Is Search Engine Submission Necessary?

Written by Partha Bhattacharya


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Dilemma indeed. Getting in Google is a MUST, yet if you want your website to be liked by Google, it'd need *fingers* (meaning links) pointing at it.

The way out

ODP (Open Directory Project http://www.dmoz.org/) isrepparttar first choice. But there it takes a long time, being human-controlled initiative (consider consulting Seotie http://www.seotie.com/ to monitor your website's inclusion in DMOZ directory, in case you've submitted to ODP).

Another factor to think over is once listed in ODP, it is very difficult to alter your listing. Even a small change of a webpage url may render your ODP listing unworthy.

In comes thereforerepparttar 128327 necessity of submitting to other search engines,repparttar 128328 relatively smaller ones, yet important ones at that. There are in fact quite a few of them with decent traffic flow. An advantage here is most search engines list websites in relevant categories and therefore once listed, links from them are what I call *highly-targeted-link-sources*.

Where to find them

A handy list of nearly 50 search engines and directories according to their Alexa Traffic Rank is maintained by FreeWebSubmission http://www.freewebsubmission.com/, refreshed onrepparttar 128329 first of every month. For example, Google's Alexa rank is 5.

Other important ones in this list are AltaVista http://addurl.altavista.com/addurl/new (Alexa Rank 58), AllTheWeb http://www.alltheweb.com/add_url.php (Alexa Rank 199), What U Seek http://www.whatuseek.com/addurl-secondary.shtml (Alexa Rank 2523), ScrubTheWeb http://www.scrubtheweb.com/addurl.html (Alexa Rank 2555), ExactSeek http://www.exactseek.com/add.html (Alexa Rank 2471), SearchHippo http://www.searchhippo.com/addlink.php (Alexa Rank 3041), EntireWeb http://www.entireweb.com/eng/basic/ (Alexa Rank 3667), GigaBlast http://www.gigablast.com/addurl (Alexa Rank 6860) and Gimpsy http://www.gimpsy.com/ (Alexa Rank 7222).

FreeWebSubmission http://www.freewebsubmission.com/ also offers free submission to 20 search engines at one go. [Noterepparttar 128330 Alexa rankings given here are for August, 2003]. To know how Alexa ranks webpages, go here http://pages.alexa.com/exec/faqsidos/help/index.html?index=1.

Here is an interesting article by Barry Lloyd http://www.searchengineblog.com/columns/optimising_for_inktomi.htm. He proffers that optimizing for Inktomi can later translate into Google success. Don't forget to look at it http://www.searchengineblog.com/columns/optimising_for_inktomi.htm.

The bottom line

Search engine submission is but one small part of web success. If you stay put onrepparttar 128331 Web taking good care of your core business, chance is you'll be *discovered* sooner than later. Pause awhile now and then and renew your *friendship* with smaller search engines. The surfing traffic may seldom find you there, but Google surely will. And that's important.

Author of this article, Partha Bhattacharya, owns and operates EzyPost.Com offering reasonably-priced nicely-designed website templates and also website designing and promotion tips. Copyright Partha Bhattacharya, Webmaster, Www.EzyPost.Com, http://www.ezypost.com/.


Target Online Prospects with 'Laser Beam' Precision

Written by Jhonny Papas


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Stop targetingrepparttar wrong keywords to promote your web site on search engines. There's a powerful keyword researching tool which is very accurate and immensely crucial for your online business.

Did you know thatrepparttar 128326 "most popular keywords" arerepparttar 128327 ones that are will drain your budget on pay-per-click search engines? It is a statistical fact that popular searches are conducted by "freebie" hunters and accrue too much competition.

Here's where "Word Tracker" comes in to automate your researches forrepparttar 128328 most profitable keywords. You can use this tool to optimize your web site, discover "new buying trends" and even outperform your competition onrepparttar 128329 search engines.

Hint: Don't rely on Overture's keyword researching tool. It's often too bamboozled.

Here'srepparttar 128330 URL for Word Tracker : http:/ raffic-engine.net/keywords

If you were asked to describe your product with just one word, that wouldn't be feasible of course.

A "description" is always constituted by a phrase and that's where your most profitable keywords originate (from a multi-word phrase). Onrepparttar 128331 contrary a single word cannot describe a product or service. For instance, if you were offering "car quotes" this keyword-phrase would characterize your online business (not just "cars", or "quotes" - but "car quotes", or "new car quotes"...etc).

Recappingrepparttar 128332 entire methodology to leverage your productivity and ROI (Return On Investment):

--> Use Referral Tracking Software to Target your Customers Create a Database and match Referrer Sales Information withrepparttar 128333 correlated keywords to Optimize your Advertising Campaigns.

--> Automate your researches with keyword metrical tools (like Word Tracker).

--> Improve your sales copy and literature by succumbing emphasis onrepparttar 128334 most profitable keyword phrases entered in search engines by your customers.

Once you start implementingrepparttar 128335 "exposed" methodology you'll start harnessing biggest "bangs" on your advertising dollars... better ROI and high conversion ratios. More targeted traffic and highly-optimized marketing campaigns. You can even match your optimum keywords with demographic variables using sophisticated databases. The Internet is fairly considered an "Unrivaled Weapon" in every marketing arsenal. Use it wisely and watch your customer base skyrocket!

Jhonny Papas is the co-author of http://www.Traffic-Engine.NET and eCommerce Analyst


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