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A Search Engine (like Google) goes and looks at your PAGES and stores a summary of what is actually on them. All they need to know is your URL.

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An Index (like Yahoo) is a catalog of SITES. You have to tell them your URL, description, keywords, and other information they need when you register. Indexes are often also called Directories.

You should only register your home page with Indexes, but you can register more than one page on your site with Search Engines.

The next time you get one of those "We can promote your site to 500 top search engines" spams, know that there are really maybe 15 real english-language search engines on the web. The vast majority of those "500 top search engines" are free-for-all links pages, which do not generate worthwhile traffic.

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