Make Sure Your Website URL Is Submitted To The Search Engines
A friend of mine complained to me the other day because he still couldn't
find his website when he typed it into the Google or Yahoo search boxes.
Which of course meant the two major search engines hadn't found and
indexed his site. Which further meant his site as good as didn't exist.
Which upset him as he'd spent a lot of money having it built! I explained
that it often took several weeks for the search engine spiders to crawl a
new site. "Yea, but it's been more than two months!" he said.
That did seem to be a bit much. I was surprised it took him so long to
find out; he's usually not slow to complain about the weather or anything
else. It seems he'd typed the URL into the address box every day and
found his site without trouble, but he hadn't realized that that didn't
necessarily mean the search engines knew about it. Another friend had
told him he couldn't find it on Yahoo and he'd got concerned.
In fact, the site had never been indexed by the big engines because the
site's URL had never been submitted to them for indexing. He called up
the guy who he paid to build the site and started yelling but it was my
friend's own fault. There's an old saying: What the boss doesn't watch,
doesn't get done! Indexing is a detail that it is apparently easy to
For those of you new to this game, your URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is
nothing more than your domain name with the prefix
added. If you type the address
into the address line of any browser your site will appear within minutes
of you having uploaded it to your web host. But that doesn't mean the
address will be sent any time soon to the search engines. You--or
somebody else--have to take it to the engines manually.
How do you get it to the engines? Simple. Just run a search asking how to
index your site and the answers will appear for all the major engines. Go
to them and fill in the blanks with your URL. Then you wait. But probably
not for eight weeks!
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