone and tablet markets continue to grow it is very important that

you make sure the hosting and or web builder service that you use is


implementing the necessary coding to automatically optimize your site for

the different devices.



The different website builders have different themes that the website

structures are loaded on or built around.



I know that in WordPress there are many Website themes to choose from

and some are more smartphone-friendly than others.



With the market going in that direction this is something worth keeping in

mind when trying to build a responsive website.



Difference Between a Browser and a Search Engine


A browser is a software configuration that allows one to access and view

information on the Internet.



Some more popular Internet-Browser

browsers are Google


Chrome, Firefox by Mozilla, Yahoo-owned by Verizon, Safari from Apple,

and Internet Explorer from Microsoft.



A Search Engine, on the other hand, points you in the direction of a website

that correlates to the words that you type into your search bar within your




The search engine then goes through their databases of information in

order to locate the information you are looking for.


You use a browser to access a search engine.


I remember reading on the internet in the recent past that the difference

between a browser and a search engine is like driving a car: The windshield

would be the browser and the steering wheel would be the search engine.




Get A Better Search Engine Position 


Of all the different things that can affect your position in any search engine

the one main thing that will determine your success is your content and

how you present it.



You should be able to interject light witty comments as well as descriptive

useful information in a conversational type writing format.



In other words, just be yourself and write the facts to the reader.

Also, add fresh content and update your past works on a regular basis.



This will keep those spiders crawling and the search engines paying

attention to your work.



When first starting out try and create a short keyword rich URL for your




This is not always possible and is not a deal breaker but every advantage no

matter how small a detail is always a step in the right direction.



Make a useful, informational site, and accurately describe your content

with proper grammar and sentence structures.


Write for the reader.


There are many facets to understanding what a search engine does and

how to get a better position in the searches.



Focusing on them all or even several when starting out would be a mistake.

Get good at the most important and the rest will come as you immerse

yourself in the craft.


Content is king and that my friend will never change.



Take Away


I hope you have learned some useful facts about how a search engine works

and how we can benefit from this world wild information highway.



You know, we are all on a journey, a venture of learning and interacting

with new relationships and newer technologies that were not around a

short time ago.



We can embrace the new and make the not so new better by our willingness

to share our experiences, good and bad, with those coming up that yearn

for direction in an ever-changing digital world.



The many aspects of the internet and how it all comes together can be very

confusing if a person looks at it as a whole.



When broken down into pieces or segments these aspects can be learned

and implemented much easier.



This is how the Wealthy Affiliate has its courses and classes set up

increasing the success of their members.



Try the free membership and take advantage of the free training.

The free membership is free forever and includes 2 free websites.



If you have any questions or comments about anything at all please leave

them below in the comments section. I would love to hear from you.



All The Best


Paul Price

6 thoughts on “What Does A Search Engine Do

  1. Paul,

    This is a very interesting and informative article.  There are distinct differences between a search engine and a browser.  Your post outlined the differences very well.

    Your points about SEO were informative as well.  Especially the fact that the search engines use bots to scour the internet looking for unique content.  I will keep these in mind as I write my posts.



  2. Paul this is a great “primer” on terms we hear so often these days but rarely see defined or explained. You’ve provided some basic but invaluable ground-work for anyone trying to understand search engines operate. It’s especially helpful that you pointed out how they differ from a browser. Anyone using the internet and especially anyone interested in creating their own blog or website needs to be sure they grasp all the insights you’ve covered in this informative article.

  3. With search engines being at the absolute core of basically all human searches globally, I think mastering them and understanding how to use them as a tool instead of just a time waster is so key. Keyword research tools like the one you mentioned absolutely changed the way I view online business. When you know exactly what your target audience is looking for down to their search words, there is money to be made 🙂 Nicely explained.

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