The Info List - Web Indexing

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WEB INDEXING (or INTERNET INDEXING) refers to various methods for indexing the contents of a website or of the 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
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 .


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


* 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
Index A-Z

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


* 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
mirroring software * Web search query * Voice search * Natural language search engine * Web query classification


* Image search * Video search engine *