If You Could Submit Just One Page To The Search Engines Which Should It Be?

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.

Give up?

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.

http://www.netroglycerine.com/sitemap.html

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.

Finally submit your site map page to Yahoo, Google and sooner or later MSN search once it's unveiled. To help with that here's the links:

Yahoo http://submit.search.yahoo.com/free/request

Google http://www.google.com/addurl.html

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".

In The News:


Search Engine Journal

Internal Link Structure Best Practices to Boost Your SEO
Search Engine Journal
Whether you're launching a new website, refreshing an existing site, or restructuring your content, your internal link structure will be essential to your SEO success. Internal links are any links that connect your webpages to one another. If you don't ...
8 major Google algorithm updates, explainedSearch Engine Land
The Essential Small Business SEO Audit ChecklistBusiness 2 Community
5 Steps to Improve Your Google RankingPromo Marketing (blog)
The Drum -Forbes -FX Daily Report
all 14 news articles »

Forbes

Is Keyword Density Still Important In SEO? - Forbes
Forbes
The emergence of the Hummingbird update (and subsequent semantic search improvements) suggests that body-level keywords aren't as important as they ...

and more »

Entrepreneur

The 7 Top Skills You Need to Be Good at SEO - Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur
At the core of every SEO campaign is at least one person calling the shots. Does he (or she) have what it takes?
SEO or PPC - Which Provides Better Value? - Business 2 CommunityBusiness 2 Community

all 5 news articles »

Search Engine Land

Maximizing the potential and value of your SEO team
Search Engine Land
Wondering how best to invest in your SEO talent? Columnist Bobby Lyons shares his management philosophy based on his experience as an in-house SEO ...
3 Advanced SEO Tactics Your Competition Doesn't Know ...Chief Marketer
The Marathon and the Sprint: How SEO and PPC Work Together for ...HuffPost
SEO Keyword Research for Beginners - Business 2 CommunityBusiness 2 Community

all 10 news articles »

Ask an Expert: 'For SEO, Better to Publish a New Blog Post, or Update an Existing One?'
Practical Ecommerce
“Ask an Expert” is an occasional feature wherein we pose questions to ecommerce authorities. For this installment, we address the best way to optimize content, such as blog posts and gift guides, for search engines. Ecommerce merchants often rely on ...


Forbes

How To Optimize Your SEO Results Through Content Creation
Forbes
By optimizing your content for search, you can ensure that more people will find – and potentially engage with – your organization.
How Spammers Hijack Abandoned URLs to Spread SEO Garbage ...Gizmodo
SEO Tips for better rankingsThe Tech Portal
What SMBs Should Know About Picking an SEO FirmSmall Business Computing

all 8 news articles »

Forbes

6 SEO Trends That Will Influence Your Content Marketing - Forbes
Forbes
Keeping up with trends in SEO and actually executing a strategy that generates the kind of results you're after is challenging. But you need to make SEO a ...

and more »

Business 2 Community

5 Quick SEO Tricks to Help Your Business Get Found on Google
Business 2 Community
Over 1 trillion searches happen on Google per year, making it the most popular search engine, and a primary focus for your small business SEO. It's especially important for your SEO when you're a local business owner. Searches with the term “near me ...


Forbes

How Voice Search Will Change The Future Of SEO
Forbes
Voice search is undeniably growing at a rapid pace, and for good reason — it's fast, convenient, allows you to search on the go, and it's just cool. Even better, as the technology behind voice search services like Siri and Cortana improves, it's ...

Google News

Selecting The Title Of Your Link Exchanges

I want to touch base with selecting the title of... Read More

Search Engine Monopoly

Ever wondered how one search engine is dominating the entire... Read More

Has Google Indexed Your Site ?

So has Google found your site yet?Over the last 12... Read More

Beyond Hits!

Your Website visitor reports are a goldmine of information. If... Read More

Owning Your Category Online - Is Our Website Broken?

"Owning your business category online is more than just a... Read More

Creating A Search Engine Copywriting Plan

Search engine copywriting has become an extremely important part of... Read More

Earn with Fun by simple SEO (search engine optimization)

It all happened 3 months back, I have a blog... Read More

List Building vs. Search Engine Optimization

It seems the excitement about search engine optimization fades in... Read More

Ten Steps To A Well Optimized Website - Step 2: Content Creation

Welcome to part two in this search engine optimization series.... Read More

Make Quality Content Your #1 Priority

It is by now a proven fact that content is... Read More

Top 10 Little Used SEO Strategies

There are millions of web sites trying to get listed... Read More

Googles PR System Explained

The complexities of Google's PR (Page Ranking) System have grown... Read More

2 Lesser Known Ways to Brainstorm for Internet Home Business Keywords

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) doctrine states that you should always... Read More

Marketing Articles: Getting A Better Search Engine Rank For All Of Your Pages!

In one of my articles, I discussed how to market... Read More

Banned from Google and Wondering Why?

There are those that get on the computer one night... Read More

SEO = Search Engine Optimization, tips on successful page ranking

One of the key things to remember when developing your... Read More

Google Page Rank - Important Or Just Another Number?

In my last newsletter I wrote about how your websites... Read More

The Ultimate Free Google Ranking Tool

The first months my website was online, I was constantly... Read More

Google Rank Cake

6 cups thick content mix 1 jar word of mouth,... Read More

Why Search Engine Traffic Should be Your Top Priority

Most Internet marketing methods are risky and many will not... Read More

Google Website and Web Page Indexing for Dummies

You may have heard how important it is to have... Read More

How to Improve Your Search Engine Positioning and Increase Traffic Today

Every website has times when traffic is higher than others.... Read More

Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Its a matter of here today, gone tomorrow at the... Read More

Page Rank - A Quick Overview for Beginners

Page Rank (PR) is a specific value for a website... Read More

Search Engine Optimization Tips For 2005 - Part One

Anybody who has their own website or is involved in... Read More