The Aardvark search engine helps you find Web pages in Africa and on the World Wide Web. We have documented different ways in which to search for a site on Aardvark. You tell Aardvark what you're looking for by typing in keywords or phrases in the search box. Aardvark responds by giving you a list of all the Web pages in our index, relating to those topics. The most relevant content will appear at the top of your results.
The Aardvark search box contains the following elements:-
Here's an example:
When Searching for Keywords like bicycle pump or a phrase, e.g. Book on the latest sports cars, you must NOT surround the keyword or phrase with inverted commas (ie. "Book on the latest sports cars" will not work as a search option).
Here's an example of the correct method:
Aardvark searches are not case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, will be understood as lower case. For example, searches for michael jackson, Michael Jackson, and MicHaEL jAcKsOn will all return the same results.
Here's an example:
Aardvark ignores common words and characters, known as stop words. Aardvark automatically disregards such terms as "where" and "how," as well as certain single digits and single letters, because these terms rarely help narrow a search, and can slow down searching significantly. Use the "+" sign to include stop words in your search. Be sure to include a space before the "+" sign. You can also include the "+" sign in phrase searches.
Here's an example to search for Star Wars, Episode 1:
A meta tag in your home page supplies the search engine with relevant information about your site, which makes it easier for searchers to find you.
You can use the Meta Description tag to summarise the contents of each page. Many local and Web-wide search engines will display this as part of their results, so it provides you an opportunity to present the page in its best light. This is easier than it looks - you'll find that many of your pages can use very similar descriptions with just the specific topic words changed.
Keywords are also an important part of your pages. They allow search engines to identify the most important elements of the page and to rank the results so that the most relevant pages are at the top.
You can also include common misspellings or other words that may not appear anywhere on the page. A good set of keywords encapsulates the specific topics the page covers. Use the example below to help set up your meta tags.
Below is an example of how a meta tag could look when embedded in your website.
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en" xml:lang="en">
<title>Add the title for your site in here</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<meta name="Description" content="Add a description of your site in here" />
<meta name="keywords" content="keyword1, keyword2, keyword3" />
<meta name="language" content="english" />
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-za" />
Site Content goes here.
Note: Replace the bold writing with your site's information.
If you are using frames on your site, make sure to add the meta tags to the container page. If you require further information on meta tags, contact Aardvark's Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org