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HTML Tutorial Part 16: Counters, Guestbooks and Search Engines

Note: This chapter only applies if your web page is stored on a web server, and not on your local hard drive.

Both counters and guestbooks require access to the web server on which your web pages are hosted, and the ability to write CGIs.

However, for those of us who host our web pages at a service provider, and not on our own web server, and do not want to write our own CGIs, there are free services who offer counters and guestbooks.


A counter is just what you would imagine it to be: a count of how many people have accessed your web site.
This is very useful information, but not necessarily information you would like to display to everyone! If you don't expect your site to get many "hits" (visits), consider displaying the counter on a page that only you know the address for, and not on your main home page.


A guestbook is a page where visitors can enter comments about your site, and especially view the comments left by other people. Click here to sign our guest book.

The following web sites provide you with free guestbook facilities (they typically provide you with a page where visitors enter comments, and then store all the entered comments for you):

Search Engines

If you are providing a commercial service, it is a good idea to submit your web page location to several different search engines. All the major search engines provide you with a screen where you can submit your location. Look for a link to this on their home pages.

There are also a few services which will submit your location for you to many different search engines at once, saving you having to go to each search engine yourself.

Inktomi's Guaranteed Search Engine Submission service assures that your web site pages 'get in' and 'stay in' the search index which powers top search sites on the Web, including AOL, MSN, iWon, and HotBot. Plus, you'll receive benefits you don't get with basic submission services:
  • Fast Placement — Your listings will be included in top search engines in about 72 hours! Not weeks or months.
  • Automatic Updates — Your listings in the index are updated multiple times every week to check for fresh content on your Web pages and to ensure that changes to your pages are reflected.
  • Online Account Management — Confirm your Web pages have been added to the index, check status and make changes anytime during the subscription period-- at no additional charge!
  • Online Traffic Reports — See how many searchers visited your Web pages and which search terms they used. Reporting is updated daily! Click here to view a sample report. Click here for more information.

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