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Top search engines have their own standards. Like I previously stated, you need to be familiar with each and every one of search engines you plan to submit to. Each and every search engine will be different, so be prepared to submit each website differently. To get started, you probably can find that particular search engine’s home page to get information you need to submit your site. Look for labels such as, “Suggest a URL” or “Add my site”. Keep record of date, time and outcome of each of your submissions so you can keep track of where and when you did submissions. Keep this information on standby at all times since you may need to have this data to send follow-up emails to a search engine’s staff. The next question is; where should I submit my website? If you want to get noticed and successfully generate traffic to your site, you should plan on implementing your website to a minimum of 15 major top search engines. Since those top search engines are responsible for about 90% of traffic, so go with those specific search engines.
How long before I see my website in search engines?
That all depends on which search engines you submit to. To give you a very general idea on how long it takes to get submitted, here are some time frames from top search engines
MSN -- 2 Months Google -- Up to 4 Weeks Alta Vista -- Up to 1 Week Fast -- Up to 2 Weeks Excite -- Up to 6 Weeks AOL -- Up to 2 Months HotBot -- Up to 2 Months iWon -- Up to 2 Months
The basics of site submission have been addressed and major research needs to be done by you depending on which search engines you decide to go with. Don’t miss any steps and if you have any questions, take advantage of using customer service to get those right answers before you submit your website to those search engines. If you don’t do it right first time around, it won’t get submitted. Use that time preciously to make sure you have all your bases covered. Hopefully your rankings will show improvement this time around.
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