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    Search Engines

    I just put my site on the web last week but it doesn't show up in any search engines. I have the title in the header. What else can I do that won't involve spending any money? It's an HTML page.

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    Re: Search Engines

    There is a little more to it than simply posting your site. You must submit your site to each search engine that you wish to have your site listed in. Moreover, you must also include relevant keywords using Meta tags (more about this in a minute).

    You can manually submit your site to various search engines by looking for a "Submit your site" link and following the instructions. You can also use some cheap or free applications to automatically submit your site for you. You can check CNet's Download.com site for a list of these (Search Download.Com for "Submit"). Although you indicated that cost is a major factor, you can also pay services to submit your site automatically for you. The cost of these varies from $25 to over $100 (US Dollars).

    I noticed that it took about 8 weeks for one of my clients' sites to be picked up by Google/Yahoo after initial submission.

    As for the META tags, you'll want to include a line in your < head > tag that includes a description of your site along with keywords, such as:<pre><meta NAME="description" Content="Woody's Watch free ezines for
    Microsoft Office, Windows, Access and Project">
    <meta NAME="keywords" Content="Microsoft, Office, Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint,
    Access, Project, FrontPage, Publisher, Photodraw, Sharepoint, VBA, Visual Basic,
    Office 2000, Office 97, Office XP, XP, help, tip, tips, advice, virus, anti-virus,
    beginners, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows XP, Palm, Handspring"></pre>

    (this is what you'll find in the http://www.woodyswatch.com page.

    You can also inclue a line to tell robots to search your site. Robots are the automated software searches used by major search engines (this helps speed up the process):<pre><meta name="robots" content="all"></pre>

    HTH <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Search Engines

    A bit more about Mark's comments:

    META tags are the most important thing you can do. Make sure you have them on every page you want to have show up. Learn how to use the different META tags as well - you can have META Abstract, for example, which has a very specific purpose for search engines (it's a short description of your site or the page).

    With the major search engines, such as MSN, AOL, ad nauseum, don't hold your breath waiting for results unless you crack open your wallet and pony up the credit card. Sad but true. On the up side, though, a LOT of people just "Google it" and Google doesn't charge you.

    Link to other websites if you can. That will also increase your page ranking on Google.

    If search results really matter, look up WebPosition Gold. It will submit your pages to the major engines on a schedule, and will also help you target your META tags and other little things so that you get optimal results.
    -Mark

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    Re: Search Engines

    Thanks guys. I will be sure to add the meta tags.

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