Search engine Submission
Using these links you can submit to all the major search engines for free.
Manually submitting your Site to Search Engines
Manual submissions are more effective than auto submits and you are less likely to generate any spam.
The important search engines to be listed on include:Google http://www.google.com/addurl.html
New, and potentially important, search engines include:Wisenut http://www.wisenut.com/submitSite.html
What Happens after Submission?
Once your website has been submitted it will be visited by the search engine robot. This software will visit your site and "spider" it, basically crawling through the HTML of the site to obtain information about the nature of the content.
The content of the title is important to most search engines, the meta tags important to some but not all. Some search engines such as Alltheweb.com will crawl through the links to other pages on your website and index the sub pages on your site as well as your homepage, on other search engines such as Altavista you will need to submit each page manually.
There is usually an instruction or information on the submission page to let you know about this.
Search engines can take weeks to visit your website, and patience and ongoing effort is necessary to establish worthwhile rankings. You should check the position of your website on a monthly basis, using the key phrases you have defined. If your website has not been indexed you can resubmit, but you should not submit your site more than once a month.
Submitting to Directories
Directories are different to search engines in that they are compiled by humans rather than computers.
Important directories to be listed on include:Yahoo! http://docs.yahoo.com/info/suggest/
Open Directory http://dmoz.org/add.html
For commercial websites payment is necessary to submit to Yahoo! and LookSmart. For non commercial websites it may take some time to see a listing for your site included. However, once in, all three should bring your website quality traffic.
When submitting your website to any of these directories the title and description you enter into the submission form is crucial to how your site will be listed. Ensure that you include your most important key phrases, and keep your entry short and to the point. By doing this the editor will hopefully not see a need to reword it and take out all of your key phrases.
Open Directory is free for commercial websites to submit to and results from this directory can also be seen at Google, All The Web, Altavista, HotBot and Yahoo.
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