Starting an Online Business: Search Engine Submissions are an Important Step!

Submit Your Site to Search Engines & Directories featured submission software and services >>> A critical stage in the potential success of any internet business is the submission process. This step should never be undertaken until your site is at its best, complete in every sense, and optimized to attract the best search engine rankings, and directory listings. Once you are comfortable with your state of readiness, there are still a couple of choices that need to be made relative to self-submission, or utilization of a service dedicated to that craft. Keep in mind throughout the process that although many services boast the ability to submit your site to 1000’s of sites, the top rated portals are where the majority of your potential traffic will be found. Ensuring selection of a reliable submission service that carefully manages the delivery of your site information to the top portals, within their guidelines for submission should be your priority. Site submission can be broken into a few specific categories: Directory Submission Directories such as Yahoo and the Open Directory Project require manual submission to a category chosen by the submitter. For tips on how to prepare your site, and your submission, to achieve the highest rankings possible, visit Online’s guide here. Once prepared, the following links will guide you to these premiere sites. Find your category of interest, then choose the submit button at that location. Yahoo is the premiere directory site, offering thousands of potential visitors to the entrepreneur who gains a top quality search listing. Submission to business, or ecommerce categories now requires a payment, which does not guarantee inclusion, simply an efficient review time. Looksmart is a completely pay for service directory, categorized much like Yahoo. Looksmart listings feed into many of the most popular portal sites on the web, such as MSN, Excite, Alta Vista, and CNN. Open Directory Project is an entirely voluteer based directory, whose results feed into portals such as AOL, Google, Netscape, and more. There is no cost to submit to the ODP, and placement within this property can play a substantial role in traffic generation once your site is listed, and picked up by the major portals. Search Engine Submission The following sites are considered the premiere spider-based engines of the day. Submission to them can be accomplished either manually, or through the assistance of a software package, or service. Many of these properties maintain a directory area fed by one of the above portals, as well as a true spider based search engine. To ensure your property is in a state of complete readiness prior to beginning the submission process, visit Online’s guide to site ranking preparation here, then submit using the links below. Inktomi/MSN Web Pages Fast – Niche & Geographical Submissions The final area of value in submission of your recently completed internet ecommerce property is the use of niche and geographical listings. There are innumerable country and market based directories around the world that will accept free listings from relevant sites. These listing may not generate a substantial amount of traffic, but can add significantly to your overall link popularity ratings, thus impacting placement of your listing on the largest portal search engines. Research your market area, and apply some time toward this line of submission to maximize overall potential. Submission Software and Services The following software and services offer the advantage of either a relatively automated process of submission to the most popular search engines, to an entirely outsourced and hands off solution that frees up the site operator’s time for additional research, customer service, or marketing efforts. Some of the most popular of these products are listed below for your review. Premiere Submission Software Solutions Webposition Gold TopDog Submitta Submit Wolf Premiere Submission Service Providers Verica Submission Services   Related Subjects: Preparing your site for submission to directory based engines Preparing your site for submission to spider based engines     top of search engine submission tools