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What is Search Engine Indexing and How Does It Work?


Indexing is the process of collecting and cataloging all the content discovered during the initial crawling phase. Once a webpage is located, rendered, and analysed by search engine crawlers, its content is meticulously stored and organised within a comprehensive search engine index.


This indexed repository of content serves a pivotal role in enabling search engines to swiftly retrieve information when a user initiates a search query.


Without this organised index, searching through every individual webpage on the internet upon each user query would be an incredibly slow process. Instead, the index streamlines the process, allowing search engines to efficiently deliver content that is relevant to a user's specific query.


You have a degree of control over which pages are included in the index through the use of meta directives, such as "noindex" and canonical tags. These directives play a key role in instructing search engines regarding how certain pages should be treated. You can delve deeper into the concepts of noindex tags [here](link to noindex tags resource) and canonical tags [here](link to canonical tags resource).


For additional insights into how search engines operate and the intricacies of search engine indexing, you can explore the following resources:

How Search Engines Operate

Search Engine Indexing

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