2.2. Submitting Your Sites to Search Engines
Google and most other search engines use several separate mechanisms:
To start with, if your site hasn't been found, you won't be ranked by a search engine at all (to state the obvious). So the first task is getting your site into the systems of Google and other search engines.
If you have inbound links links to your sitesfrom other sites in a search engine's index, then the search engine's spider will find your siteeventually. But why not see if you can speed the process up?
The rub, of course, is that by submitting a form to a search engine there is no guarantee if, and when, your sites will be included by a given search engine. The best approach is to list your site using the search engine's procedures, and check back in six months to see if you are included in the search engine's index. If not, submit again. In other words, this is a process that requires patience and may produce limited resultsbut at least the price is right!
Summarizing, search engines find the web pages they index by using software to follow links on the Web. Since the Web is huge, and always expanding and changing, it can be a while before this software finds your particular site. Therefore, it's smart to speed this process up by manually submitting your site to search engines.
2.2.1. Important Search Engines for Submission
Table 2-1 shows some of the most important search engines to which you should submit your site, along with the URL for the site's submission page.
2.2.2. Submission Tools
You may also want to use an automated site submission tool that submits your site to multiple search engines in one fell swoop.
It's quite likely that your web host provides a utility with this functionality that you can use to submit the URLs for your hosted domains to a group of search engines. Figure 2-1 shows the results of a site submission using the tool provided by one web host (you'll probably find that your web host provides something similar).
Figure 2-1. This web host utility lets you automatically submit your site to a number of search engines at once
If you search Google with a phrase like "Search Engine Submit," you'll find many free services that submit to a group of search sites for you. Typically, these free submission sites try to up-sell or cross-sell you on a product or service, but since you don't have to buy anything, why not take advantage of the free service? The two best-known examples of this kind of site are Submit Express , http://www.submitexpress.com, which will submit your URL to 40 sites for free (just be sure you pass on the various offers you'll find on the site) and NetMechanic , http://www.netmechanic.com, another search engine submission site along the same lines.