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For commercial sites, if you get accepted to the Regional (free) business listings for your geographic area, you could end up with a "secondary" listing in the main business ($299/year) area.
7:Look for topic niche directories in your kw set
A suggestion for niche directories was made by one of our members a while back: Search for: "keyword phrase" "add url", "keyword phrase" "submit site", "keyword phrase" "submit url" and "keyword phrase" "add site" in your favorite search engines...
This will return a whole bunch of fairly topical niche directory sites that allow you to submit your site for a listing. Most of them will be free, in my experience.
Search engines are looking for quality sites to include in their index; they'll find you by following the links. For directories, read up on how to pick a category and submit prior to submission. Some people (like me) feel better submitting also, just the root or a couple of main pages, in the case of Alta Vista or at MSN.
Submission nowadays is pretty much "play and pray." You just do it by rote, by hand, to only the important ones and forget the rest.
>Let me ask this as a poor person..
Let me answer as someone who's been doing business with a lot of poor people for a while. Never underestimate the power of networking on line. There are email lists in an awful lot of niches; you just have to find an active one. After a while you get to know who's who, and there's a lot to learn because they all do business on line, some off as well.
It's a great way to find people to link with. I'm very mingy with links, and check out the sites, their links, and their rankings before I connect them with a client site. It doesn't take a whole lot to get to PR 4 or 5, just some careful selection.
It's a lot easier and more effective than going through the re-submission routine month after month. The time is better spent reading, studying and improving sites and establishing good links.