Is Your Site Search Engine Friendly?
One of the most frustrating things about search engine submissions is that they won’t tell you when and if your pages have been listed. The last thing you want to do is to keep re-submitting your site – do this and you run the risk of being accused of spamming and you’ll never get listed.
An easy way to see if your site is listed is to go the search engine AltaVista, www.altavista.com. Once there check by entering the following in the search field: url:yourdomain.com
You will then be able to see where you are listed. As well as the above you can also go to any search engine and enter your domain name to see if any of your pages are listed.
Don’t forget also to go the main search engines and use the key words that you would expect those looking for your site to use. For example, if you’re running painting holidays in Wales, then go to Google or Yahoo! or one of the other main search engines and check to see what comes up.
As soon as you see a competitor’s site write down their domain name and use the technique I showed you earlier to see who they are linked to, which is where you want to be also.
As I said earlier, there are a number of commercial sites who, for a relatively hefty fee, promise to submit your site to lots of search engines. They’ll only submit your site to these search engines; there’s no guarantee that your pages will get listed.
A number of sites that offer a submission service are listed below. You may find that the cost of purchasing their submission package is justified depending your site’s objectives.
- Site Announce: http://www.siteannounce.com.
- Submit it: http://www.submit-it.com.
- Get Submitted (web hosting, marketing, site submission). http://www.getsubmitted.com.
Software and sites are changing all the time so play around with search fields using key words such as `submit your site to search engines’ etc.