How to Submit to the Open Directory Project (ODP)

Written by Alan Grissett

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more specificrepparttar category you submit to,repparttar 128340 more targeted your traffic will be. After findingrepparttar 128341 right category to submit to, clickrepparttar 128342 "add URL" link atrepparttar 128343 top ofrepparttar 128344 page thatrepparttar 128345 category is presented on. The add URL page has three mandatory fields and one optional field to fill out in order to submit a site. The first field isrepparttar 128346 "Site URL" field, andrepparttar 128347 site's URL should be entered here exactly as it will appear inrepparttar 128348 directory. The second field isrepparttar 128349 "Title of Site" field. For this field, your company or organization name should most likely be used, but if possible try to throw in a keyword or two. For example, ifrepparttar 128350 name of my hypothetical business above is "No More Tickets", I would do well to addrepparttar 128351 phrase, "Defensive Driving School" torepparttar 128352 end of it. The reason for this is that search results forrepparttar 128353 ODP are based on keywords inrepparttar 128354 title and description (and to a certain extent inrepparttar 128355 URL, e.g. With this in mind, try to add some keywords when filling outrepparttar 128356 last field as well, "Site Description".

The site review and addition process can take anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending onrepparttar 128357 amount of submissions to that category andrepparttar 128358 category editor's responsiveness. It is slow process, but it's definitely worthrepparttar 128359 wait if you get a listing inrepparttar 128360 ODP.

Alan is the lead developer for InfoServe Media, LLC (, a Web development company that specializes in Web site design, hosting, domain name registration, and promotion for small businesses.

A Look at Ask Jeeves and Teoma - Part 2

Written by Robin Nobles

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Jim: "Yes it is."

(End of interview/chat session)

Let's take a longer look at Teoma

If you haven't visited Teoma yet and performed a few searches, you need to do so ( It's a really cool engine with some very interesting and helpful features.

For example, it's a no-nonsense engine like Google with one purpose only: search.

When you search at Teoma, you're given three sets of results:

* Results, which are relevant Web pages fromrepparttar Teoma index;

* Refine, which are suggestions for narrowing your search;

* Resources, which are link collections from experts and enthusiasts.

So with Teoma, if your search results are too broad, you can immediately narrow them down by choosing one ofrepparttar 128339 suggestions inrepparttar 128340 Refine section.

And, inrepparttar 128341 Resources area, you'll find "experts" in that particular focus area. This is an excellent place to find related and important sites that might be good candidates to contact about swapping links.

More on Ask Jeeves

Ask Jeeves isrepparttar 128342 "question answering" search engine, which puts it into a class of its own. (

Atrepparttar 128343 top ofrepparttar 128344 search results, you'll see a "featured sponsor" section, which is their Premier Listing advertisement that we've discussed previously.

With some searches, you'll see a "sponsored links" section, which are results currently being provided by Overture. However, on September 3, Ask Jeeves will be switching to Google for their paid listings.

Then, you'll find search results from Teoma, followed by a section called, "Other people with your search have also asked:" In that section, you'll see additional questions that may help answer your initial question, with results coming from

Like at Teoma, you can narrow your search down by choosing one ofrepparttar 128345 search terms onrepparttar 128346 right-hand side ofrepparttar 128347 page.

Ask Jeeves recently entered into an agreement with Google to display their Google AdWords in Ask Jeeves results effective September 3, 2002. Those results will be shown at both Ask Jeeves and Teoma as "sponsored links." For more information, visit: echnology/AP-Ask-Jeeves- Google.html

In Conclusion

Teoma has taken overrepparttar 128348 old Direct Hit site, and I believe we'll see some big things out of this fascinating engine inrepparttar 128349 future.

Ask Jeeves is as it's always been: unique - a place where you can go and ask a question and be presented with several possible answers.

If you haven't submitted your site to Ask Jeeves/Teoma, and if your site isn't found inrepparttar 128350 Teoma index, I strongly suggest that you consider their pay inclusion program and become a part of their index.

Robin Nobles, Director of Training, Academy of Web Specialists, ( has trained several thousand people in her online search engine marketing courses (

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