One of the first steps for any website should be to let the major search engines know of their existence. While none of the major search engines give any guarantee of listings letting them know you exist can shorten the time it takes for them to spider and index your site.
Let search engines know your site exists. Easy to do go to your favourite search engine and type
Submit my site to google
submit my site to Bing
and other similar searches. Bypass any of those spammy sites that offer to “submit your site to a gazillion search engines and directories for $30 ” Take the time to go to the search engines own submission page and follow their instructions.
If 3001web built your site you do not need to do this as we have already done it for you.
How Often Should You Submit?
Not more than once there is no need. If you have made your site search engine friendly the search engines will regularly find and re-index your site from links on other sites.
Submitting To Directories
Believe it or not, not all traffic comes from search engines. Legitimate directories are an excellent source of traffic.
You should begin by finding directories specific to your site, it isn’t hard. If for example you sell Jewelry, search Yahoo or Google for “jewelry directories” you will find thousands of sites who do nothing but list jewelry sites. Some will be free, some will require a link back (try not to do this as it makes it a reciprocal link which is not good) try a few different ones and pay for a listing if you can, keep an eye on your stats in your hosting control panel to see which ones actually send you visitors.
Do not underestimate these directories they are an excellent source of ongoing traffic. Spend some time listing in them.
What Should I Look For In A Directory?
Basically organization. A good directory will have clearly laid out categories and a search function. Look round the site as if you were a surfer looking to buy a specific piece of jewelry. Is it easy to use? If it is list in it. If it is covered with annoying pop-ups give it a miss, chances are if it bugs you it will bug surfers and they too will leave.
We think like this. You have a jewelry site. You search any of the major engines for “jewelry” your site is not in the top 10. So what makes sense? Get your site advertised on the sites that ARE in the top 10.