How to Submit Your Website to the Search Engines

search boxProbably 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.

Direct Search Engine Submission

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.

  • Submit to Google – URL for submitting your website directly to Google using their add URL form.
  • Submit to Bing – URL for submitting your website directly to Bing.
  • Submit to Yahoo! – URL for submitting your website directly to Yahoo! (Yahoo! is now powered by Bing, so I’m not sure if this form will do anything for you.)

Submit an XML Site Map

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!.

Obtain Backlinks

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!)

  1. Submit it to a business directory. The easiest free business directory for this is HotFrog.com
  2. Link to it from your personal or business blog
  3. Link to it from your social networking or business profile
  4. Ask a friend to link to it from one of their websites
  5. Submit a free press release to a website such to PRLog.org.
  6. Write an article related to your niche and submit it to an article marketing directory or submit it as a guest post on a related blog.

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!

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  • September 24th, 2010 at 11:36 am Gil Pauley said:

    Great article as always. Number two is an excellent method, where you cross link to your own blog or another website you have. However, one other good way to get links is to submit your site to various Directories–the no pay type. This Directory submission is time consuming, but rewarding. Before submitting to a Directory be sure to check what type of sites are listed in your categories of choice, so you don’t end up in a group with a bunch of “spammy” type links.

  • September 24th, 2010 at 12:55 pm Owen said:

    Wesley, there’s one more I’d add: write an article and submit it to Ezinearticles. With links in the resource box. Not only will that get a site crawled, it will instantly boost its organic ranking.

    How’s things on your side of the bridge? (I’m in Bellevue)

    Owen

  • September 25th, 2010 at 8:11 am Wesley LeFebvre said:

    Great points, Gil! I kinda covered that in point one, but didn’t mention there are several other directories you can submit your site to too. Like you said, be sure to seek out quality directories. Always appreciate your comments!

  • September 25th, 2010 at 8:22 am Wesley LeFebvre said:

    Hey Owen,
    You’re absolutely right! I just added your recommendation to the post.

    Things are good on this side of the bridge. We just moved to Tacoma, and are definitely missing West Seattle a bit. But we have a nice peaceful spot over here too. How are things on your side?

  • September 26th, 2010 at 6:22 am ryan said:

    thank for info i can to be you

  • September 26th, 2010 at 10:19 am Wesley LeFebvre said:

    You’re welcome, Ryan!

    Thanks for dropping me a line!

  • September 26th, 2010 at 7:06 pm Submit Site to Google said:

    Do not use your personal email to submit your website because you will receive many non relevant emails from this website and others too..

  • September 26th, 2010 at 8:23 pm Wesley LeFebvre said:

    Definitely a good tip if you use a site submission service, but if you are submitting directly to the search engines using their own web submission forms then there is nothing to worry about.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • April 1st, 2011 at 9:35 am Jim Kelley said:

    Your business directory suggestion “hotfrog” is good, but we have receive much better results from searchmonster.org. They must have some deal they’re working with the google and bing.

  • October 17th, 2011 at 4:26 am Jessica said:

    What’s actually the advantages of the XML Site Map over the other, for instance Site Map Generator?

  • October 17th, 2011 at 6:16 am Wesley LeFebvre said:

    Hi Jessica,
    Actually site map generators are usually used to create XML site maps. So there isn’t any difference in that sense.

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