Manual Search Engine Submission

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by Jayaram V

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"Beware of SEOs that claim to guarantee rankings, allege a "special relationship" with Google, or advertise a "priority submit" to Google. There is no priority submit for Google. In fact, the only way to submit a site to Google directly is through our (Google's) Add URL page or through the Google Sitemaps (Beta) program, and you can do this yourself at no cost whatsoever" - Google *


"Don't use unauthorized computer programs to submit pages, check rankings, etc. Such programs consume computing resources and violate our Terms of Service. Google does not recommend the use of products such as WebPosition Gold™ that send automatic or programmatic queries to Google. " - Google **


This article was written several years ago when we were living in a different world and the rules of sanity dictated that your success in the dotcom world depended upon how well connected your website was with its peers and friends on the fast growing web. Unfortunately, we now live in a different virtual world, ruled over by Google, and its bots.

Google began its remarkable success story by ranking the sites according to their link strength. Your success depended upon how many other sites were linked to yours and how popular the website was in terms of backlinks. Many SEC companies saw in it an opportunity to spam the web, and use black hat techniques to promote the sites of their customers. This resulted in a sweeping reforms in Google's Algorithm, which effect not only the bad ones but also several good websites.

As a result the situation has changed. While in the past everyone wanted to be linked, now everyone wants to be delinked. Directory Services are the most hit. The nuts and bolts of the internet are loosened to put Google as the main cranking machine in the midst of all of networks.

Unwittingly Google has become the center of the internet universe. Somehow we have reached a stage where, most website owners have to  live at the mercy of Google. Now, Google has the freedom to link to and be linked by every website, while others have to pay attention where and how their sites are linked.  Your site popularity now depends not upon how well it connected but how well it is evaluated by Google and their AdSense scorecard.

Other than using the social networks,  you have now fewer options to broadcast your site and reaching out to a wider audience. Mostly it is Google, and to some extent Bing, who determine how well you should be received and rewarded for your efforts. We, the lazy people, have made Google the indisputable master of the internet. If you want traffic or get noticed, you cannot simply rely upon SEO or networking anymore. You may have to join Google Ad words and pay upfront generously, rather than trying to network on your own and building back links.

Hence, please read the following at your own risk. Now, there is no guarantee that you will get traffic by submitting your website to hundreds and thousands of search engines. I am not even sure how these other search engines are surviving the competition and stay afloat. The route to good search ranking, nowadays, is through authorship, social networks, Google+ accounts, hangouts, content rich pages, prayers, and unique features.

Manual Submission

You can manually submit your website to several search engines to ensure that your website has been properly registered with them. While the automatic submission is a sure and fast way to reach out to hundreds of search engines, the manual submission is a slow and steady process. But one thing that you can be sure about this is that you are in control of it and with and time effort over a period of time you can achieve astounding results. You can do this by going to the submission page of each search engine and submitting your site url. You may not be able to do all this in one day. But each day you can plan to submit to a few search engines and thus within a few weeks you would have reached out to all the major search engines. Best of all, you don't have to pay to the SECs (the Search Engine Optimizers). Following are some of the benefits of submitting your website manually to search engines:

1. If you have a limited budget this is the best option. You can save money.

2. With few tricks of search engine optimization techniques you can accomplish what the SEOs (Search Engine Optimizers) can do for you. To know how you can optimize your website for search engine submission click here.

3. There is no guarantee that submissions through SEO's would improve your website ranking. Much depends upon what they ask you to do and what you do with their suggestions.

4. Manual submissions help you gain insight into the process of registration. You will learn valuable lessons about meta tags, key words, body tags, browser compatibility, html errors, broken links , title description, and other features that will eventually make your website search engine friendly and improve its ranking.

5. You can be sure of your submissions.

6. You are in control of the whole process and do it at your convenience according to a plan.

Suggestions for submission

The following suggestions may help you during the submission process:

1. Some of the search engines may be commercial and require you to pay in order to get listed. You can ignore them if you want to.

2. Pay attention to the privacy policy of each site as you may be required to part with some personal information about you and your site before the submission.

3. Create an exclusive separate email for search engine submissions to avoid getting spammed.

4. Submit only to the top of the search engines if you do not want to submit to all.

5. Submission is easy. Click on each link and follow the guidelines provided by each service. Each link opens in its own window. So you can maintain continuity while submitting the site.

6. Start your submission with Google, the leader in Search engines

Lists of Major Search Engines


Search Engines Categorywise

General search engines
Meta search engines
Regional Search Engines
Pay-per-click search engines
Email-based search engines
Clustering search engines
Answer-based search engines
Google-based search engines
Yahoo!-based search engines
Job search engines
Shopping search engines
Blog search engines
News search engines
Multimedia search engines
BitTorrent search engines
Medical search engines
Business Search Engines

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