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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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#266 2009-04-03 10:09:56 Dan Richmond

@Donna Goodman

Thanks for sharing the link!

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#256 2009-04-02 14:35:48 Donna Goodman

Hi Dan,

Great chapter; and I have a link that you might appreciate:

http://freewebsubmission.com/

Interested in your thoughts?

Thank you for you hard work.

Donna

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#245 2009-03-29 20:24:21 Vashitwa Mishra

So far the guide is really easy to understand but I need help with the following and I would appreciate if any body can oblidge:

"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)."


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#1173 2010-04-19 12:54:38 Thomas Kampling

@Vashitwa Mishra,
the thing about pagerank (for those who care), is that every page with a certain pagerank, e.g. PR#2, links out to 10 diff. Websites. It passes by a percentage of its Pagerank to each of the sites it is linking to.
Here- PR#2- , linking to 10 diff. pages= 2 / 10 = 0.2pt. of Pagerank.
So you would get passed by 10 % of its Rank.
If the Linkcount increases, the percentage of "Linkjuice" passed by,decreases.
Your Pagerank is the summary of all the percentual Linkjuice from pages linking to you.
Thats why you would prefer a link from

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#231 2009-03-18 04:52:00 Dan Richmond

@Mike Olaski

Yes, you're right about relevance! Will be adding a mention of it with the next update.

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#228 2009-03-17 19:45:17 Mike Olaski

FAT link Examples.

Maybe a quick reference of say easier to get, generally relevant (if you know what I mean), FAT links to start out with.

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#163 2008-12-29 04:49:07 Dan Richmond

<b>@rodney ransom</b>
Hi, please check the previous page once again:

http://www.seoinpractice.com/search-engines-listing.html

To check which pages of your site have been indexed (if any), use the <i>site:</i> command

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#162 2008-12-23 11:28:09 rodney ransom

I hope I didnt miss this in the reading, but How do you know if your site has been crawled?

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#1711 2010-11-26 00:42:36 rattan furniture

When you post articles on article directories like Ezine Articles, it not only increases targeted traffic but helps with SEO due to the high page rank of these directories.

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#86 2008-08-22 11:28:46 Marcin Świątek

for me the way of presenting those facts is reasonable... we can't just say to skip all measures and move on straightly to inbound links ...
it's like having discussion about what the most important things in relationship are... probably most of us would say that's love ( in my opinion it is) ... however there are many things that are no less significant, maybe they're not crucial however they make everything better

so I'm going on to the next page ;)

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#64 2008-08-12 04:47:07 Stefano AGBAGLA

I can confirm what is said here:
submit your site to the search engine. Before you need to optimise it carefully using the validator w3c to check.
And i also agree with Jeremy saying that link exchange is the good way.

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#49 2008-08-08 03:06:06 Dan Richmond

Whatever a core technique is, you can't ignore the rest. If you look at these pages more carefully you'll probably get my point. I'm not saying that submission to search engines ensures high rankings. I'm talking about things that give a site more chances to rank. As soon as I think it's time to talk of link building, I'll talk of it as well.

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