Another search engine question on indexing cache etc.

Posted on 2006-05-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-27
If you do a search on yahoo for your site EXAMPLE: you should get the results of all pages yahoo has found and indexed of your site.
Now when they print out those results they print out a TITLE and a DESCRIPTION of your site usually.

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1-In order for them to print out results yahoo reads through each page of your site and caches certain information about each page it decides to index ? Is this correct in general....
the information they collect is not important now for now or where they get it from on the page.

2 - When you query yahoo for your site like in the EXAMPLE: and the results print out about the pages like Title and Desciption does this mean this is the only information that yahoo has cached in there db about each of those pages? or could they have more information about the page they have not shown.

3- Could a different query produce say a different description in the results?

Please just stay with my questions I know everyone means well when they go off topic.

Question by:smphil
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    1. Yes

    2. No, Yahoo will usually cache the entire page, but will only return certain results from the page, this could be for example the description in the description meta tag, or will return results from the page relevant to the search query, if a term was specified.

    3. Yes, that is what I meant above. If you search for a term, it might show text from where that term is found on the relevant page.

    Hope this is helpfull...

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