It is straight forward and simple to submit a website for free to the search engines and a task that can be done in a few minutes. However, there are plenty of companies offering search engine submission services, these services re-submit your website to the search engines periodically for a given time period. It amazes me that these services exist and amaze me more why people pay for them.
Google states on its webmaster pages that re-submitting your website to the search engine does not make a difference to sites ranking or to how quickly the site appears in the rankings and from experience this is also true in Yahoo! and Bing.
⇒ Why submit your site to the search engines?
Submitting your website to the search engine will make your website visible to its robot. A search engine robot is a web spider that runs across the internet, indexing web pages one at a time, following links it finds on other web pages. The submission of your website to the search engine will inform these robots to index your site. How quickly the robot indexes your website depends on the search engine, so no guarantees can be made.
Once your website has been indexed the search engine may rank your site relevant for certain keywords it has picked up on, although these are not taken from your keywords metadata. Again, this is not a guarantee and can take months (especially if it is Google) before your the site is visible to search engine users.
⇒ How do you know when your website has been indexed?
The first indication of this can be seen in your web analysis tool, usually under the section marked robots/spider visits. If you do not have such a tool, I’d recommend installing AW Stats which is free and will accomplish most people’s needs, or you can search through your websites log files for the IP addresses of the search engine spiders.
The main IP addresses to look out for are:
For a more detailed list take a look at the web robots. Once you have identified the robot visit to your website, it is time to see if your website has been indexed. To do this you will need to go to the search engine and type in the following command:
Replace http://www.yoursite.com for the web address of your website.
If the search engine returns your website then it means you have been successfully added to its index and can be found by search engine users. However, if your website does not appear to be patient it may take a while.
⇒ How to improve the chances of being indexed?
It is possible although not guaranteed to speed up the inclusion of your website to the search engines by having their spiders find your website before actually submitting your website to the engine. This can be done by having a website that has already been indexed link back to your website.
This can be done in several ways, some are examples are to have your website address as part of your signature in a forum, or by having your web design company give you a link as part of their portfolio.
In my experience, this has helped considerably and is always favorable to submitting a website manually to the search engines. Although, there is nothing wrong with manually submitting your website!
⇒ Is using a submission service bad for my website?
This does depend on how the company submits your website to the search engine. Search engines have become good at distinguishing between manual submissions and bulk automated submissions usually made from these types of services (sometimes having different URL’s available), normally when a search engine detects a bulk website submission it will usually process them slower than manual submissions.
⇒ What search engines should I submit to?
Be extremely wary of websites that say they can submit your website to 100’s if not 1000’s of search engines. The majority of these search engines will not provide you with any traffic and the website will likely sell your email address.
You should submit your website to the following search engines:
Search engine submission is about making your website visible to the search engine robots. This can be done by manually submitting them to the search engine via their own add site URL or from their robot finding you from another link. Search engine submission services that re-submit your website are in the end a waste of money.
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