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So what do you do? I mean, a webmaster should really be spending most of his time designing and creating his web pages, shouldn't he? Well, actually, yes and no. Promotion is a major part of being a webmaster - a site must be seen in order to be successful (otherwise why bother at all). Thus a webmaster must promote his site, and he should be spending some time on this practice every single day.
Of course, it would be silly to hand-submit your site to thousands of search engines and hundreds of thousands of FFA (Free for All List) pages.
One course of action is to hand submit your site to major search engines, then use submission services to submit it to medium sized and smaller ones. Don't forget about directories, especially Yahoo, Looksmart and DMOZ. These are very critical to getting traffic to your site.
There are many programs and services available to help you submit your site. Some of these are good, others are a complete waste of time and money.
Submit Wolf http://www.submitwolf.com/ This is a program into which you enter your site name, URL and details. The program then can be used to perform automatic submissions to thousands of search engines and FFA lists.
WebPosition Gold http://www.webposition.com Probably best way to get your site listed well in major search engines. This product combines every tactic into one concise and easy-to-use package.
Jim's Tools http://www.jimtools.com/ This awesome site includes a full suite of tools to help you submit your site to search engines, FFA lists and directories. Highly recommended.
Everything which submits to FFA pages You will find hundreds (or even thousands) of services which claim to submit to thousands, tens of thousands or even more "search engines". Actually, what they are doing is submitting to FFA pages. FFA pages are completely worthless as a promotional technique, and thus all of these services are pure garbage. Don't even bother wasting a minute looking at them.
I know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of other site submission services available. I look at them all with caution, as most of them are highly overpriced and many use or promote unethical submission practices (search engine spamming).
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