Search engines are in a constant state of change. Just when you think you've got rules down, someone comes along and changes them. If you've been paying attention lately, you'll notice that many of top search engines and directories are now charging for website submissions. What was once totally free now could cost you $199.00. The submission price is not for a top position, it's simply for a listing in index itself. Believe it or not, some of them will take your money, guaranteeing only that your site will be reviewed -- not listed.
Some of search engines and directories that were once independent have been bought out by other companies or borrow their search results from them to display on their own site. Keeping up with who owns what and who's charging for admission could drive you crazy. Come along with me for latest updates in insane world of search engines as I review major players in game today.
1) EXCITE: http://www.excite.com/info/add_url
Now partnered with LookSmart by submitting you'll also get listed with LookSmart's Network of partner sites such as Alta Vista, MSN, WebCrawler and Magellan.
Offers three levels of submission services. Express submit gives you a guaranteed review within two business days for $199.00.
Basic Submission is $99.00 but takes longer, with sites being reviewed in approximately eight weeks. Excite still offers a free service with no guarantee of a listing: Go to http://www.excite.com/info/add_url_form
2) ALTAVISTA: http://doc.altavista.com/addurl/
As one of LookSmart's partner sites, here you'll be presented with same submission prices as at Excite. Prices are $199.00 or $99.00. They do allow you to submit your site for free with no guarantee of a listing. Go to http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?pg=addurl#form
3) HOTBOT: http://hotbot.lycos.com/addurl.asp
The link above will submit your site to Inktomi web page database which is HotBot's partner. Another way of getting listed here is to submit your site to "The Open Directory Project" which is our next stop. Submission is still free at this time.
4) THE OPEN DIRECTORY PROJECT: http://dmoz.org/add.html
A good reason to get listed here is size and number of other search engines and directories that feed off its contents, such as AOL and Hotbot. Remember it's a directory and all submissions are reviewed by a human. When submitting, you need to find appropriate category for your site and then click "add URL" at top of that page. Submission is free.