I posted a new, non-commercial website on a new domain 10 days ago. At the outset there were about 20 pages, which have now increased to 27 pages. I used free site submit to submit the homepage to Google, Yahoo and MSN and requested entries for the homepage in the dmoz and Zeal directories. It was listed in Zeal within 24 hours but has not been listed by dmoz. There are no other inbound links.
All three search engines visited for the first time within 48 hours. About two days later, the URL of the home page began showing up in Google without a description or cache. Finally this morning, all 27 pages are in Google with descriptions and cache. The homepage is in Yahoo this morning for the first time, but no other pages are listed in Yahoo. There still is nothing in MSN.