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10 Places You Must Submit Your Site

Every month my sites receive thousands of visitors from search engines. Most of the traffic I don't pay a single penny for. And you can do the same thing. But you have to submit your URL's to the right places -- the top search engines and directories on the web.

And yes, there ARE still search engines that will accept your site submissions for free. There are actually seven extremely busy search engines that have not (not yet anyway) migrated to requiring payment for listings.

There are also a few "paid submissions" that are worth the somewhat steep price. But before you consider those, submit your site to the still-free search engines. Here are direct links to the submission areas of all seven...
  1. Google
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  2. HotBot
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  3. AltaVista
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  4. DMOZ - The Open Directory Project
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  5. Direct Hit - An Ask Jeeves Service
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  6. Fast - (Formerly "All the Web")
Those seven search engines above have been responsible for sending literally thousands of visitors to my websites and they will send thousands more. And as I mentioned, the best part is that I didn't have to pay them a penny.

But that's not to say that paying for a listing in a search engine is a bad thing. Sure, lots of "purists" have been bashing the search engines' move to charging for listings. But let's face it, they are in business to make money too. And advertising revenue is not what it used to be for many of these companies. Their CPM (cost per 1000 banner impressions) rates have dropped significantly and they need other revenue sources. So why not charge businesses for a listing?

Now as a small business owner you cannot go around and start paying every search engine that wants a hundred bucks or more just for the privilege of listing your site (or just considering it!) You have to concentrate your budget on just the search engines that can deliver serious website traffic. Those are the engines, or networks of engines with the most traffic themselves.

After forking out some money myself, I've narrowed this down to just three that are undoubtedly worth the price. They are...

8. Yahoo! Business Express

Currently $299 for non-adult sites, Yahoo! still has the busiest directory by far and you'll get lots of traffic from a decent listing.

9. The Looksmart Network's Express Submit

Also $299, this network powers over 1/2 million websites including AltaVista, CNN, Excite, iWon, Microsoft Network, Netscape Netcenter, NetZero and WebCrawler.

10. Inktomi's Search/Submit service

At just $30 a year for the first URL and $15 for each additional, this is a cheaper solution to the Looksmart Network submission. Inktomi powers searches through 50 leading portals and web search partners including; HotBot, MSN,, GoTo, NBCi and iWon. The best part is that the network updates every 48 hours so you get your listing in quickly.

OK, there you have it. A quick, cut to the chase, search engine submission guide. Just be sure that before you submit your site to ANY search engine or network that your site is ready to be listed favorably. This means adding targeted keywords to your content, META tags and title as well as spell checking and browser checking your site. Once you are sure everything is set to go, visit those 10 URLs and submit your site!

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