Currently there are three main search engines which
bring in all the traffic. They are Google, Yahoo, and MSN. Listing with search engines is as easy as obtaining a link
from an existing page that is frequently spidered. You must list
with directories, however.
I find it helpful to keep a list of the
directories with whom I have listed, the date I submitted, and the
date I find the site listed. I also keep a list showing when I
find site listed in the big three search engines.
You can expect to experience the "now you see it now you don't"
phenomenon. One day you search and see you have been picked up by,
say Google. Two days later you search and you are no where to be
found in the search engine. This is due to the fact that search engines
draw results from different servers and new results take time to
propagate through all the servers in their system.
Before listing with search engines and
directories it helps to have the following information at your
Some directories ask for
only the URL others require the information listed above.
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Listing with DMOZ (Open Directory) and other directories
To list with the Open Directory go to
dmoz.org. Find the appropriate category to which site belongs and
click on submit a site. Fill in the blanks and submit.
The Open Directory furnishes results to
All the Web, AltaVista, Gigablast, Google USENET,
Google, HotBot, Lycos, Teoma, WiseNut, Yahoo.
Once you are listed DMOZ you will be included in Google's directory.
If your site is non-commercial you may currently list in Yahoo's
directory for free. Since typical users do not use directories for
search purposes the main benefit for listing with directories is to
furnish an extra link to your site in the SERPs.
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