Your website can be as search engine optimised as it's possible to be, but if you haven't submitted it to search engines, the chances of people happening across it will be slim and you'll find it difficult to increase your traffic. This guide will show you how to submit your domain name to search engines and explain the process your site will go through before it comes up in search results.
Although there's a good chance your site will eventually be found automatically, submitting it to search engines will guarantee it is found and will speed up the process. Search engine algorithms are shrouded in mystery - but with 70-80% of web traffic coming from search engines, not submitting your domain name isn't really worth the risk.
There are three main search engines you need to submit your domain to - Google, Yahoo and MSN, all of which are free. Click the links to be taken to their submission pages. Most other search engines either aren't taking new submissions or are covered by one of the main three. SEO experts generally agree with the top 11 search engines accounting for 90% of web traffic, there's no need to pay to submit your domain to anything else.
It's recommended you submit your domain as soon as you have registered it. Some SEO experts believe Google 'sandboxes' or withholds new sites to determine whether they are credible, rather than just spam. Because of this, it may be as long as two months before your site is indexed - so make sure you submit your domain early.
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