Search Engine Submission

top search enginesWhere do I submit my site? It's a common question and most people end up with a search engine submission service that uses automated software to submit their site. I'm not saying this tactic is useless, but it's not the best place to start.

It takes some time but submissions performed manually are often more likely to actually get listed. A good practice is to do the important submissions manually, then follow up later with a good quality submission service.

First, check your pages! Are they optimized? If not, start by making certain your pages are optimized for your keywords and ready for submission.

Submitting to Google and/or Bing

Get some links coming into your site. Most crawler based search engines (like Google) will find and index your site by discovering a link on another site that points to you. You should also make use of Google and/or Bing Webmaster tools where you can submit your sitemap directly.

It doesn't hurt to submit to as many search engines as you can find. Smaller search engines and directories that are not considered as "major" or "top" can still account for good quality traffic. And having them link to your pages will count as incoming links to your website. The more incoming links you have - the better your chances are of being found and indexed by major search engines.

List of places to submit and search engine submission costs:

Name Add URL Cost Notes
DMOZ add url Free Submit here first and be prepared to wait indefinitely - their backlog is huge. Find the appropriate category and click suggest url.
Google™ add url Free You can submit your sitemap but the best way to get listed with Google™ is to build links to your web site.
Bing add url Free Crawler based engine - submit your sitemap.
Yahoo Directory add url

$299 annually

Pricey but an excellent place to be listed for the value of the inbound link to your website. Go to the directory and find an appropriate category, click suggest URL.
Scrub the Web add url    
Alive Directory add url $49.95 and up  
Amfibi add url Free submission plus Guaranteed Inclusion Nice general directory with cool logos.
add url $25 US directory with sites organized by topic.
Best of the Web add url

49.95/Annual Review

Entire Web add url Free. Also offers express inclusion.  
Exact Seek add url   Jayde network of seven search engines.
Free Web Index add url Free and up to $19.95 for featured listings add url   Business Listings
Link Bot add url   Easy submission.
Alta Vista add url   Discontinued submissions - use Yahoo search submission to be included.
National Directory add url   Enter the code shown and you can submit up to five URL's at a time.
REX (Internet resource exchange) add url    
CanLinks add url   Select your own categories.
Search It add url   Easy submission
Search King add url add url    
Enhance Network add url Paid listings and paid inclusion programs Paid inclusion distributes your URL to Excite, InfoSpace, WebCrawler, Verizon and others include your URL's in their results for one full year.
Web World Directory add url Free and paid listings  
Splat! add url   Easy.
Latin World add url   Only for Latin America sites.
MixCat add url   Easy.
Big Yellow add url All types from free to PPC  
AllSearchEngines add url N/A A search engine to find search engines.
Name Add URL Cost Notes


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