are Search Engines & Directories?
reports that search engines, directories and online communities
attract 92 percent of the Web population (95 million users, one
out of every three Americans).
lets learn what Search Engines and Directories are all about so
you can make a profitable return by using them to promote your business!
Engines rely on spiders often called robots or crawlers
to find webpages on the World Wide Web.
only find webpages through a link on a webpage they have already
visited or by having the URL submitted to them through a form on
the search engines website. A good example of a search engine is
on the other hand rely on human editors whose job it is to
find quality links to add to their directories. A good example of
a directory is www.dmoz.org
I said that search engines rely on spiders but what exactly does
a spider do?
A spider is a program that actually “crawls” the web
looking for websites and web pages. This program starts at a website,
loads the pages, and follows the hyperlinks on each page. In this
way, the theory goes, everything on the web will eventually be found,
as the spider crawls from one website to another.
I want you to think about all those companies that offer to submit
your website to the search engines for $29.95 per month. If the
spiders will eventually find us anyhow, why waste your money?
can I get my website found by a spider?
You can either submit it by hand yourself or just have links on
other’s websites pointing to your website. Eventually you
will be found. I don’t submit any websites now and mainly
rely on the spiders finding them. If you do wish to submit however,
you may, although it is no faster than the spider finding you on
its own. I want you to note that there is no harm in resubmitting
your website to search engines over and over again once you are
in it. There is also no gain and it won’t improve your rankings
to say a few words about submitting to Directories now.
You must remember that a human editor will be deciding whether or
not your website gets into their directory so always read the directions
to submit at each directory first before filling out their form.
Things that will cause you grief and not get you submitted are:
- Signs that
say “under construction"
- Broken links
- Missing images
- Poor or no
- Poor or little
So make sure
you read their instructions before you submit to get you in their
directory easily and without a hassle.
search engines and directories should I submit to?
Here's a good list to the main ones to get you started: