Which sites should you be sure to get listed in so that you will gain more visitors? Well, everyone wants visitors and being listed in the search engines won’t guarantee more visitors if you don’t have some half decent quality on your site, but it will certainly help.
Whenever I create a new website I go around to all of these sites and submit my url:
Google: This link takes you directly to the Google add your url page. You only need to submit the index page of your site. If you’ve set up your navigation on your page, created a sitemap on your site or by using Google Sitemaps, Google’s spiders will eventually crawl your whole site.
Yahoo: This link should take you directly to Yahoo’s free submit site page. You’ll need to sign in with your Yahoo I.D. in order to submit your site. Again, you only need to submit the top level page of your site to get Yahoo to begin spidering your site. Alta Vista, and All the Web pull their results from Yahoo’s Overture listings.
Yahoo Site Explorer – I’ve also listed all of my websites and Blogs on Yahoo Site explorer. You can list your site url and your site’s RSS feed in the explorer.
MSN Live Search URL Submission – I’ve found that sites get listed fairly quickly on the MSN search engines when I submit there.
DMOZ – Open Directory Project – A number of search engines pull their search results directly from the listings on DMOZ. Netscape, and AOL are among the popular search engines that now use the Open Directory Project. You’ll need to scroll through the DMOZ directory until you find an area that suits your site, and then submit or suggest your url in that area. It can take a long long time to get listed in DMOZ, but don’t give up hope.
MSN Submit It – get your site listed on MSN as well. I’ve found that when I submit my new sites to MSN they get picked up quickly.
If you have a blog you should submit to these sites as well:
Technorati – If you want visitors this site is one of the best to get listed on if you have a blog. Sign up for an account at Technorati, and then select “Claim Blog” and follow the directions to get your site listed.
The Truth Laid Bare – Another important site to be listed on. Register for an account, and then add your blog. You’ll have to put some code on your site so that the Truth laid Bare site can track your blogs popularity and links in and out.
There are plenty more search engines and blog directories to list your sites in, but these are the ones to begin with, and in my opinion are the ones that are most important if you want to begin getting visitors.