Hi daveman and welcome to Webmaster World.
It's good to ask for help before you jump in and you've come to the right place for that.
I always start with the directories. Those are basically a one-time submission. Get a good listing then in Yahoo, ODP and Looksmart. From there Google will pick the site up so you donít need to submit there. I do pay for inclusion in Inktomi, which filters, into many of the back-ups for engines I donít get a lot of traffic from. I submit to FAST and Alta Vista. There are a few alternative search engines and portals that you can submit to.
From there I look for vortal/portal/hubs that are within my themes. These are very good for posting your link pop and will sometimes bring traffic. Do a bit of looking around here because youíll find a tremendous amount of specific and helpful tips for each engine and directory as well as ideas for boosting your sites link popularity.
Thanks Paynt, Do you do this manually or do you use software or a submission service. Is this something I should do myself given that it probably is time consuming or should I hire someone? Would appreciate any input.
I always submit manually daveman, particularly for directories. There's an art to picking the right category, the perfect title and description.
I use a spreadsheet to keep record. On the top I put all the pertinent info Iíll need for submitting. This includes url, email, and then the title, description and often keywords as you get into some of the vortals. It helps to have your name, address, phone number and fax handy as well. Just makes the whole process easier.
Keep a good record of which page you submit to which search engine or directory and the date. Check back often to see when you are listed and note that date as well. This really helps me to know where Iíve been and what Iím doing.
For search engines that take them I submit five pages a day. Alta Vista works on that pattern so I follow suit. Directories only want your main page and itís a one-time thing, usually. There are always exceptions so thatís where digging around in here will help.
At the top of the page here youíll see sticky mail. Iím going to send something additionally through that so when you see the number pop up click there.
Thanx Paynt, You've been really helpful. You mention that for some engines you submit up to five pages a day. I don't understand. I thought I just had to submit the home page of my site. Please clarify.
I submit all my pages to Alta Vista and I pay to submit them to Inktomi. I found it helps me to submit all them to FAST although FAST suggests you only need to submit the homepage. Those are the basics for me. Others might have additional input on this.
I have read that some of the search engines give you a higher ranking if they find you rather than if you submit to them.
Anybody had first-hand experience that this may be so ??
If this is so .. which of the bigger engines should I be submitting to, and which should I be waiting for to come around and find me ?
I think this is the case for google. Submit to ODP (www.dmoz.org) and concentrate on getting quality links to your site.
I also submit to looksmart, Inktomi(hotbot) and fast (alltheweb), but it will depend on were you live. In scandinavia google and fast are the most important.