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Q1:I have lots of pages in my site. Do I need to fill out a separate form for each at each search site?
A1: No. If you submit just your home page (which is presumably linked to all the other pages), the search spiders will crawl through all the links on the page (and all the links on the linked pages, and so on) until they have indexed all the pages on your site.
Q2:I submitted a request to be listed with a search engine, but my page never comes up, even when I enter my company's unique name. What can I do?
A2: All the big search engines offer a form you can fill out to check instantly whether a specific address is included in its database. If you find that your page isn't listed, you can submit another request form. Sometimes it takes days or even weeks for the spiders to get around to indexing your pages after you submit a request. Yahoo! is particularly infamous for being way behind on index requests because it employs human beings to check every page it lists.
Q3:When I put keywords in a <meta /> tag, do I need to include every possible variation of spelling and capitalization?
A3: Don't worry about capitalization; almost all searches are entered in all lowercase letters. Do include any obvious variations or common errors in spelling as separate keywords.
Q4:Can I use the <meta /> tag to make a page automatically reload itself every few seconds or minutes?
A4: Yes, but there's no point in doing that unless you have some sort of program or script set up on your Web server computer to provide new information on the page.


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