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Submit your site to Search Engines

This chapter talks about submitting your site to major search engines.

In one of the previous chapters, I explained how search engines work and how search engines find web pages in the internet.

Search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN Live etc can follow links from other sites and reach your web site as long as there is some link exists to your sites somewhere in the internet. Whenever these search engine spiders come across any hyperlinks in any web page, they will add these hyperlinks to their database for indexing. There is no guarantee on when they will follow these links and index them. So, even if there are several links exist in internet to your web site, there is no guarantee on when these search engine spiders will reach your web site.

So, it is a good idea to directly submit your URL to these search engines instead of waiting for them to find links to your site from other sites. Most of the search engines allow submitting URLs directly to their database through some we page.

Here is the URLs to submit to major search engines:

1. Submit to Google - http://www.google.com/addurl/
2. Submit to Yahoo - https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/submit
3. Submit to MSN Live Search - http://search.msn.com.sg/docs/submit.aspx

Search engines claim that you need to submit only your home page and they can find the remaining pages by following the links in your home page. But I strongly recommend you submit as many pages as possible so that they get your pages faster instead of depending on their robot (spider) to find them. While following links in your site, it is possible that the search engine spiders will follow some links to other sites and may leave your site without indexing all of your pages.

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