How long does it usualy take form when you start submitting a new site till the SE's start generating hits? My log files show that I have been spidered. Inktomi took a real good look, but google only gave 2 hits. What gives? Since this is all new to me I don't know what to expect. Also, how do you know if you've been banned? I have made mistakes.:) WmW has helped put me on the path.
Welcome, jlander... you probably want to check the forums for each individual search engine, and find threads relating to their listing times. It varies greatly from engine to engine...
With the last site I launched, it took 3 months before I was listed in most engines, and 5 months for an Excite listing. But it was only about a month or two before I saw a significant traffic increase from the SEs that updated quickly.
Welcome to the fora. The Search Engines really do fluctuate between being seen within one month and taking up to 6 months. As mivox has suggested, look at the upper left of your screen for the search function of the site and read up on some previous threads about this. There is a lot of great information in past threads.
That having been said, I'd recommend getting into the major indexes as these can show traffic almost immediately. NBCi can bring you traffic within 2-3 days after being accepted. The only barrier is the $99 submission fee. Yahoo would be next up in terms of generating traffic within a relatively short period of time, followed by Looksmart and ODP. Once your ODP listing hits AOL (1-2 months) you will see a definite rise in traffic.
Thanks for the advice. I am only doing free listings until my website starts generating some income becuase I am out of money for this project until then. I see on many of the SE's that if you pay a fee they will get you listed much faster. As I stated before, most of the SE's I submitted to have at least taken a peak at my site. What I am realy interested in finding out is what can I look for now? Will the spiders come back and take a closer look and when? I tried to search WmW but couldn't find anything on this subject. I guess I was looking up the wrong search terms. Any Idea what I should use?
Definitely submit to ODP... it's a free listing, and many search sites use ODP as their on-site directory. Also, an ODP lisitng will help your ranking on Google, and probably some of the other search engines as well.