Site Submission Services

Written by Richard Lowe

This is a simple fact about life onrepparttar internet: if you have a web site you must get it listed in all ofrepparttar 128393 major search engines. In fact, not only mustrepparttar 128394 site get listed, but it must get listed "well".

What does this mean? It means you must spend some time designing your site properly sorepparttar 128395 engines can make a good guess as to what it's about. You see, search engines are robots - they are automated pieces of software which examine your pages and attempt to decipherrepparttar 128396 subject(s). This translates to words and phrases thatrepparttar 128397 robots believe will allow best describe your site to people who need your information.

What this actually means is for each page of your site, you must be able to come up with some good keywords which accurately describerepparttar 128398 contents of that page. Once you've done that, you must scatter those keywords throughoutrepparttar 128399 page in various ways. The search engine robot will examine your pages, seerepparttar 128400 keywords in places it likes, and determine your page is indeed about that subject. For many engines,repparttar 128401 better you do thisrepparttar 128402 higher your site will be inrepparttar 128403 results when someone searches using that keyword (this is called ranking). And, as should be obvious,repparttar 128404 higher you are inrepparttar 128405 listings,repparttar 128406 more hits you will receive.

Google is one ofrepparttar 128407 most significant exceptions to this rule. It's primary concern is notrepparttar 128408 keywords on your pages. No, Google actually looks atrepparttar 128409 links to your pages and uses this information to determine your site's ranking.

Making your pages "search engine friendly" is not difficult but it can be tedious. The basic procedure is to pick a keyword which describes your page, then scatter that keyword in various places:repparttar 128410 title, description and keyword Metatags, ALT tags on images, H1 and H2 headers and withinrepparttar 128411 first couple of paragraphs of text. To satisfy Google, you can get people to link torepparttar 128412 site with text includingrepparttar 128413 keyword as well.

Okay, so now you've got some pages which are very descriptive to search engines. How do you get them listed?

You submit them, of course.

Virtually all search engines have a page which allows you to submit one or more URLs from your site. Some search engines are smart and require only a single URL, others require as many URLs as you want to give them (occasionally limitingrepparttar 128414 number that you can enter in a single day). All of them have rules about spamming (making many submissions on a single day or week, or trying to get your site better ranked using unethical means). So be sure not to submit your site too often.

It can be a major pain to submit your site torepparttar 128415 search engines. If you do it manually, you have to get a list of as many search pages as you can, visit each of them, find their submission page, then enter one or more URLs. To be complete, you also need to do this again occasionally - perhaps once a month or quarter. Even just submitting manually torepparttar 128416 major 10 engines can be a real pain.

Website directories: More than meets the eye

Written by Lauri Harpf

Yahoo, DMOZ and Looksmart are probably familiar names to all of us. Many people attempt to get their sites listed in those directories, because it is a well-known fact that plenty of people visit them when they want to find interesting sites. This in turn translates into a healthy flood of visitors torepparttar sites that are represented inrepparttar 128392 aforementioned directories.

While it is true thatrepparttar 128393 directories themselves can produce quite a bit of traffic, there are additional benefits that come with a directory listing. Unfortunately, these advantages are not often mentioned and that is why they are unknown to most siteowners. Many are well aware that you can influencerepparttar 128394 directories by submitting to different search engines; for example, you can submit to Google and if you're lucky andrepparttar 128395 keyword you're aiming at is rare enough, your site will appear in searches that are performed at Yahoo. But did you know that directory listings can have a massive impact on how your site performs in different search engines?

Some ofrepparttar 128396 large search engines, for example MSN and AOL, draw their search results almost entirely from different directories. MSN relies heavily on Looksmart and AOL is affiliated with DMOZ. If your site is not listed in these two directories, it will not appear in searches at MSN and AOL. Since they both are very big sites, receiving together around 100 million visitors each month, it is very important to have your site well represented in them.

So, we know that it is important to be listed inrepparttar 128397 major directories in order to get into some ofrepparttar 128398 search engines. Is that all? Nope. The thing is, many search engines also rank sites based on whether they are listed in certain directories or not. Let's take an example: One of my sites wasn't ranking very well at Google. I had optimized it pretty well in my opinion and had received decent rankings under some keywords, but it still hadn't achievedrepparttar 128399 success I was looking for. This puzzled me, as I couldn't point out whyrepparttar 128400 site wasn't doing as well as I would have wanted it to.

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