The 7 Best FREE Places to Submit your Website for Improved Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
July 10, 2009 by Jason Montero
About once a month follow the links below and submit the URLs for your Websites. Manually submitting your site to the major search engines will cause your site to be re-indexed so that new text and information will be recognized and cataloged. Although most major search engines have ‘robots’ or ‘spiders’ that roam the web cataloging sites, the frequency with which they visit your site is based on many factors: how established it is, how often it is updated, how many pertinent incoming links you have, etc…
It is significant to note that there are many search utilities on the web that are ‘powered’ by one of the major search engines, and are therefore essentially extensions of those engines. This means if you are registered with the main engine, you will likely also be included in the additional directories it is powering.
To learn more than you ever wanted to know about Search Engine Optimization and Search Marketing consult Search Engine Marketing 101 by the good people at Search Engine Watch.
The 7 best FREE Places to Submit your Website for Increased Traffic
1. Google (also powers AOL Search & Netscape Search) – The King of Search Engines, the 600 Lbs. Gorilla, Google has the largest market share of U.S. based web searches at 67% of all searches as of April 2008. Google’s stated mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google is now widely recognized as the world’s largest search engine — an easy-to-use free service that usually returns relevant results in a fraction of a second.
Free Submit: http://www.google.com/addurl/
2. Yahoo! Search (also powers AltaVista & Alltheweb) – The #2 seed with a market share of 20%. The stated goal of Yahoo! Search is to discover and index all of the content available on the web to provide the best possible search experience to users. The Yahoo! Search index, which contains several billion web pages, is more than 99% populated through the free crawl process.
Free Submit: http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/submit
3. MSN Live Search –Microsoft Network’s search tool is third with a market share of 7%. Everyone knows Microsoft, and as hosts of msn.com and Hotmail it is understandable that MSN Live Search would place in the top 3 practically by default.
Free Submit: http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx
4. Ask – Powered by Teoma: the first major search technology based upon the clustering concept of subject-specific popularity. The Teoma algorithm, now known as ExpertRank, claims to go beyond mere link popularity to determine popularity among pages considered to be experts on the topic of your search.
5. Gigablast – In 2006 Gigablast began to focus on providing search services to businesses. A “re-launch” in 2008 aims to bring high-quality, highly-relevant search engine functionality to individual search users.
Free Submit: http://www.gigablast.com/addurl
6. Exact Seek – ExactSeek is an internet search engine and directory that also powers 6 other web search engines (Aesop.com, OnSeek.com, MaxPromo.com, Best-SearchEngine.com, SitesOnDisplay.com and MetaWebSearch.com).
Free Submit: http://www.exactseek.com/add.html
7. Entire Web – When you submit your site to Entireweb it gets listed throughout their partner network of more than 20 search engines.
Free Submit: http://www.entireweb.com/free_submission/
Also visit Do-It-Yourself SEO: A Beginner’s Checklist for a great introduction to Search Engine Optimitization published in EntireWeb.com’s newsletter in April, 2008.