is free and it really works!
The information here could save you thousands of dollars, and a
lot of wasted time, waiting for results that never come. Don't be
fooled by the hype about submission services and the other scams
that are expensive and guarantee nothing. Most of these services
use "index spamming" which can actually get your site
banned from most reputable directories.
The standard wwwboard or bulletin board
provided free to many host accounts is a great way to promote your
site. There are literally thousands of them on the web. When you
submit to one of these wwwboards, you have actually created a "static"
web page on that server. This page actually is a link to your site,
from another site, on another server. This is critical to increasing
you site's ranking with the search engines.
HTML pages are mostly text, so they are not as fancy as the
large database driven sites. However, to a search engine robot,
the database site is almost invisible. Unless there is text to describe
the contents of the page, the search engine sees the page as blank.
So those lowly, plain html text pages are actually more important
to the success of your site than any of that fancy stuff!
You may use the URL in the location window on your browser as your
web page. By submitting information like your location, and
sales message on these wwwboards, then submitting the url of
the index page of wwwboard, to Google and DMOZ and other directories,
you are actually creating a link from that site to yours. The ranking
you get is largely based on the number of sites linked to your site,
not from your ip or domain. The idea is the more "other people"
that like your site, enough to link to it, the higher it is ranked.
This is the most fair method of assessing the true popularity of
the site. You may also submit these wwwboard pages to Alta Vista,
Hot Bot, Yahoo, MSN, Excite, Direct Hit, Northern Light, Google
and AOL which is really the DMOZ open directory project. To find
the submission pages for all these sites, go to http://www.google.com
and do a search with the keywords "submit url".
In the DMOZ. Submitting
your site to appropriate categories is another important point.
For the other directories like Yahoo, do keyword searches to find
categories that may indirectly include your particular business.
One good trick is to
get your home page linked in other sites, by going to links pages.
Get your site linked by emailing the site owner and ask to exchange
links. Most often they are in other areas and don't compete with
you directly. You then submit the page with the link to your site,
to sites like Google, Alta Vista and Excite. The more of these you
have, the higher you are ranked. Make sure to enter an email (hotmail
is fine), location of properties, and most importantly the URL
of your web site.
If you don't have a site
don't worry, you can still do it with just the Hotmail or other
free internet mail account. When you click submit button, you have
actually created a web page on the server. Use the URL in the location
window on your browser as your web page and online resume. Submit
this URL to all the above mentioned directories and search engines.
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