How do I add my website to search engines like Google, Yahoo, AOL?

I recently built a website, but I don't know how to go about getting it to come up in a search engine. I've looked it up on search engines ("how do I add my URL to a search engine"), but the only responses I'm coming up with are those that require a fee. Is it possible to get my site to be found by a search engine without paying a fee?

11 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    What kink of site do you have? yellow pages .com I think is free. but you want be in the top 10

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You can go to the engines and submit yourself, but the best way to get listed instantly without a wait is to run an Adwords or Yahoo advertising account.

    While submitting to engines is tempting and you want to get the word out to the spiders you will gain more points with the engines if they find you first. If you are low on money there are free ways to be found by the engines.

    Submit articles to free article sites with your link embedded in the author section or you can post comments on blogs with your URL as a signature. You can also find free diretories to list your site in being they rely on human submissions for their listings. The engines search the web daily and grab millions of sates, so the more places you put your site, the more points you'll get.

    Oh ... you can post your link on your Answers profile too. Make sure they are hyperlinks or the spiders won't see you.

    Good luck!

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  • You should search SEO on google and do some reading.

    Your site is probably already in google. Do as search for your domain name.

    You dont add your site via the search engine, the search engine find your site through back links. Other sites that are in the SE who link to your site, will tell the SE that your site lives there and has XYZ content.

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  • 1 decade ago

    hi, for google you can submit your url to them directly. this service is free-of-charge. However, chances are they won't take a second look at your website because there are simply too many submissions every day.

    for yahoo, you are required to pay them a submission fee and there is NO guarantee that they will list your website.

    tough luck, huh?

    the best way to get a listing is to work hard on SEO and lure the search engine spiders to your websites. good luck!

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  • 1 decade ago

    From my understanding, your website will pop up in search engines based on how many people visit your website (but how people visit your website if it's not in a search engine ) Ironic right???

    hope this helps...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    For Google you can go here to add your site. You can do a search like "add my site to ??(search engine you prefer)" and you should be able to find what you are looking for, that is what I did to find google's. Hope that helped.


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  • 1 decade ago

    go to the search engine from your page they should have a box on there to do it

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The following article will prove helpful to you in streamlining your SEO metatags in order to attract more Net traffic by higher search engine placement.

    The most effective way to advertise on the Internet is

    to first set up a website and publish its domain name

    on major search directories such as, [at and since 85% of Internet shoppers rely on these

    search directories to provide them with goods and

    services. In a sense, these search directories are a

    very large Internet Yellow Pages.

    Nevertheless, should your website or opening webpage

    fail to contain "generic" keywords, then anyone using

    such "generic" queries will not be able to discover

    your website. Your domain name [URL] of your website,

    in a sense, will be invisible, undiscoverable.

    You may want to consider some simple algorithms which,

    when observed and committed in designing of a website

    with placement of various critical metatags that can

    surely achieve a high search engine presence and

    increase Internet traffic to your website. These

    metatag strategies work well with published webpages

    at Google and Yahoo.

    Design: Should you create an extensive Flash-based

    website, make sure to fill-in the property entries

    such as the Title, Description and Keywords. Failing

    to do so, leaves no hard HTML or ALT resource that can

    be readily indexed by search robots. Also consider the

    Internet audience and their incoming setup. For

    example, if they are on analog/dialup, Flash webpages

    take too long to load up and therefore analog users

    will likely lose interest and discontinue entering the

    Flash site. On the other hand, anyone on hi-speed DSL

    lines, will welcome Flash pages which load quickly. So

    before designing a pure Flash websitge, ask the simple

    question, "Who's my end user - is he on dialup or

    DSL?" And if you had to choose between these two users

    for maximum marketability, then select analog users

    since 80% of most resident users are still analog

    Internet subscribers and pure HTML designed webpages

    is best for them.

    A non-Flash-based website which relies on hard text,

    is far easier to be indexed by search robots. Limit

    the use of stylized text saved as .gifs since as a

    graphic, they are not indexable by search robots.

    Avoid use of frames since any number of search robots

    are unable to properly classify textual material.

    Placement of Metatags:

    A ranking or search order does take place with Google

    and Yahoo and it begins with the "Title" metag which

    should consist of no more than 60 characters separated

    by commas. The "Title" should describe in generic terms, the goods and services, followed by a location from which the resource is located, i.e., city, state. The placement of a domain name which is not generic within the "Title" is not appropriate, unless your

    domain name is a major recognizable brand name.

    The second metatag is the "Description" which is

    usually up to 41 words to form a complete paragraph which

    best describes one's goods and services. It is not merely a list.

    And the very last category - "Keywords" are also

    somewhat limited to 15 words which can be plural

    and compound in nature. Again, avoid multiple entries

    which could be mistaken as "spamdexed entries" which

    is defined as the loading, and submission of

    repetitive words into a particular metatag category.

    "Spamdexing" when discovered on a webpage and reported

    to Google's can result in the

    elimination of your website from their search


    Here's an example of a very highly-placed website on Begin with the very "generic" search query

    "sandwiches downtown los angeles," taking note to not

    abbreviate Los Angeles to "LA" and of course, leave

    out the parentheses ("). It will bring up some 2.4

    million+ search results. Check out where ""

    is ranked. It's on the FIRST FRONT PAGE [ranked #5]!

    Again,'s high web presence was achieved by

    proper web design and placement of relevant metatags

    according to Google's publication guidelines.

    Good luck!

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  • 1 decade ago

    You already have some good answers for getting traffic to your website, however most of those will take from a few days to weeks, and even months. One of the quckest ways I have found to getting your site crawled by the search engines is through linking, but just any link. You want to link to a site that has a high page rank typically ranked 5 or above. I have seen sites using this technique get indexed in a matter of just a few hours.

    I actually work with an article content company that provides over 200 content rich articles every month that I use as content on some of my sites. One of the benefits with this company is that get to link to 30 of their website blogs, each one with a high page rank. You can get more details from my source link. Now here are a few ways to get traffic to your site for Free.

    If you have a tight budget, and you need to increase website traffic, there are a few things you can do. If you have not figured it out yet, starting a web site can strain your pocket book as you pay the necessary expenses for maintaining and promoting your site. Free traffic may be the very thing you need right now. It may seem too good to be true, but it is not. Even though you may not be making a monetary investment in this free traffic, it will require some of your chief assets; your time, energy, and creativity, so be ready to put forth some effort.

    • Links

    Getting links with other sites has been proven to be a great way to increase website traffic. Contact sites that have similar content, and is compatible with your site. as your site. Ask the site owner if they are willing to post your link and offer to post theirs on your site. By doing this little task, you will both increase your web traffic and boost your search engine rankings. You may have seen some automated ways of exchanging links, but you may want to avoid those methods. The routing of those links can impact its effectiveness. I use a company called Article Underground that I receive over 200 keyword rich articles to use as content for my websites. One of the benefits with this company is that they have over 30 blogs all with high page rank that you

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    Providing content for other websites can help increase traffic to your own. If you can write, you have a great resource for drawing links to your site, by providing content for other sites, and linking back to your site. Do not hesitate to contact local directory websites, trade associations, or any other web site that may link to your site.

    • SEO

    Search engine optimization is not always a ‘free’ method. You can put a lot of money into an SEO strategy.

    However, by supplying your site with quality conten containing

    keywords, posting a keyword enhanced blog, and increasing

    links with other sites, you can boost your rankings and find more and more visitors arriving at your web site.

    When you develop a strategy for your website that cooperates with the search engines and caters to your visitors, it will provide you with a solid foundation that can give you business growth for years to come.

    • Networking

    Never forget about good old fashion networking to get targeted traffic to your website. Forums are quickly becoming very popular for developing contacts. Whether you are doing business in person, or chatting online, use the

    opportunity to network with people you come into contact with. Infiltrate your local and your online community and get to know your competition as well as your clients or buyers. You may not be able to bond as well in an online community, but it is a great place to meet people, learn about what is new, and get the news out about your web site.

    Free traffic may not be free in the true sense of the word, in that you still need to invest time and energy.

    As an entrepreneur, you may feel that your time is too valuable for some of these methods, but the pay off can be HUGE.

    Develop a strategy for using these free traffic techniques, and chip away at it as you can. Over time you will see that you have built a thriving business.


    Generate FREE traffic to your site

    Get 200 PLR articles, and high page sites to link to

    Good Luck


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    meta names,

    headers at the top of html that identify the page,

    it takes a few years for them to permeate through google and yahoo, but mine have, thank god

    if you google my name, or yahoo it, I'm one or two on the list, my personal webpage, isn't that efficient?

    it looks like this:

    <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">

    <META NAME="description" CONTENT="put your keywordshere">

    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">

    Source(s): ok, I searched and found this
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