Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask Jeeves all presented at Webmaster Worlds Super Session: Search Engines and Webmasters. They recapped the year and the progress each of their search engines have made. They also answered questions about getting sites indexed, bandwidth issues, reporting spam and other useful information for webmasters.
Here is a brief overview based on information from Search Engine Roundtable.
Ask Jeeves on how to get indexed:
When building a site, make sure you make it for your users. “Its all about content” without it, it’s hard to rank well. Link to good sites on the net. Make sure to have good, internal, navigation.
MSNs features for Webmasters
— Most Comprehensive
— Organic Crawl
— Exclusion – Robot.txt
— Inclusion – Submit URL (Free)
Yahoo: How to Get into the Index:
– Link new URL from existing page in index
– Make sure all URLs have inbound link
– Good authoritative links into site to encourage deep crawls
– Don’t make the site depth too extreme (3 or 4 levels is good)
– Use the free addurl service if all else fails (http://submit/search.yahoo.com/free/request)
Google on their achievements in the past year:
This year they announced; Google Maps, Google Local, Gmail storage, Video Search, Desktop, My Search History, Google Scholar/libraries, and Machine translation. Google Suggest, More & better communication (google blog), revamped webmaster pages, 10 engineers x 2 hours – 20 hours of answering questions, nofollow, radical improvements on 302s, google sitemaps, update bourbon, AdSense spam reports.
More information on the Super Session can be found over at the Search Engine Roundtable.