The search engine wars are on again.
In an effort to beat each other for number one position, each of big three search engines is changing its search engine model or changing its site.
In number three position is Google. In their bid to compete, they have changed their model from just a search engine to becoming a world class portal. Adding services like free email and groups, as well as offering a free blog at Blogger, http://www.blogger.com, Google is seeking to attract more users to their site by making it sticky. There's also Froogle, Google's version of an online catalog where you can buy just about any kind of product.
Number two is MSN. Not content to be in number two position, Bill Gates, richest man in America, is adding a spider search engine to his site to offer a much larger segment of Internet.
For some time now, only way to get into MSN was to pay for it. MSN was part of a network of sites including Looksmart, which lost a lot of its popularity when it switched to a paid model.
In number one spot is Yahoo. Over last several years, if you wanted to be in Yahoo directory, it cost $299. Until recently, Yahoo's backend results came from Google until they split. Now Yahoo has acquired Altavista, AllTheWeb, Inktomi, and Overture. Yahoo now has its own spider search engine, and you can get listed free.
Submission to the major search engines is easier than ever now because all of them have, or are, building spider search engines.
Note: A spider search engine is different from a directory. Sites offering spider search engines actually "crawl" site and add all of pages on your site to engine provided pages aren't too deep. With directories, human beings usually review sites before adding them to make sure sites are added to correct category.
Times can vary on when your site will be accepted.
For Google, it can take as little as three days to 30 days. Google reserves right not to accept your site.
You can submit to Google here: http://www.google.com/addurl.html
Make sure that you read all of instructions on this site to make most of submitting your site to this search engine, as well as get additional tips about search engine submission.
MSN's search results are currently powered by Inktomi Search Index. MSN is currently working on its own version of a spider search engine.
There are no guarantees your site will be accepted or that your site will be accepted in a certain length of time.
You can submit your site here: http://www.submit-it.com/msnsubmit.htm
Yahoo recently created its own version of spider search engine. It's free to submit, but you have to have to sign up for an account with Yahoo to access site. The account is also free. It takes about 30 days for Yahoo to spider your site, and there are no guarantees you will be accepted.