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Web indexing (or Internet
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.[1] Back-of-the-book-style web indexes may be called "web site A-Z indexes".[2] 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.[3] 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[edit]

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

Further reading[edit]

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 An example of a Backlink Indexer

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Internet
Internet
search

Types

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

Tools

Local search Vertical search Search engine marketing Search engine optimization Search oriented architecture Selection-based search Social search Document retrieval Text mining Web crawler Multisearch 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 Enterprise search Semantic search

Protocols and standards

Z39.50 Search/Retrieve Web Service Search/Retrieve via URL OpenSearch Representational State Transfer Website
Website
Parse Template Wide area information server

See also

Search engine Desktop search Online search

References[edit]

^ "Indexing the Web American Society for Indexing". www.asindexing.org. Retrieved 2015-11-25.  ^ Kundu, Malay Kumar; Mohapatra, Durga Prasad; Konar, Amit; Chakraborty, Aruna (2014-05-26). Advanced Computing, Networking and Informatics- Volume 1: Advanced Computing and Informatics Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Advanced Computing, Networking and Informatics (ICACNI-2014). Springer. ISBN 9783319073538.  ^ Kundu, Malay Kumar; Mohapatra, Durga Prasad; Konar, Amit; Chakraborty, Aruna (2014-05-26). Advanced Computing, Networking and Informatics- Volume 1: Advanced Computing and Informatics Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Advanced Computing, Networking and Informatics (ICACNI-2014). Springer. ISBN 9783319073538. 

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