Websites get listed on search engine results only if the search engine spiders are indexing them. If they pass right by your pages, and don’t even know they exist, then you simply will not get listed. You’re probably aware of the basic steps to get search engine spiders “crawling” and indexing your pages, but you might have missed key reasons the spiders are skipping right over your content.

10 reasons search engines might not index your webpage.

Some pages are just not meant to be indexed by the spiders. This may not matter to your overall SEO strategy however it is important to understand what spiders do and don’t index.
Search engine spiders won’t index:

1. Pages only accessible by using a search form
2. Pages that require a log in
3. Pages that require visitors to submit a form
4. Pages that redirect to a different URL before showing content

Pages that spiders often ignore include:

5. Pages with too many outgoing links
6. Pages with complex URLs – these often give spiders an error result
7. Pages which are more than three clicks from the home page, often described as “deep pages”

Other factors that may prevent your web pages from being indexed by search engines:

8. Broken links from your site
9. A webpage that exceeds 105K
10. A slow loading time or a down server.

Finally, if your page is a flash page, search engine spiders just won’t be able to recognize it and won’t index it.

So, as you’re optimizing your website and specific web pages, pay attention to these factors.

The goal, of course, is to be indexed and to achieve first page search engine results.

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