Search Engine Submission

Over the years, I ‘ve received a lot of keyword traffic on this topic. You’d think searches would have dropped off, given that it is now 2007, and I assumed it was common knowledge that submitting to search engines is redundant.

I was wrong.

People still want to know how they can submit their site to search engines.

The answer is, of course, don’t bother.

It hasn’t been necessary for some time. The reason is that search engines find new pages by following links. So, in order to be included in a search engine index, you need to get a link from a page that already appears in a search engine index. Ask a friend or associate to link to you, post to a forum or blog (nicely), issue a press release, or submit your site to a directory.

Ensure the link is crawlable. Most links are, but search engines sometimes have problems following scripted links, or links that require the browser to execute a function. Here’s a good, basic overview on how search engines work.

How do you check to see if your site appears in a search engine index? Query your domain. For example, in Google type: site:www.yourdomain.com. Google will show you which pages, if any, are currently indexed. Also watch for spider activity in your logs. You may see spider names such as Googlebot, or Slurp, indicating these spiders have visited and crawled you pages.

If you have links to your site, and you still don’t appear in the search engine indexes, then there may be problems with your site. Sign up at Google Webmaster Central to help diagnose these problems. Some good background reading on crawlability problems can be found here. Chances are if Google can find you, then Yahoo, MSN, Ask and others will find you, too.

Keep in mind that your site won’t appear within days, although sometimes it might. If things aren’t happening after a few weeks, use the steps described above.

  1. BozaBoza04-11-2007

    I’m wondering how long does it takes for yahoo to index your site, I’ve just finished a new website and in about two days I was already in google but no sign from yahoo or it’s spider…

  2. ukdazukdaz04-11-2007

    Peter

    You’re right about not having to submit a site to a search engine but it doesn’t help any when Google offers a page to allow a website owner to submit their website. Why don’t Google just get rid of the page and explain to a user that the best way for them to find a particular website is by links… that might be the quickest way for people to then begin to understand that submitting their site to a search engine just isn’t going to work.

    Keep up the good work.

    Daz

  3. Peter Da VanzoPeter Da Vanzo04-11-2007

    Boza – It’s a good sign you’re already in Google, so I’m sure the others won’t be far behind.

    ukdaz – thanks 🙂 I’m not sure why Google persist with the submit page, but I’m guessing it’s because people expect to see it. A historical artifact.

  4. BozaBoza04-12-2007

    Just an update… Today I got indexed by yahoo, they also are still using their submit your site thing

  5. Peter Da VanzoPeter Da Vanzo04-12-2007

    Good to hear…

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