Search Engine Submission by Larry Poch
Before submitting your site to search engines you should have some insight into, 1.. how they function. 2.. what some of differences are. 3.. which ones to submit to. 4.. do I need to pay for a submission?
Is it a Search Engine or a Directory?
When submitting your site to a search engine or search directory be aware that there is a difference between two. Not being aware of this difference can create problems. Example, Google is a search engine and Yahoo is a directory. The basic difference between two is in way submission is reviewed and entered into database index. Search Engines
Search engines are databases that use robots/spiders to crawl Internet and index web sites. The database listing is automatically generated from information gathered from pages of web site. The sites may be found through random search of Internet or through a submission.
Directory databases are compiled from submissions and reviewed by editors, real live human beings. The editors physically review submission, rate it, and catagorize it. Take great care in describing a site when submitting it to a directory. The methods used to achieve a high search engine ranking DOES NOT work when submitting to a directory.
Understanding where major search engines and directories get some of their database information from can help when it come time to submit a site. It can save a lot of time and possibly quite a few dollars.
Many major search engines and directories get their search results from third-party search providers. Some of these third-party search providers are other search engines or directories. So by reviewing who provides search results to whom may help with your submission process. Submitting to one search engine may get your site displayed in another one where you would have had to pay for submission.
Google, most popular search engine on Internet, provides main results to AOL Search, Netscape Search, and Yahoo (fee-based). Google uses Open Directory for back-up results. The Open Directory also provides directory back-up results for AOL Search, Ask Jeeves, HotBot(fee-based submission), Lycos(fee-based submission), and Netscape Search.
Needless to say, getting your site listed in Open Directory is well worth time spent submitting it. DMOZ (http://dmoz.org/)
This alphabetical list of major engines shows current sources for database search results.