June 19th, 2002


Remote Site Search Services Report: IndexMySite

This is an off-site copy of the corresponding Product report page on the SearchTools.com website, and it is designed to allow you to comment on the product and/or the reporting. For more information about the topic of search and tools visit SearchTools.com where you can browse many articles, in-depth analysis and overviews of external resources.


The IndexMySite service will crawl your site and store your info in a remote database. When someone enters a query in the search form on your site, the IndexMySite server application receives the query, formats the results, and sends them back in an HTML form with links directly to the pages on your site.

This is a service from Tippecanoe using the Tecumseh Scout search engine.

Service Information

Platforms: all Internet-accessible web servers
Price: free first month; 100 pages @ $49 per year; 500 pages @ $6 per month; 1,000 pages @ $10 per month; 2,500 pages @ $15 per month; 5,000 pages @ $20 per month; 10,000 pages @ $30 per month; 25,000 pages at $50 per month, higher quantities available as well.


  • New as of June, 2002
    • Fee service - only the first month is free
    • Answers organized in category folders
    • Usage reports
    • Soundex (phonetic matching in search)
    • Stopword lists
  • New as of February, 2001
    • Index sites using SSL and HTTPS for security.
    • Index sites using Basic Authentication (name and password) for access control.
    • Improved ranking methodology.
    • Phrase detection.
    • Phrase searching with quote marks.
  • New as of December, 2000
    • Index PDF (Adobe Acrobat files), PostScript files and MP3 File Metadata
    • Phrase searching
    • Sort by date
    • Improvements to site map feature
  • Multiple domains in one index
  • Exclude subdirectories from being indexed
  • Scheduling of index updates
  • Customizable results pages
  • Editable Stopwords list

Reviews and Articles

SearchTools Review of Remote Search Services September 27, 1999 (updated October 1, 2000) by Avi Rappoport
Thorough discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using remote search services, how well their indexing robots handle standards and links, search and relevance ranking features, search features, results customization, maintenance and reporting.


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