By Dawn Rowlett
Search Engine Positioning Specialist
Before you even think about search engine submission options,
your web site should be optimized for the best possible rankings
for your important keyword phrases.
-- Get Linked!
It's always best to have quality incoming links to your web site
before you submit to any search engine. Many of today's popular
engines will place a large part of their ranking algorithm on
the number of quality, incoming links that are pointing to your
-- Manually Submit Your Pages
When you are ready to submit, we recommend that you submit manually
to each of the major search engines. Do not ever use a submission
software program and do not hire a company who claims to submit
your site to hundreds or thousands of search engines. More than
likely, they will be using an automated program that can penalize
your web site.
Most search engines offer a free submission program. This is your
best option if your budget does not allow for paid submissions.
Inclusion Submission Programs
When a search engine offers pay inclusion submissions, this method
is always recommended over the basic free submission options.
paid submissions do not normally include spidering your entire
site. Your paid submission will include the page that you submit
only. When it is possible, submit all of your important pages
through paid submissions. However, this can get very expensive.
If your budget doesn't allow you to submit all of your pages,
submit the rest of your pages through basic free submissions.
your web site has not been optimized and prepared for your keyword
phrases, paid submissions will not guarantee any specific rankings.
Page To Submit?
Depending on the engine, you may be submitting all of your important
pages or just your main page. Other engines don't require submission
at all and actually prefer to find your web site through other
links pointing to your web site from other sites.
Engine Submission Guidelines:
Prefers to find your site by other quality sites linking to
Submit all of your important pages. Only 5 pages can be submitted
per day through free submissions.
Submit only your most important page through basic submissions.
Submit only your most important page through basic
Submit all of your important pages. Only 1 page per
day can be submitted through free Inktomi submissions.
Search engines such as AOL, MSN, HotBot, IWon, Netscape and Excite
wont require individual submissions. Submit to the major search
engines and your listings should be picked up by other engines
that don't require submission, as long as your web site is optimized
for your keywords.
You should always submit your site the same way. If you submit
http://www.mysite.com, always use that format. If you submit using
http://mysite.com, always use that format. We prefer to submit
NOT using the www. Never submit using your IP address. Avoid cutting
and pasting your URL when submitting. This can cause potential
problems. The time you will save by cutting and pasting is not
worth the potential trouble it can cause.
Paid Submissions: 14 days or less depending on
Submissions: 14 days - 4 months.
Submission: Will depend on the number of links and the
quality of the links pointing to your web site from other sites.
A minimum of 10 quality links is recommended for indexing in Google
within 3 approximately months.