Google is by far the most popular search engine available today for both ordinary surfers and webmasters alike.
Surfers like it because of the highly relevant results it gives and the speed at which it delivers them. This is due to its complex text matching algorithm and of course the Pagerank™ system that this engine uses. More on the Pagerank™ system later. Google is popular with webmasters and Internet marketing companies due to the highly workable ranking system it uses.
Unlike other engines where information about how the results are obtained are sketchy at best, Google actually publishes information on its site about the results it produces. Hence webmasters have things they can do to produce higher rankings.
What also makes Google popular with webmasters is the speed at which they will spider and list your site. If you’re not listed in Google and submit your URL you’re usually indexed within two weeks. If however your site is already listed in the index Google should reindex once every month, but more frequently if you’ve a high Pagerank™.
This indexing and reindexing time is much quicker than most other search engines. This allows webmasters to edit their pages properties such as title, first few lines of text, headings, keyword distribution and of course the number of incoming links to their site. They can then discover quickly if the changes they made were successful or not.
It’s because of this popularity that you need to know the workings of the Google search engine. Without knowledge of it you’ll be ranked lower than all other sites that are only slightly familiar with the Google algorithm and hence could lose lots of potential customers.