Submitting your site to the Open Web Directory: some dos and don'ts

Written by Donald Nelson

One ofrepparttar most important steps in any site's publicity campaign isrepparttar 131810 submission torepparttar 131811 Open Web Directory ( as this directory provides search results for many ofrepparttar 131812 most important search engines and online portals. This directory is not a robot driven spider, but a human edited directory and you must observe a few important points if your submission is to be successful.

1.Make sure that your site has original content. If you are only publishing a collection of affiliate links or if your site is a clone of other sites that are plentiful onrepparttar 131813 web, then your submission is likely to be rejected. If you are dealing with affiliate products you can of course add content, such as product reviews or additional information and thus showrepparttar 131814 editors that your site has something original to offer.

2. Check your site for spelling errors and in general, make sure that your site looks good. Thoughrepparttar 131815 editors are looking for original content, they are only human and will be annoyed by errors and by a clumsily built site. It is my experience that professionally designed sites, with good content, always make it intorepparttar 131816 directory eventually (more onrepparttar 131817 time factor later).

3. Be sure to put your contact information onrepparttar 131818 web site. An e-mail address is not enough. I spoke to one editor and he told me that if he doesn't see a physical address or telephone number thenrepparttar 131819 entrants in his category "are toast." Especially if you are selling something, you need to build credibility with your customers, and in this case, withrepparttar 131820 Open Directory editors, by giving proper contact information.

4. Chooserepparttar 131821 right category for your submission. When you submit a URL to a robotic search engine there is not much to think about, but whenever you submit to a directory an important part of that submission is choosing a proper category. Go online and see where sites similar to yours have been placed inrepparttar 131822 directory. When you findrepparttar 131823 category that you think is best, then pressrepparttar 131824 add URL link. In some categoriesrepparttar 131825 editors put a note mentioningrepparttar 131826 restrictions for that category. Please heed these notes carefully and don't submit to this category if your site doesn't meetrepparttar 131827 criteria.

Generating Website Traffic with Sub-domains

Written by Sarah Coles

Sub-domains are websites that are located within a directory of your main site and have their own domain name. Because they userepparttar same resources asrepparttar 131808 main website, they are normally much cheaper than getting another hosting account. Their low cost and flexibility make sub-domains a great device for directing traffic to your site without breakingrepparttar 131809 bank.

*Sub-domains as Portal Sites* One ofrepparttar 131810 best uses of sub-domains is portal websites. Portal websites are sites that link to your main website and have a similar theme. Basically, they provide another portal, or doorway, for visitors and search engines to get to your main website.

Since creating content for a website takes time, often webmasters simply modifyrepparttar 131811 existing text ofrepparttar 131812 main site and reuse it onrepparttar 131813 portal site. It is important thatrepparttar 131814 content is not exactlyrepparttar 131815 same andrepparttar 131816 portals do not just redirect torepparttar 131817 main site. Otherwise, search engines may not index them.

*More Portals, More Visitors* Portal websites can be submitted torepparttar 131818 search engines just like your main site. If your website is doing alright inrepparttar 131819 search engines, then imagine having five more websites out there forrepparttar 131820 spiders to find. Five more listings means that Web surfers have five times as many ways to find your network of websites.

*Search Engines and Links* More and more search engine algorithms take into considerationrepparttar 131821 number and ranking of sites that link to you. By linking your sub-domains to your main site and to each other,repparttar 131822 ranking of all of your sites is improved.

Cont'd on page 2 ==> © 2005
Terms of Use