How to Get Websites Indexed by Search Engines

Built a new website recently? In that case, one of the crucial first steps is getting it indexed by Google and other search engines as soon as possible. As long as your site isn’t indexed (i.e. listed) on search engines, it will be almost impossible for new users to find your website. In this article, I will show you the fastest way to get indexed for free and get those visitors rolling in!

What Not To Do

Every search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing and others) lets you submit your website manually. You can find a link somewhere that says something along the lines of “Register your site with Google”. This option lets you enter your website’s address and basically politely ask the search provider to come by and have a look at it.

Sometimes you’ll also see services offering to “Submit your site to 200 top search engines internationally!” or something like that.

Avoid both of these things. Manually submitting your site to a search engine is a waste of time and using a service to have it done is a waste of money. After manual submission, it can take days or even weeks before your website actually gets indexed and what’s the point in having your site submitted to hundreds of search engines no one uses?

What To Do Instead

Here’s how to get your site indexed super-fast, in a nutshell: Make sure that there are links on popular sites, pointing to your website.

Why do you want to do this? The more popular and frequently updated a site is, the more often it gets visited by search engine spiders. Google crawls such sites on a daily or even hourly basis, adding new content and sites to the index. The thing is, when Google crawls the site and there’s a link on there, pointing to your website, the “bot” will follow that link and discover it. That’s usually all it takes to get your site listed.

The Nuts and Bolts of How to Do This

Forum Sig-Lines
Sign up to a forum with a topic relevant to your website, make a few posts and add a link to your new site in the signature. Make relevant and interesting posts! Don’t spam!

Social Bookmarking
Bookmark your site on delicious, mixx, folkd or any of the other few hundred bookmarking sites out there. The links on bookmarking sites get posted instantly and search engine bots are usually not far away.

Submit Some Articles
Simply write a short article on a topic relevant to your site and submit it to a free article directories.Every article directory let’s you place a few links in your “resource box” at the end of the article. You can even take the same article you wrote and submit it to more than one directory.

If you do all of the above, your site will probably get indexed in a matter of hours. Though I also want to caution against abuse of this kind of strategy. Don’t create a spammy sales-site and submit each and every page to Digg. Don’t write a crappy, “empty” article and submit it to article directories. Don’t annoy people on the forums by posting irrelevant comments and having an obnoxious collection of links in your signature.

If you try and go the way of the spam, you’ll only piss people off and probably get a few accounts banned along the way as well. All in all, not really worth it.
So, just remember: Even if your main goal is to get the attention of search engines, never forget the actual humans involved in the process as well.

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