Internet in Russia and Ukraine - Part 2. Major RuNet and UaNet Search Engines and Directories

Written by Vyacheslav Melnik


This article offers an updated list ofrepparttar Russian and Ukrainian search sites to webmasters and website owners who seek to expand internationally. To read General Information on RuNet and UaNet, please go to http://www.azurel10n.com/ar_runet1.htm

Russian Search Engines and Directories

Yandex.ru Founded in 1997 as a search engine and directory,repparttar 131793 site currently provides some additional search and indexing services via Yandex projects such as zakladki.ru, narod.ru, smart system for choosing goods, link popularity check, etc. Yandex indexesrepparttar 131794 Russian portion ofrepparttar 131795 Internet, Russia-related resources and some Cyrillic Web resources in languages of ex-Soviet republics, Ukrainian in particular. The search engine reads meta tags and considers keyword density and link popularity in its ranking algorithm. The Yandex directory still accepts sites without payment, butrepparttar 131796 free inclusion procedure may take months and provides no guarantee for placement. To be listed inrepparttar 131797 directory within three working days, commercial and non-commercial sites must pay US$249 and $49 respectively, plus VAT. Generally speaking, Yandex looks like Yahoo when it comes torepparttar 131798 controversial idea of charging for listing in a directory, while a free-inclusion search engine drives primary search results onrepparttar 131799 site. In addition to HTML-formatted content,repparttar 131800 Yandex search engine indexes PDF, RTF and dynamically generated pages. By mid-September 2003, Yandex had indexed about 110 million pages with unique content.

Rambler.ru The site is a search engine combined with two directory-based rating systems: Rambler's Top100 and Rambler's TopShop. Since its foundation in 1996,repparttar 131801 search engine has been indexingrepparttar 131802 Russian Web segment andrepparttar 131803 content with domains of other post-Soviet countries. Rambler ignores meta tags. Being listed inrepparttar 131804 Top100 directory is very beneficial to a site, becauserepparttar 131805 Rambler search engine reviewsrepparttar 131806 listed URLs daily, while other sites are visited every two weeks at most, except news sites that are spidered five times a day. Rambler offers free inclusion service. The search engine conducts over 1.1 million searches a day.

Aport.ru Search engine and directory. Aport indexesrepparttar 131807 Russian Web segment andrepparttar 131808 content with domains of other post-Soviet countries. The ranking algorithm considers meta tags, alt and title tags, keyword density, inbound links, commentaries and some other factors. The search engine indexes dynamic pages. The integrated directory is based on @Rus, once an independent search site. Both search engine and directory offer free inclusion. Aport operates as a constituent part of a Rol.ru portal that, in addition to its search options, offers services nationwide as an ISP and provides access to news (Rol.ru/news), sample essays (Referat.ru), entertainment pages (OMEN.Ru) and online games (Absolute games).

Google.com.ru - Not Google.Ru! Despite Google still lags behindrepparttar 131809 above search engines in Runet / Uanet search traffic, it becomes increasingly popular withrepparttar 131810 local searchers. Some opinion polls state that Google still accounts for three to nine percent of Runet search traffic, but many webmasters and analysts believe that its share in total searches onrepparttar 131811 Russian search sites is 10 percent atrepparttar 131812 very least. Google applies its general indexing rules to any Web content in Russian or related to Russia, whether or not a domain name is specific to Runet. This is a big advantage over its Russian competitors that are not so friendly torepparttar 131813 websites with domain names like "yoursite.com", "yoursite.org", etc. and require them email their applications for inclusion. However, there seems little chance of Google takingrepparttar 131814 lead in Russia and Ukraine unless it improves its search algorithm in terms ofrepparttar 131815 Russian and Ukrainian language morphology (flexions, synonyms, etc.). The drawback to morpheme search also means that web copy in Russian or Ukrainian should be crafted specifically for Google.

Many users still confuse Google (www.google.com.ru) with Google.Ru (www.google.ru). The first address isrepparttar 131816 true URL path to Google's standard interface in Russian, whilerepparttar 131817 second domain name has been cybersquatted on since August 2001. The site "Google.Ru" now operates as an information portal that delivers brand-name Google's search results.

Lycos.ru Lycos Russia, a branch of Lycos Europe, first appeared onrepparttar 131818 Internet in August 2001. You can add your URLs to Lycos Russia's search engine and directory for free. The search site is very helpful in doingrepparttar 131819 combined global-and-regional searches. Obviously, Lycos Russia stands a good chance of being ranked higher amongrepparttar 131820 local search sites, but it may take a few more years for Lycos, still popular with Europeans, to ensure its profitability and growth onrepparttar 131821 Russian Web.

Punto.ru Search engine. Founded in 2001. Punto can filter out duplicated copy in search results, leavingrepparttar 131822 most relevant page. The search site has a software module that changes misspellings so that any misspelled keyword or phrase you type in cannot affect search results. Searches in Ukrainian are possible as well. The ranking algorithm places great importance on link popularity.

Turtle.ru The search engine with a bit peculiar name began operating in mid-2002, having over 81 million pages in its searchable database. Despite its name, Turtle does searches quite fast, but it displaysrepparttar 131823 less relevant search results, compared torepparttar 131824 top four engines. Turtle declares that it indexesrepparttar 131825 regional Internet portions of ex-Soviet republics (the CIS countries) in their national languages as well asrepparttar 131826 Russian-language Web resources of other countries. However, when I tested Turtle recently, it failed to do searches in Ukrainian. Automatic submission is not allowed.

Tela.ru A search engine that spidersrepparttar 131827 Russian portion ofrepparttar 131828 Internet and considersrepparttar 131829 Russian-language morphology. There is a Ukrainian search page onrepparttar 131830 site, but it provides poor search results in Ukrainian. Tela needs no submission for a webpage to be indexed.

Problems Found After Indexing 200 Websites

Written by Rob Wiley


NADmedia has a service that will include a member intorepparttar directory. Oncerepparttar 131791 member is inrepparttar 131792 directory viewers can search for a New Media Professional by state or province. Oncerepparttar 131793 members website url is entered intorepparttar 131794 databaserepparttar 131795 members entire website is indexed. Users can use NADmedia search engine to find relative keywords that they enter. After indexing 200 websites I've found a lot of problems withrepparttar 131796 way web builders are using there meta information. If you have a website that you are making public, why hide what you have to offer? One ofrepparttar 131797 biggest problems found with about 40% ofrepparttar 131798 sites Iíve indexed was withrepparttar 131799 title of web pages. Duplicate titles were used for different pages. Each page was different. When you duplicaterepparttar 131800 title of web pages it is a waste of resources. The search engines are only going to record one of those pages. Just as when you use duplicate keywords, search engines will consider those keywords as an act of spamming. Same goes for titles. Web masters be careful to pay close attention when it comes to meta tags. Your title should coincide withrepparttar 131801 content of your page.

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