I have a site that is currently under construction but I will have the whole e-commerce site done soon. I would like to submit the home page to crawler-based search engines so that they can spider it and index it on the next re-index. However, most of the links off of the home page don't work since I haven't built all of the site sub structure yet. What should I do? Will the spiders see the links and get mad because they point to 404's? Should I just go and put up a short index.html at every place that I link to (i.e. www.domain.com/subdirectory/index.html - this file would just say, welcome to subdirectory or something like that). I would like to get the page indexed asap so any help would be great.
What's the benefit? The 404's would be disregarded and you'd have to resumbit anyway. Google, Alta, Fast would hit it in a couple of days anyway. Ink, Excite (good luck) or Northern light would be the only real ones you might get away with it.
Yeah, I'd have to agree with Brett ( who wouldn't? ) There could be any number of issues between your Submission of the incomplete pages and the finished copy. Your server could go down, you could get assigned other project work, you could run into technical issues with the ecommerce you're putting up. Anything. Basically then you'd be screwed since you'd get badly indexed if at all. Just put it up when you're done, set it up well to be picked up and indexed and you'll be all set. There are no 'head starts' with this business.