Initial Search Engine Placement:Tips to Get Listed on Search Engine
You can get listed on search engine within a week or maximum within 2 weeks without even submitting your URL. Moreover, it is widely said nowadays that letting the search engine 'spider' index your web site is better strategy than submitting URL. That is, don't submit URL to search engines: instead, let search engines find your web site, because search engine values the site (which is found during usual crawling) more than the one crawled by submission.
How to let search engines find your home page?
It's not difficult nor technical. In theory your site must be indexed on search engine without submitting your URL because search engine spider program will crawl your web site unless you totally hide your web site on the web. Tips are the techniques that force the search engines crawl your site so that your home page can be listed on search engine within a week just after you upload your HTML files on your host. There is one condition, though. Your web pages must have some contents. Don't be panic. I believe almost every web site has decent content pages.
How to know your site is indexed or listed on search engine?
Before applying following tips, check weather your site is listed on search engines. To do that, type "site:your homepage address", for example, "site:www.yourhome.com" without quote in the search box of Google, Yahoo! Search or MSN. If your site is indexed, you will see list of your web pages. If not and if you see something like "Your search ... did not match any documents.", your site is not listed yet.
If your site is listed, you don't need to read this article further. You have to focus on how to improve your search engine ranking.. If you're not indexed in search engine yet, apply following tips and you'll be listed on search engine within a week or two.
Tip #1:Create RSS feed and add it to your My Yahoo and My MSN account
Whether you know about RSS or not doesn't matter. Just create RSS feed of your web content pages or articles on your web site and I'll show you how to create RSS feed and explain how to use it to make your home page get listed on search engines.
First, create RSS feed
You can create RSS feed with "FeedForAll" software (for Windows user) without any background knowledge of RSS. It enables you to create RSS feed and update your RSS feed whenever you add new contents to your web site without hassle.You can download free trial of "FeedForAll" at FeedForAll free trial or buy FeedForAll here.
Another way to create RSS feed is:
Now you're half done. Let's move to the real tip.
Add your RSS feed to YOUR "My Yahoo!" and "My MSN"
If you don't have "My Yahoo!" and "My MSN" account, create them now. You can create them at "my.yahoo.com" and "my.msn.com" and they are free. After having these accounts, locate "add to My Yahoo!" and "MY MSN+" buttons linked with your RSS feed file on your web site. To locate those buttons, do the following.
Why adding your RSS feed to your My Yahoo!" and My MSN account guarantees you to be indexed?
Within 24 hours after you add your RSS feed to your account, Yahoo! Search and MSN search engine will crawl your site. More than 90% certainty, your site will be indexed in Yahoo! Search and MSN. But it will take about a week or a bit more to be listed because there is a delay between crawling and indexing.
Tip #2: Post questions or opinions to the forum.
Subscribe to the forums that is relevant to your site theme. You can find lots of forums by typing "forum your-site-keyword" without quote in search box. Choose one or two forums that seem to have many members and to be active. When you register the forum, write down your home page address in the registration form (most of forums provide the box that you can fill with your home page address). And provide your home page link at signature box. One of ways to provide link is using "BBCode", for example, "My home page:[url=http://www.myhome.com]My Home Target Keyword [/url]". You can make a link by using HTML code if they allow.
So, the more post you do with your home page link in signature box, the better chance you get listed.
Tip #3 Use your blog to promote your home page.
It seems everybody is blogging. If you're not in this trend, please consider stating blogging.
Using the above three tips, you will certainly achieve the initial search engine placement on Google, Yahoo! Search, MSN and probably other search engines. You even don't need to submit your URL and moreover it's not recommend nowadays. The initial search engine placement is easy and sure thing if you apply the above tips..
If your home page doesn't seem to get listed on search engine after a week...
If this is the case, something went wrong. Check following things:
Correct the above problems, if any, then keep on posting and blogging and try to get inbound link. Also update your web site with new content, then update RSS feed and ping your updated RSS feed to My Yahoo! and My MSN.
To ping your updated RSS feed, copy the following address (remember you have to change "www.yourhome.com/mypages.rss" with your RSS feed file URL), paste it to your browser (e.g, IE or Firefox) address bar and hit Enter.
to My Yahoo!
to My MSN
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Ryen Kim is an MBA, specialized in marketing research and analysis. His current focus is the "Affiliate Business" as a work-at-home scheme. For that matter he's running Home Based Affiliate Business and Affiliate Marketing Blog.