RE: (Information Systems Forum) search engines 101
- Hi Dawn,
I believe that this issue was addressed a while ago, but I'll sum up the
basics. Submitting your web site to search engines is an absolute waste of
your time and possibly money. You will reap no significant benefit from this
In time, your site will be spidered (although you can now pay for immediate
inclusion in the Yahoo directory). The best thing you can do is get some
other stronger web sites to link to you. This way you'll always be found.
If you're looking to get top rankings and you've got a lot of time on your
hands, I suggest you start reading up on "search engine optimization." A
couple of good places to start are:
If your terms are highly competitive or you do not have the time, and it
requires lots of time, I suggest you hire a professional SEO consultant that
can prove some of his successes to you. There are tons of them out there and
can fit most any budget. I'd go into more detail but this email would start
turning into a book :-).
President, Director of I.T.
Boston Computing Network
From: Dawn Folopoulos [mailto:dfolopoulos@...]
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 7:28 AM
Subject: (Information Systems Forum) search engines 101
Good Day Everyone,
I have very little experience with search engines and I need to get my
non-profit's site registered.
Can anyone please direct me to the most efficient way to get my site listed
with the major search engines?
Also, how often should I go back and re-register?
Thanks all and have a great day,
- Hi, Dawn. Rajib correctly points out the uselessness of search
engine submittal, particularly in your case where your site
(presumably that of your email address) is already listed at Google,
MSN, and Yahoo! Here is a much longer response I wrote when this
topic was raised a while back:
> -----Original Message-----get my
> From: Dawn Folopoulos [mailto:dfolopoulos@p...]
> Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 7:28 AM
> To: Information_Systems_Forum@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: (Information Systems Forum) search engines 101
> Good Day Everyone,
> I have very little experience with search engines and I need to
> non-profit's site registered.site listed
> Can anyone please direct me to the most efficient way to get my
> with the major search engines?
> Also, how often should I go back and re-register?
- A quick clarification on this thread... Not *all* search engine submission
is a "waste of time". For those launching new sites, or for those with sites
that have somehow escaped being indexed by search engines, it does make
sense to do a manual/free submission (links below). I believe the type of
submission referred to earlier relates to companies/services claiming to do
an automated submittal to "hundreds of search engines" for a fee - those are
a waste of time, as previously discussed here.
Once your site is listed with a given engine, there is no need to re-submit.
But getting listed is only half the battle... Being found/improved rankings
come through search engine optimization (SEO) by making your site's content
relevant to the terms you want to target (also discussed further in Josh's
Google submission page:
Yahoo submission page:
Human Service Solutions
- Hi Josh,
Thanks so much for you feedback. The link to your previous post was great. I
am still not too sure what to do but I sure know what not to do. You and
the others on the list have saved me so much wasted time.
Thank you, Dawn
Dawn Folopoulos, Regional Coordinator
Parents Helping Parents
ph: 978-372-5012 fax: 978-372-0226
14 Victor St. - Haverhill, MA 01832
Parents Helping Parents - State Office 1-800-882-1250
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