A question that comes up from time to time and a task that I complete for every site I launch, is submitting it to the search engines. With billions of sites and pages online this isn’t an instantaneousness process and it takes some patience, but here are two basic ways to accomplish this task.

Submit it Manually

The tried and true method is to submit your sites to the search engines through their submission forms. This can usually be found on their contact page. Here is a link to the submission forms for the major search engines.

  • Google
  • Bing (aka. MSN, Live.com)
  • Yahoo – May require a login to their SiteExplorer system that both submits and analyzes your site.
  • Ask – You need to create a sitemap first and then submit it using their API –

This can take a couple days to weeks for them to send the bot your way.

Submit it by Reference

A quicker way to get noticed is to use sites that are well indexed already online and publish a link to your site there.

Here are few examples:

  • A site or blog you already own, if it is indexed often and popular.
  • Public pages/profiles on social networks.
  • Organization directories especially well linked ones.
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Twitter

A future post will cover creating and submitting sitemaps, which is the preferred method for keeping search engines aware of your site’s pages. Also checkout the article on Search Engine Friendly Menus so they can find their way through your site once you have submitted it.