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Just started my online personals website last weekend. Paid the $39 to Marketleap (Inktomi) and submitted my URL to the remaining free submission major search engines.
It's only been 7 days, and I'm already listed in Google, MSN, Hotbot, AOL Search (Google), Overture, Excite, About, and Yahoo Search (not sure who powers them).
Does anyone know of an available tool or service that I can use to check my position for certain keywords on various search engines (short of typing them in and doing the manual hunt on my own?).
Thanks for any insight!
Beats me how I got into Google so fast. I read the procedures outlined in the book "Google Hacks" and submitted to Google through the addurl.html page. But even the author suggests that it takes almost four weeks before the Googlebot visits. Go figure? Inktomi crawled my site last night and I appeared in all the SE's I listed above today (including Google). I wonder if that had something to do with it?
Takagi - thanks for the help! That's exactly what I was looking for! :)
Also since the death of the google dance the four weeks for google listing doesn't apply anymore, as has been said it can be done in a matter of days now. Just shows how quickly books date with this medium!
Footnote: Is it a bit strange that a website dealing with search engine promotion doesn't know how to check their presence within google?
I'm thinking that since my website is very new, if I can obtain a high ranking for a certain keyword that people are searching for, that should create a flow of traffic that I didn't have before.
I was using Overture's "Search Term Suggestion Tool", because I can query any keyword I can think of and it will show me how many people searched for that keyword last month. Figured I couldn't go wrong, and even got a few new ideas for keywords by using it.
SEO is a very complex game, and I appreciate the posts! This is good stuff, people! :)
It may take a long time but if you want to learn all there is about SEO then it will teach you much more than any book ever can.