Where do search engines start crawling?

by elmo.conroy , in category: SEO , 6 months ago

Where do search engines start crawling?

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by emelie , 6 months ago


Search engines typically start crawling websites from a list of URLs known as a "seed list." This list is compiled by the search engine's algorithm and typically includes popular or authoritative websites in a particular topic or industry.

The search engine's crawler, also known as a spider or bot, will begin by visiting the URLs on the seed list and then follow any links on those pages to discover and crawl new pages. The crawler will also revisit previously crawled pages to look for updates or changes.

Search engines use complex algorithms to determine the relevance and importance of a website, based on various factors such as content quality, inbound links, user engagement, and more. As the crawler indexes more pages and gathers more data, the search engine's algorithm will continually adjust and refine its rankings to provide the most relevant and useful results for its users.