When adding a URL to AltaVista,
you are only required to give the location of your site. AltaVista will
then 'spider' it, copying your html to the AltaVista database.
AltaVista downloads your page and indexes it, utilizing robot or spider technology. Alta Vista accesses each page and looks for every instance of the search within the indexed
pages. They return the pages with the following criteria first:
searched words are found towards the top
of a page (such as in the title)
queried words are found close to each other
The page contains one instance of the query
AltaVista views every page and article
on the web sequencentially. A word maybe mispelled but as long as that
word exists on the Web, AltaVista will search for it.
Meta tags add keywords and a description to pages without having that text visible to the user from their browser. AltaVista recognizes Meta Tags.
Getting The Best Results
To optimize your pages on AltaVista you should:
ensure your page contains your desired
keywords directly in the html
utilize keywords to your title
utilize the Meta Description and Meta Keyword
For very graphical sites,
AltaVista will index it from your Title and whatever text that is contained
in your html. Meta Tags are crucial as they enable you to define your page
on AltaVista and to ensure that the correct description is used.
- Meta Tags and text from pagesí html for
- Meta Description or first words on page
- standard keyword searches
- robots/spiders to visit your site