Listen. Some make submitting pages to search engines sound like the fast track to search engine ranking nirvana. Not to mention you'll see offers to submit your site to a scadzillion sites for some low nominal fee.
Yeah right. It's enough to make Pinocchio's nose grow!
Because it's just not true. Basically there are really only three search engines that count. Google snags more than 60% of all searches. Yahoo 23%. While MSN search has less than 10%. Which leaves a bit over 5% for the remaining scadzillions to fight over.
So don't fall for the line those snake oil salesmen would have you believe. You know? That submitting to all known search engines will have the bots lining up like addicts at a methadone clinic to get at your site. With traffic following your high search engine rankings shortly thereafter.
Besides it's not even necessary. Since if you have just one link from a site already in Google or Yahoo those bots will find you. Sooner or later. Making it safe to keep your wallet securely in your pants or purse.
Now I tell you all this knowing there may be one exception. But only for those who insist on submitting out of some sense of leaving no stone unturned.
If that's you, do you know which one page might be the only possible exception to the "It Ain't Necessary to Submit Your Site" rule?
Let me cue up the Final Jeopardy music while you ponder that.
Okay, I'm talking about your site map. Reason being your site map points the bots to the promised land of all pages from your site. Or should.
Given that let me make this site map submission thing super quick and easy.
First to insure the bots can't help but find yours, put a link to your site map in the footer of every page on your site. That's right, EVERY page. This way no matter which page the bot lands on first it can't miss your site map. And in turn follow it to all the pages of your site.
But wait. You gotta have a site map to submit a site map, right? Well then, here's a nifty little site map generator that should be good enough to get you started.
It gets high marks from me because it works and it is available at no charge.
Here's how it works.
Enter your URL. Click none of the check boxes. Then hit ENTER on your keyboard since there is no start or run key on the page. Then right before your very eyes, in seconds, one general issue site map will appear.
Next "View Source". Cut and paste the code into your page template and away you go. One quick and dirty site map ready for submission. Or you can edit it a tad to clean it up a bit.
Oh and if you aren't enamored with that approach here are some other suggestions. Both free and for fee.
Anyway, whether you use a tool to shave hours off the process or feel compelled to create your site map by hand, submitting a site map is a once and done deal. Do so and sooner or later a hapless search engine bot will be assigned to check out the page you submitted. When it does it will think it hit web pages paydirt and get busy indexing all pages in your site.
There. Now you know which page, if any, to submit where.
Copyright 2004 John Gergye
About The Author
John Gergye shares more ideas like this in his just updated eBook "Traffic From Google in 35 Days". Find out more here: http://www.traffic-test-tube.com/j/tfg35cl.shtml. Or test your search engine IQ by taking his seo quiz http://www.traffic-test-tube.com/search-engine-quiz.shtml/ and get the free special report "Coming Out On Top".
Running an online business relies to a greater or lesser... Read More
Search engine optimization is a very critical task in the... Read More
In order to tap the huge stream of targeted traffic... Read More
With 40 million websites in existence, and more than 3... Read More
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is something you should be aware... Read More
With more and more experts and search engine enthusiastsclaiming the... Read More
If you would like to know when your site was... Read More
Earlier this year, I was having trouble getting good search... Read More
Like many folks, I have been using KEI for some... Read More
One of the most important steps in any site's publicity... Read More
Want to drive more targeted traffic to your web site?Want... Read More
Chances are you have been on the Internet and have... Read More
I had an email "conversation" this last week which I... Read More
Many internet marketers blow mountains of start-up cash on their... Read More
If you're looking for an SEO firm, we recommend that... Read More
No doubt, having a high search engine ranking is very... Read More
In efforts to increase sales and profitability, more and more... Read More
When it comes to search engine optimization strategy, there are... Read More
Don't be fooled into believing that all backlinks are created... Read More
Onpage search engine optimization are things that you can change... Read More
The Google Sandbox Effect has been discussed at length in... Read More
In parts 1 - 7, you learnt how to develop... Read More
It's taken you 6-months of hard work, constant changes, reading... Read More
Keywords have turned into big business on the internet. If... Read More
Where is the need to worry? Who needs a PR... Read More
My inbox this week provided glaring examples of three all... Read More
I am ranked #1 for that silly phrase at Google.... Read More
Not many web master take the time to use a... Read More
You finally have a website and you are ready to... Read More
In the process of designing a website for clients the... Read More
If you are confused about terms like "search engine optimization"... Read More
In order to get a top 10 google ranking it... Read More
After 105 days Google finally updated PR. And it's about... Read More
There is a lag time between the indexing or updating... Read More
The robots.txt file is an exclusion standard required by all... Read More
The popularity of weblogs or blogs has gotten a lot... Read More
First let's start with definitions:SEO: Search Engine Optimization, SFO: Search... Read More
Getting your site listed in the top search engines, such... Read More
Okay, you have a domain name, layout and content. Now... Read More
Yesterday you should have read the fifth course out of... Read More
It is official, the search engine wars are in full... Read More
"HLE" is a bit of a joke term, (or possible... Read More
Among the many things you need to worry about for... Read More
We have all heard that adding quality content to your... Read More
It is by now a proven fact that content is... Read More
Introduction"Link Popularity" ? these words may have caught your attention... Read More
About directories:A directory is simply a web site that contains... Read More
It's difficult to dispute the rational behind the rant since... Read More
I attended the SES Expo in San Jose, CA the... Read More
As a matter of fact, I recommend NOT wasting money... Read More
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Search Engine Optimization (SEO)