Disclaimer: These are merely suggestions to help you get listed at various search engines. I cannot guarantee that any of this will work. All of these search engines may not accept any submission for a variety of reasons.
Proper Use of Meta Tags
Your Title Counts
The Major Search Engines (Hopefully) Demystified
AltaVista is perhaps the friendliest search engine for getting your page listed. Pages are easy to submit and show up quickly, usually within a day or two. They have one of the most popular and best search engines on the Web. They also have a rudimentary translation service if you find a page in a foreign language you don't understand. Add Your Site to AltaVista Here
Excite is notoriously slow in getting your pages listed, but be persistent. If you don't see your page about 2-3 weeks after you have submitted it, try again. They'll get around to it eventually. Excite claims to be updating the way pages are submitted, but they've had that message on their page for quite awhile now. Excite's URL Submission Page
If you have trouble getting listed at Excite read their getting listed on Excite page. It contains a lot of useful information.
My experience with getting listed at Hotbot has been this: submit your page, then wait for a confirming email from Hotbot. If you don't receive this email message from them within 3-4 weeks, then go to Hotbot and see if your site is there. If not, then resubmit. They seem to be slow in picking up some pages, so be patient. Hotbot's Submit Page
Infoseek ignores submissions done through the add URL form at their webpage from certain large web sites like GeoCities, Tripod, Hypermart and AOL. However you can still submit your page by sending email to Infoseek's Email URL Submission Address. Put your URL (beginning with http://) in the main body of the message with no other text. You may submit more than one URL at the same time, each on a single line. This is the ONLY way your GeoCities page (and other "community" pages) will get listed at Infoseek. This process takes at least a week, usually longer.
I've found Lycos to be very slow in picking up "community" homepages like GeoCities, AOL, etc. Submit and wait sometimes 3 months! Add Your Site to Lycos Here (and wait)
Tripod Note: Lycos owns Tripod and generally will list Tripod pages in their directory. And just to keep things interesting: Angelfire is owned by WhoWhere, which also happens to be owned by Lycos...and Lycos now owns Hotbot too...
Webcrawler is owned by Excite, but it is a separate entity. So you should submit to both Excite and Webcrawler to get listed on both. Go to Webcrawler's Submit Page. You may submit your index page as well as your main sections. Do not submit every page, just the ones that open a new main section of your site.
The best and best known search engine on the Web, although actually it's really a web directory rather than a search engine. Each submission is reviewed by an actual person who decides if your page should be included in their extensive database. If you get listed on Yahoo! you will get hits. To submit your page go to the Yahoo! main page and find the best category for your site. (You can see this site's category below.) Keep clicking down through the subcategories where you think your site belongs, then click on the "suggest a site" link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions. Make sure you compose a good phrase or sentence (25 words or less) to describe your site. It takes 2-3 weeks before your site will get reviewed by a Yahoo! editor. If you don't hear from them your page was not chosen to be included in their index. They email you if your page makes it in. I recommend that you should not resubmit your site for at least 1-2 months (and during that time you should fine tune your website). If you continually submit your site to Yahoo! they will probably ignore it altogether. Meta tags are ignored by Yahoo! They look for strong site content. And your page must be focused on the topic. If your main page includes a wide range of topics you will probably not get listed. If your page is under construction, poorly designed and contains a lot of broken links, you will certainly not get listed.
This webpage is listed at Yahoo! under: Computers and Internet:Internet:World Wide Web:Information and Documentation:Site Announcement and Promotion:Search Engine Placement Improvement
How to Determine if Your URL Was Picked up by the Search Engines
You may also want to try MetaCrawler or Dogpile, search engines that do your searches at several of the major search engines and return ranked results to you.
For a more in-depth look at the Search Engines try The Search Engine Watch Page
Please email me if you have any suggestions about this page. Or if you have any other ideas about getting listed at the search engines you'd like to share with your fellow Geocitizens and other homepage builders.
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