Probably the best way to get listed in a search engine’s index is by getting a link from another website to yours. However, this isn’t always that easy since most new website owners aren’t sure where to get a DoFollow backlink from. So, I’ve listed the 3 most common ways to get your website listed in the search engines, along with some helpful links. These methods are direct search engine submissions, submitting an xml sitemap and acquiring backlinks.
There is an old myth that you need to submit your website directly to each of the search engines to get listed. This is probably the slowest and worst way to get listed. I can’t tell you how long it will take for your site to get indexed because I haven’t used this method in at least 5 years. In any case, here are the links to submit your website directly to the search engines using their respective search engine submission forms.
This is probably the most difficult method for individuals new to the web, because it requires website verification if you want to submit your sitemap to Google and Yahoo!.
This is my recommended method for getting listed and ranked in the search engines. Without back links the other two methods may get your website indexed in the search engines, but won’t have a direct impact on your rankings.
There are unlimited methods for getting backlinks to your website, but since you are reading this post I’m going to assume you are fairly new to the web and most of the link bait methods won’t do you any good. So, here are some quick and easy FREE ways to get back links to your website so the Google and Bing web crawlers will discover it and add your web pages to their index. (Make sure they are Dofollow backlinks!)
Here’s a full list of search engines. You don’t need to submit your website to some of the other major general search engines such as blekko, DuckDuckGo or Teoma.
Best of luck!