Every one knows that for online presence of your website, search engine submission is important. Although search engines will find your website automatically, manual submission may help to expedite the process and also give assurance of submission.
There are various “Free Search Engine Submission” directories or automated submission programs which submit your site to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines but again you will be 100% sure about submission if you do it yourself as submission could take several days, weeks, or months for the search engines to index your page(s). Also keep in mind repeated submission may be treated as spam by search engines and your website may get ban.
How to check your site on Google and Bing
There are some of the ways by which you can check whether your website is already submitted to Google or not:
- Just type your website address in the Google search box. If Google knows about your site, it will tell you. If your website doesn’t come up as a result, you need to submit your site to Google.
- Type info:www.yourdomainname.com on Google.com, if Google provides information related to above mention domain that means your site is on Google index.
- Type site:wwwyourdomain.com or any page URL on Google.com. If it lists the above URL with information, this shows your website is already submitted to Google. The same process also works on Bing.
How to submit your website
Google URL Submission
The best way to actually get into Google, and the other top search engines, is for the search engine spider to find your site through a link that is already on another website which Google already have in its index.
Another way to add your website URL is from http://www.google.com/addurl/
You should have Google account to enter into this. Login than enter URL & captcha. That’s it! Google will now add your site to the Googlebot crawl list, and your site will appear in appropriate search results.
Bing URL Submission
Go to the following link: http://www.bing.com/docs/submit.aspx than enter captcha text shown in the box. Type in your URL, example: such as http://www.yoursite.com than select select “Submit URL”.
ASK URL Submission
From 2012, Ask does not have a URL submit feature and not even sitemap submit feature. It has now retired this feature and says they will be crawling sites instead. So, the next best thing is to add a directive in your robots.txt file that specifies auto-discovery of the XML sitemap.
SITEMAP: http://www.the URL of your sitemap here.xml
The sitemap location should be the full sitemap URL.
That’s it! Once you complete the above steps, just sit back and be patient. It takes time for the search engines to index your pages. If you submit more than once, some search engines may consider this spamming which could result in not indexing your site at all.
DMOZ (Open Directory Project) Submission
Go to URL www.dmoz.org than select appropriate category & sub-category for your website. After selecting the appropriate sub-category, click on ‘suggestURL’ from the top navigation bar than enter following details:
- Site URL
- Title of site
- Site Description
- Email Address
- User Verification & click on submit
Alltheweb, Altavista, lycos, excite and other search engines automatically search your website if it is submitted to above search engines. Yahoo directory submission is a paid service or it automatically takes your website if it is indexed on Bing.