Which Search Engines Really Matter?

Which Search Engines Really Matter?

We’ve all seen the ads offering to submit our web site to thousands of search engines. We’ve all wondered whether there really are that many search engines out there. There probably really are, but who cares? If nobody uses them, they don’t matter to you. Unless you’re using software to automate the process, you shouldn’t bother with them at all. Even if you do submit to thousands, you really need to pay attention to a very few, listed here.

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First, we list the search engines. Follow our tips on preparing your site, keyword strategy, and sub 1000 mitting, and you’ll be well prepared to get traffic from them.

AltaVista.com
Infoseek.com
Excite.com
Lycos.com
Webcrawler.com
Hotbot.com
NorthernLights.com
MSN.com
PlanetSearch.com
Next, the directories. You can’t just submit your site and expect it to get indexed, because these three are all put together by human beings, who visit your site before deciding whether to include it. Follow our tips, but keep in mind that very few sites are listed in all three. About.com is the hardest, but it’s worth trying if your site is good enough.


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