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2.2 Invite robots to your site

1) Submit your site to Search Engines

Yes, let's send each Search Engine's spider a personal invitation to visit your site.

Baby-simple: go to the Search Engine that's important to you, and type in "add URL to name_of_the_search_engine", follow the link you see, enter the necessary data and thus submit your website to this Search Engine

Note! Search Engines don't expect you to submit all your webpages (just think of some forums that have a few thousand pages — the owner would go crazy submitting them!). All you have to do is submit your homepage.

Want an example? Here we go with Google!

If you type in a search query "add URL to Google" you'll get the following options:

To add a page via your Webmaster Tools account, see detailed instructions at http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1352276.

If you choose to proceed with the second option, after you land on the page http://www.google.com/submityourcontent/website-owner/, choose "Add your URL", enter a URL you want to be indexed, type in CAPTCHA and submit the request. Easy, isn't it?

Add URL to Google
Add URL to Google

Here's another example of submitting your website page to Bing
After you type in "add URL to bing" in a Search Engine, the first result you'll see will direct you to the page http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html

Submit URL to Bing
Submit URL to Bing

Here you have to enter your website's URL alongside CAPTCHA.

Click Submit — and that's it.
Submit your site to all Search Engines that you think are important, and the crawler will come to your site to look at it.

If there's a special local Search Engine in your country, like Yandex in Russia, or Seznam in Czech Republic, it's also important to submit your website there.

It won't take much of your time to submit to Search Engines, but it may take quite a long time till the crawler visits your site. In my practice, it took up to 6 weeks. And, it also depends on the Search Engine.

For this reason, here's another thing I believe you should do:

2) Put a FAT link to your website

Quite logically: if the Google spider loves some web page and visits it quite often, and that page has a link to your site, then this Google crawler will be happy to follow the link and look at your site, too. Same thing about other Search Engines.

So here's what I'm driving at: try to get a link from some respected web page with a good Page Rank (preferably 4 and above).

DO IT NOW! Submit your website to Search Engines, or put a good link to your site, or better do both.

Problem 2: Your site is hard for Search Engines to crawl

Note! A situation of the kind is quite common, and this problem may cause both a) no results at all and b) & d) incorrect number of results

Moreover, even if the site:your_domain_name query brings correct results, the problem may still exist, therefore going through what I say next is a must!

So... another problem that could occur: the Search Engine knows about your site, but the spider simply cannot crawl through it, as it's too inconvenient and search–engine–not–friendly. Well, this takes some more effort to solve, but no worries! The guide is here to help

And, what I talk about further makes a big plus to know, even if your site is found by Search Engines. So look through the points below anyway, and do all I recommend. Even if you think your site is totally OK, I'm sure you'll find things to improve.

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#2478 2011-10-29 13:53:56 lowongan bumn

Thanks for share,
This is fine article, and according to what I need at this time. I strongly agree with the posts above!
I'll come back another time to read your other posts.
Thank you and success.

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#2314 2011-08-02 00:48:32 Ralph Hallmark

Why anyone would omit submitting their website to search engines is beyond me. Does building a house on a foundation with missing bricks make any sense? Not to me.

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#2353 2011-08-04 09:39:56 Dan Richmond

http://www.link-assistant.com/blog/search-engine-submission-services/

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#2056 2011-06-11 13:29:38 kindle books

My site has been indexed but only the home page is indexed. any suggestions?

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#1930 2011-04-09 09:28:54 Front Doors

Instead of submitting my home page to the 3 search engines you suggested, I used the seoquake extension for Chrome to find 2 PR3 wordpress blogs related to "front doors". Then added 2 FAT links back to my website.

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#1810 2011-01-22 03:48:17 Alessandro Brunelli

How can I submit to yandez? I cannot read cyrillic.

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#1818 2011-01-25 03:38:17 Dan Richmond

You can use this URL http://webmaster.yandex.ru/addurl.xml - enter the URL and the CAPTCHA code

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#1643 2010-10-28 19:09:49 GARY BRYANT

If you expect clients to come from, say, Belgium or Germany, it's good to submit to their regional versions like Yahoo.de or Google.be. Also, if there's a special local Search Engine in your country, like Yandex in Russia, or Seznam in Czech Republic, it's also important to you. Can you clarify? If I live in the U.S. and create a site that I want not just U.S., but persons from the globe who speak English, do I still want to submit to these regional versions for Yahoo, or will submission to the Yahoo submission handle it if I live in the U.S.? Also, is there a similar requirement/want-to-to-for-SEO for Google submission?

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#1548 2010-09-12 09:37:37 Quang Cao Google

Thanks for your guide.

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#1463 2010-09-01 18:19:35 Ivo Ignatov

Hi folks

What is the best way to get FAT link?

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#1471 2010-09-02 06:58:52 Dan Richmond

You can learn about that here: http://www.seoinpractice.com/where-link-building-starts.html

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#1438 2010-08-29 01:54:02 oochie garcia

hi dan,

i created my site using wix.com but i redirected the url using cjb.net

the original name of the site is: http://www.wix.com/oochiebabe/captureandprint

now the name is http://www.captureandprint.cjb.net

so, now which site name should i submit to the search engines?

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#1443 2010-08-31 05:37:45 Dan Richmond

Right now the is a frame on your new site, that points to the old site, this is not really a redirect. The older site will be analyzed by the search engines in any case. You might want to set up a 301 redirect on the old URL to the new domain and then concentrate on building links to the new domain.

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#1637 2010-10-27 19:04:25 GARY BRYANT

Hi Dan,

I'm confused about this, too. I created my very first site with GoogleSites, and the original domain name was something like: https://sites.google.com/myorignaldomainurl.com. I did't know about SEO, so the site just sat there with basically zero traffic. Now I go to GoDaddy and purchase a "custom" domain name URL, http://mynewdomainurl.com. I want to do SEO and build traffic on the new URL home and corresponding pages. GoDaddy tells me first that I need to "point and mask" the original domain to the new name, and every page did not change. They were all, http://mynewdomainurl.com. That wasn't right. Then GoDaddy tells me to "map/point" my new URL to ghs.google.com, which is the Google Servers were my original content and URL are hosted. Very confusing to a newbie. Then, with GoDaddy's help, they created an @A record or CNAME or something, and all the old pages correctly substitute the original Sites URL's to the new GoDaddy URL's. Yippie. But now for the SEO question: Should I do this 301 deal from the old URL's to the custom URL's? How do do this, it's all very confusing? Google help takes a very long time, and the answers are confusing. I would appreciate your expertise on this question.

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#1456 2010-08-31 18:18:32 oochie garcia

i'm sorry i got confused

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#1427 2010-08-20 16:07:47 mOxby Design

Link building lessons - that I'll be interested in. We do it, definitely, but getting ones in our industry is hard work, really hard work :-) But one step at a time. I'm liking the writing style here. Thanks again.

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