homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Become a Pro Member

Home / Forums Index / WebmasterWorld / Professional Webmaster Business Issues
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: LifeinAsia & httpwebwitch

Professional Webmaster Business Issues Forum

Search Engines vs. DataBases (access2k?)
Special Techniques ?

 8:13 pm on May 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

I've read somewhere on this forum, that even databases can get indexed by some search-engines.

I'me wondering if or what the page should have as a refferal ?



 8:17 pm on May 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

I think this should help

You can do a search for Mod_rewrite

I don't know how much it will help, deppends on what webserver you run, haven't found a good solution for IIS rewriting the url.

I would say that FAST is the best search engine to index dynamic content, Google and Inktomi is good too.

brotherhood of LAN

 8:21 pm on May 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

since my browser still doesnt work with new windows....i'll have a bash too :)

if you save a query in access you can query that without having a ??? in the URL. If you use frontpage, its pretty easy, just go to the database results wizard. Use your db connection and the query as your database results, and save the file as .asp. All should work well, but you would need FP extensions, but no doubt you will have them on the server already if you can use access (?)


 8:25 pm on May 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Nah, just because a server's set up for a DSN-Less Access connection, it doesn't mean that it'll be set up for Frontpage. It's a whole other set of extensions. True, though, that most servers that are set up for data access CAN be set up to run front page extensions - most of them require you to request it in your control panel as Front Page extensions take up (er, waste) a lot of valuable web space.

Google, for sure, will index ASP files so long as you don't have session information in the URL. (i.e. So long as the URL that the Googlebot gets for the page is the same url a user of your site gets for the page).


 11:05 pm on May 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

thanx to all,

Ime not using frontpage, and yes i ame using a access db.

1st i Must confess: i didn't checkout lazerzub's links yet, thanx for compiling them !! :)

so if i understand right, the search engines mentioned by you, do search db's and index it as a content of the page, if linked as [mysite.nl...] in a html/asp file ? , yes :) ?

brotherhood of LAN

 11:14 pm on May 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

From what ive seen [mysite.nl...] and [mysite.nl...] are treated as different pages. Of course....not many search engines can understand (parse?) URL's with a ? in it.

But like I said with access, if you make a query in access "where id = 1"...then you could make a "static" asp page without the ??? in it....so you dont have to bother about the whole ??? issue.

would definetely check out the mod-rewrite threads too. I have read them, but dont use mod_rewrite


 7:49 am on May 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

The MOD_Rewrite is not an option for me since ime running on a (hosted) win2k server.

But ime surely interrested in the BrotherhoodZ query solution!, i've been playing with it, but dont understand how i could use this as a "direct" entrance to the db? (btw. ime using 2 db's 560 and 1140 records)

Hoping you can show me ;)


 3:30 pm on May 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>so if i understand right, the search engines mentioned by
>>you, do search db's and index it as a content of the
>>page, if linked as [mysite.nl...] in a
>>html/asp file ? , yes ?

firstly, the database itself doesn't get spidered. ASP scripts will read from the database and display the output as HTML - it is this HTML that gets spidered.

spiders can read the URLs with name / value pairs (?id=1&xyz=123) and so on, but they dislike session IDs in the URL. keep session IDs out of the URL. there may be problems if your URL is too long or if you use too many name / value pairs, but i've never encountered any as i use no more than 2 name value pairs and i keep the URLs short just in case.

to get the entire database contents spidered, ensure your scripts generate links to every row in the database, ie:
and so on. this will allow the spider to find everything.

spiders cannot submit forms, so don't use a form where the user enters the id number and hits submit.

brotherhood of LAN

 3:34 pm on May 27, 2002 (gmt 0)


I can only really tell you the way I do it because I use frontpage and access for a website, and never really bothered looking into how the ASP "worked the database". instead I chose to start learning PHP

Basically, yeah, if you save a query in access then you can make pages without the query string in it. I'll send a sticky to you about the way I do it, but I know there are "cleaner, better" ways....thats why im learning PHP and saving me the embarassment of FP generateed ASP


 7:32 pm on May 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanx Crazy_Fool,
a robot actualy excecutes html and asp files for their search ?

Also Thanx BrotherHood,
for youre reactions, good luck on the PHP


 8:18 pm on May 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Crazy Fool, one other question.

ive seen some mixed emotions about using blind links; like <a href="mypage.htm></a>

do you know if they get indexed ?

thanx again !


 12:19 am on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>a robot actualy excecutes html and asp files for their search ?

think of a spider being like a browser. when a link to a script gets a hit, the server will process the script and generate HTML. a browser will interpret the HTML and display it as a web page. a spider will see the source code of the generated HTML (not the source code of the ASP script) just the same as if you use View source from the menu.

i have no idea whether blind links get spidered, but discussion in the google forum suggests that weighting is given to the text used in the link, so probably best to use some RELEVANT text there.

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  

Home / Forums Index / WebmasterWorld / Professional Webmaster Business Issues
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved