Submit Your Site to the Search Engines
The next step is to start inviting the world to your new business. Since it can take as long as a couple months to show up in the search engines I decided to do this when I have only the bare minimum of content. By the time I get my first referral I will have a decent site full of content.
Open Directory Project
- This is a directory rather than a search engine. It is my understanding that many other search engines use this as a reference, so getting a listing in here is essential. I went to their home page and navigated to the category that best described my site Personal Finance. There is a link on the top of the page “Suggest URL”; from this link I added the info for my site. Wait and see. Apparently they don’t accept many sites and it is uncertain what the criteria is…but it’s worth a shot.
- Goes without saying that I want to invite Google to index my site. I went here and entered my URL and a brief description. Wait and see.
- MSN is determined to steal some market from Google and it is easy to suggest a URL with them here. Wait and see.
- Submit to Yahoo here.
Now I have submitted to every search engine that matters. I’ll be watching the logs to see when the search engine’s spider find my site. At this point I’m not going to pay for any traffic because I have many other ideas for promoting my site that don’t require cash. It will be considered a milestone when I see my site show up on any of these four engines.
Tips from Experience
- When entering your site address into the boxes for these search engines open a new browser and go to the home page of your site, now copy and paste the address from your site (including http://) into the box. This eliminates the possibility of a typo. In addition, you only need to submit your home page the search companies have a program called a spider that follows all the links and catalogues all the pages on your site.