We are often asked if there is any difference between submissions done manually or performed automatically. The answer is YES - They are different. How? You Won’t Be Wasting Your Valuable Time - It takes DAYS to manually submit your site to different Search Engines, Directories and Indices. Let us do this tedious work for you so you won’t be having a splitting headache after staring at that screen for hours trying to get it all done. As to the results achieved, there is no difference between Automatic VS Manual other than the time and energy saved on your part. Except for the following instance: The software that we utilize submits just “one” customer at a time to the entire list of the top 20 no pay search engines and directories. Once it completes the process for that one customer, then and only then, does it begin the process of submitting the next customer’s data to the search engines and directories. This way, only one client is submitted to a specific search engine at one time. This is the optimum method.
Some software packages, used by other submission firms, submit multiple customers to one particular search engine at one time. This can cause their submissions to be rejected and possibly fail.
How Long After I Place My Order Do You Submit My Site?
Once you place your order, your information is immediately put in queue for processing. Normally your site submission occurs within 4 days from the placement of your order.
When Will I Appear In The Engines?
Search engines and directories control their own databases and the time frame it takes to get into their search engines. Therefore, how soon you appear in any one particular engine or directory is totally up to them. This is something that no one other than the Search Engine or Directory itself has any control. Once your site is submitted, we must wait. It’s that way for ALL web site owners so be patient. There is NO way to speed it up. It takes time.
How soon can I expect to see my web site included in the search engines?” The earliest possible we are seeing is usually Entire Web and Exact seek in 2-3 weeks, Google 4-6 weeks.. Other engines will begin to pick you up on the average of 2-4 months with some taking as long as 5 months. Remember, whether you submit your own site manually or have us do it for you, neither of us has control to force the engines to show your site any earlier.
”Why is it taking so terribly long?” It’s a combination of a few things; 1) the enormous daily growth of the Internet. Hundreds of thousands of sites are being added continually and 2) the staff at many of the search engines has been drastically cut due to their poor profitability and restructuring changes.
Is there anything that you or we can do to speed things up? The answer is NO. We are waiting for their equipment to spider your web site and include you in their database. The ball is totally in their court and they’ll get to it as quickly as they possibly can.
Although we understand their reasons for the delays, it still causes frustration to everyone who is patiently waiting for their web sites to be listed. We will continue to submit our client’s site information to them on a monthly basis and keep an ever-watchful eye on the results. Your patience with their temporary delays is appreciated. Thank You.
How Often Should I Submit My Web Site?
First, let’s talk about why you should even have to resubmit your site at all. It would seem that if you submitted your site and got into the search engines and directories that should be enough. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Directories: Most directories are setup to keep just the freshest submissions in their databases. That’s why for directories, monthly or quartelry submissions are recommended (the exception is Yahoo!).
Search Engines: On the other hand, Search Engines try to keep your site for a longer period of time. But, even then we see web sites dropping from them at an alarming rate. There are many reasons for this to happen from spider timeouts, to your hosting server not being available at the time of spidering, to even a sloppy database file rebuild on the part of the Search Engine. Lets just suffice it to say that if you depend on your web site for revenue generation and the Search Engines to keep your site indexed without monthly resubmissions, you are heading to disaster and www.ican'tfindmysite.com problems.
Now to the question, how often to submit? There are a diverse number of opinions on this subject. We have found the optimum time to be Monthly.
How Do I Know I’ve Been Submitted?
Every time that we submit your site, we have a written confirmation of that process and a copy of the data that we have on file for your submissions. We include this to you so you can remember in the future what you have in our files and if you want to update it, just send us an email describing the changes required. This does not include your own web site’s meta tag programming or content. That is a separate issue that is handled by your programmer or by us for a fee.
Search Engines VS Directories
Search engines, such as HotBot, create their listings automatically. Search engines crawl the web, then people search through what they have found.
If you change your web pages, search engines eventually find these changes, and that can affect how you are listed. Page titles, body copy and other elements all play a role.
A directory such as Yahoo depends on humans for its listings. You submit a short description to the directory for your entire site, or editors write one for sites they review. A search looks for matches only in the descriptions submitted.
Changing your web pages has no effect on your listing. Things that are useful for improving a listing with a search engine have nothing to do with improving a listing in a directory. The only exception is that a good site, with good content, might be more likely to get reviewed than a poor site.
How Do Search Engines Rank Your Site?
When you search for a topic using a search engine you will almost instantly, sort through millions of pages that it has in its database and present you with the ones that best match your search topic. The results will be listed with what it considers to be the best match for your search being listed first.
They don’t always get it right. Sometimes pages that don’t relate to your search make it through, and sometimes it may take a little work to find what you are looking for.
Search engines follow a set of rules, to determine which pages best match your search with the main rules being related to the location and frequency of keywords on the web page. It is often referred to as the location and frequency method. KEYWORD RICH, DESCRIPTIVE CONTENT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT!
Most search engines will place a heavy amount of emphasis on what is stated in the TITLE tag of your web page. If you are looking for Hawaiian Vacations, the search engine will first look at sites Hawaiian Vacations listed in the Title Tag as there is an assumption being made that those pages will best relate to your requested search.
Search engines will also check to see if your search words appear near the top of a web page, such as in the headline or in the first few paragraphs of text. They go under the assumption that any page relevant to the topic will mention those words right from the beginning.
How often a keyword or key phrase is mentioned in the web page is another major factor in how search engines determine relevancy. A search engine will analyze how often keywords appear in relation to other words in a web page. Those with a higher frequency are often considered more relevant than other web pages.
Now its time to qualify the location/frequency method described above. All the major search engines follow it to a point but each search engine operates a little differently from the others. That’s why different search engines return different results for the exact same search.
To begin with, some search engines index more web pages than others. Some search engines also index web pages more often than others. The result is that no search engine has the exact same collection of web pages to search through.
Meta tags are often thought to be the “magic” behind being placed hi in the search engines. HotBot and Infoseek do give some small advantage to web pages that use keywords in their meta tags. But then others like Lycos don’t even read them at all. You have probably seen examples where pages that don’t have any meta tags still obtain a high position in the search engine. Remember, they are part of the overall solution to placement but they are NOT the only answers.