So, you've designed a compelling Web site that you're eager to show world. Every day you add fresh content and tweak your pages to make them prettier, more informative and faster to download. It's gonna pay off, you tell yourself, as you upload several new pages to your Web Host's server.
Midway in afternoon, you stop what you're doing to check your traffic reports...You're excited and eager to confirm just how successful your Web site is. Waiting for your site statistics to finish downloading, your glee turns to dread when you learn that only two people visited your Web site all day.
What's a disillusioned Webmaster to do?
Here are a couple of "musts" to add to your to-do list to help you get started marketing yourself and your Web site.
SUBMITTING TO SEARCH ENGINES
Search engines are by far most popular way to find information on Web. Getting your site listed, however, is a chore, and it is oftentimes frustrating because results are not quick to see.
Although there are automated services that promise to get you listed on thousands of Web directories and free-for-all (FFA) links pages, it is recommended that you manually submit your site to top search engines.
Be forewarned that it takes weeks (sometimes even months!) to get listed.
Set up a tickler file to do site submissions on a monthly basis. Resist temptation to submit more often, because your hard work will go up in a puff of smoke if your URL gets banned for spamming Search Engines.
The following list is not all inclusive, but it is a good place to start with your Search Engine submissions.
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Ask Jeeves E-mail: mailto:email@example.com
Direct Hit http://www.directhit.com/util/addurl.html
Dogpile http://www.dogpile.com /help/addurl
MSN Search http://listings.looksmart.com/info/msn_free_submit.jhtml
National Directory http://www.nationaldirectory.com/addurl/
Northern Light http://www.northernlight.com/docs/regurl_help.html
Open Directory Project http://dmoz.org/add.html
Scrub The Web http://www.scrubtheweb.com/addurl.html
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