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WEB INDEXING (or INTERNET INDEXING) refers to various methods for indexing the contents of a website or of the Internet
Internet
as a whole. Individual websites or intranets may use a back-of-the-book index , while search engines usually use keywords and metadata to provide a more useful vocabulary for Internet
Internet
or onsite searching. With the increase in the number of periodicals that have articles online, web indexing is also becoming important for periodical websites.

Back-of-the-book-style web indexes may be called "web site A-Z indexes". The implication with "A-Z" is that there is an alphabetical browse view or interface. This interface differs from that of a browse through layers of hierarchical categories (also known as a taxonomy ) which are not necessarily alphabetical, but are also found on some web sites. Although an A-Z index could be used to index multiple sites, rather than the multiple pages of a single site, this is unusual.

Metadata web indexing involves assigning keywords or phrases to web pages or web sites within a metadata tag (or "meta-tag") field, so that the web page or web site can be retrieved with a search engine that is customized to search the keywords field. This may or may not involve using keywords restricted to a controlled vocabulary list. This method is commonly used by search engine indexing .

SEE ALSO

* Information architecture * Search engine indexing * Search engine optimization
Search engine optimization
* Site map
Site map
* Web navigation * Web search engine
Web search engine

FURTHER READING

* Beyond Book Indexing: How to Get Started in Web Indexing, Embedded Indexing, and Other Computer-Based Media, edited by Marilyn Rowland and Diane Brenner, American Society of Indexers, Info Today, Inc, NJ, 2000, ISBN 1-57387-081-1 * An example of an Internet
Internet
Index A-Z

* v * t * e

Internet
Internet
search

TYPES

* Web search engine
Web search engine
(List ) * Metasearch engine
Metasearch engine
* Collaborative search engine * Human flesh search engine

TOOLS

* Local search * Vertical search * Search engine marketing * Search engine optimization
Search engine optimization
* Search oriented architecture * Selection-based search * Social search * Document retrieval * Text mining
Text mining
* Web crawler
Web crawler
* Multisearch * Federated search
Federated search
* Search aggregator * Index /Web indexing * Focused crawler * Spider trap * Robots exclusion standard * Distributed web crawling * Web archiving * Website
Website
mirroring software * Web search query * Voice search * Natural language search engine * Web query classification

APPLICATIONS

* Image search * Video search engine *