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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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#938 2010-01-06 11:51:19 Paul Watchorn

Thats interesting, thanks Dan

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#924 2010-01-05 06:05:21 Dan Richmond

@Paul Watchorn

Not exactly. A FAT link is the name given to a link from a page that has a lot of visitors, top rankings for some good keywords and most importantly is often visited by search engines' crawlers.

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#894 2009-12-30 04:35:59 Paul Watchorn

So a 'FAT' link is simply the name given to a link from a page that has a good page rank?

Thanks

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#834 2009-12-13 02:01:07 Ken Taylor

@Dan

I got it now. Thanks. For some reason I was thinking about Ranking. But this lesson was all about getting my site indexed (I like to think "listed" in "Google's Big Book of Websites"--if, for example, I'm want to get indexed with Google)

I love imagery. Thanks again Don.

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#820 2009-12-09 08:20:27 Dan Richmond

@ Ken Taylor

I am not sure that this is the case... Your goal here is simply to get indexed. You don't even have to submit several pages of your website (or get fat links to all pages for the same indexing purpose) - the homepage is enough. Once you're indexed you won't need to repeat the procedure.

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#805 2009-12-07 21:17:56 Ken Taylor

Thank you for the Search Engine's submission links. I'm kind of from the old school. If I can submit to the SE's and use a FAT link, I'm going to do all that I can.

Why?

Because things are always changing. SE's are getting better. I like getting into making it a habit of thinking about SEO that:

"More is better and too much is not enough!" (think Backlinks)

"Less is more!" (She was wearing a to-just-above-the-knee dress with a low neck collar)



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#754 2009-11-06 01:41:56 Vikas Sharma

For msn which is now bing please change url mention it is now

http://www.bing.com/docs/submit.aspx

Thanks
Vikas
www.divinelight.ca

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#435 2009-07-23 09:43:59 Dan Richmond

<b>Reid Horton</b>

Not sure if I'm getting you right, but from what I can understand it will be better if you submit both URLs. Or get links to both, from a frequently-crawled website.

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#429 2009-07-14 16:50:04 Reid Horton

If i have my main page forwarded to the a different domain name (same site), do I need to submit both URLs to be crawled, or just the main new name domain? Sorry if that is confusing, great workshop/booklet here, fantastic tips.

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#309 2009-04-08 21:47:37 Adam S

I totally agree with the first comment. I think submitting to search engines is a waste of time. They will find you, and quickly, with the right authority. We all know that authority comes from unique / high-quality content, and inbound links (the right ones).

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#1712 2010-11-26 00:43:34 rattan furniture

Directory there are option to put your website link in the author resource section you are allowed to put two links there by this you will get back link for your website.please reply..

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