How to Get Your Site Listed in the Major Search Engines

Written by Herman Drost

How to Get Your Site Listed inrepparttar Major Search Engines Copyright by Herman Drost

Getting your web site listed inrepparttar 128162 major search engines is an absolute necessity. Why? Because 80% of all people onrepparttar 128163 Internet use them when searching for information.

Findingrepparttar 128164 correct information on major search engines can be very frustrating. Search engines keep changing their strategies. Some which were free, are now charging high fees. Previous ones, have been bought out by others.

This article will give yourepparttar 128165 most current information concerningrepparttar 128166 major search engines since these haverepparttar 128167 most searches. Some of them are still free, whereas others are fee-based. Pay per click search engines will be addressed in future articles.

Here arerepparttar 128168 major search engines, listed in alphabetical order.

1. (Fast Search) This is one ofrepparttar 128169 largest indexes onrepparttar 128170 Web.

Free - It takes 2 weeks for your site to be indexed. There is no guarantee to get listed.

2.. Altavista.

Free - this gives you a basic submission. You can add up to 4 URLS and be considered for inclusion in 4-6 weeks. There is no guarantee of inclusion.

Paid - AltaVista Express Inclusion. Guaranteed submission within 48 hours. Price $39.00 I URL for a 6 month subscription

3. Ask Jeeves.

This is powered by and It takes 7 days to be included.

Price. 1st URL$30.00 URLs 2 - 1000$18.00 each

4. Google:

Google isrepparttar 128171 top choice for searchers.

Free it is free to submit but there is no guarantee of a listing. Allow 1 month for your listing to appear.

Paid What isrepparttar 128172 Google Adwords Program? This is where you purchase highly targeted advertising based onrepparttar 128173 keywords and phrases you select. When a person enters that keyword you selected, your ads are displayed.

Price $15/ thousand ads shown for position 1 $12/ thousand for position 2 $10/ thousand for position 3 $8/ thousand for positions 4 through 8

5. Infospace.

Free to submit, however you need to fill out a form to get listed.

6. Inktomi.

Inktomi's search engine has an extensive network of Web search partners, including AOL, iWon, MSN and HotBot. It refreshes your site every 48 hours, to keep your content up to date inrepparttar 128174 index.

Price First URL costs $39.00/year. Each URL thereafter costs $25.00/year.

7. Looksmart.

The LookSmart Network consists of partner sites that userepparttar 128175 content ofrepparttar 128176 LookSmart directory in their directory search results. Partners include more than 370 ISPs andrepparttar 128177 following top portals: MSN, Altavista, Netscape, Infospace,, CNet. According to their web site, they reach 77% of all Internet Users.

To submit your site, go torepparttar 128178 bottom ofrepparttar 128179 page, where it says "submit a page".

Price $49 Listing Set-Up Fee. $150 minimum refundable deposit for new customers. LookSmart tracksrepparttar 128180 number of clicks your listing receives acrossrepparttar 128181 LookSmart Network. Every click received by your listing results in a $0.15 deduction from your account balance.

It takes several days for your site to appear, longer for Looksmart's partners.

How to Get FLASH Indexed in the Search Engines

Written by Robin Nobles

Perhaps you can relate torepparttar involuntary groan elicited by search engine optimizers when a client presents an expensive new Web site featuring high quality FLASH movie content.

Of course,repparttar 128161 client (or maybe your boss?) is thrilled withrepparttar 128162 dazzling presentation, and they rarely fail to mention what a "small fortune" it cost to produce before adding "it's worth it!...don't you agree? All it needs now is for YOU to optimize it for findability inrepparttar 128163 search engines."

Isn't it funny? ... how they fail to noticerepparttar 128164 color rushing to your face as you suppressrepparttar 128165 urge to scream and opt instead forrepparttar 128166 tactful approach, patiently explaining (once again) that FLASH doesn't score well in search engines.

Don't panic -- there IS a solution!

Here's a solution you can use to getrepparttar 128167 best of both worlds - search engine findability andrepparttar 128168 professional image enhancement that FLASH can provide.

The strategy involves using an absolute positioning technique called Z Order within your Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). For this to make sense, you must first understand what Z Order is. Microsoft's MSDN ( site explains...

The Z order of a window indicatesrepparttar 128169 window's position in a stack of overlapping windows. This window stack is oriented along an imaginary axis,repparttar 128170 z-axis, extending outward fromrepparttar 128171 screen. The window atrepparttar 128172 top ofrepparttar 128173 Z order overlaps all other windows. The window atrepparttar 128174 bottom ofrepparttar 128175 Z order is overlapped by all other windows.

In non-technogeekspeak, Z Order allows you to place content partially, or even fully, on top of other content. Since onlyrepparttar 128176 content on top is viewable, it's entirely possible to place an unintelligible-to-search-engines FLASH movie on top of an easy- to-index-layer of relevant text content. And, by doing so, your site visitor sees onlyrepparttar 128177 FLASH movie whilerepparttar 128178 engine sees only your relevant keyword-laden text.

How to create Z Order using CSS

To accomplishrepparttar 128179 magic it's helpful to first understand what a very basic CSS using Z Order source code might look like. To viewrepparttar 128180 basic example, visitrepparttar 128181 complete article online at:

Source ofrepparttar 128182 example: 14.htm

Notice thatrepparttar 128183 highest value --

-- isrepparttar 128184 "window" that lands on top. This is important to understand because that's how we're going to performrepparttar 128185 magic.

FLASH over, RELEVANT CONTENT under = SE indexability

By now you've probably deduced we're going to layer our relevant content exactly beneath our FLASH movie. By doing so,repparttar 128186 site visitor will see onlyrepparttar 128187 FLASH movie in their browser whilerepparttar 128188 search engine will find, and index,repparttar 128189 "relevant content" because search engines "view" onlyrepparttar 128190 source code ofrepparttar 128191 page (notrepparttar 128192 browser version) and they index onlyrepparttar 128193 TEXT they find within that source code.

To better illustrate how this might look, we enlistedrepparttar 128194 help of Web designer Dave Barry of SmartCertify Direct -- Dave was kind enough to create an example site employing a transparent FLASH movie to help us visualizerepparttar 128195 effect. As Dave explains...

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