Search Engine Submissions and Directory Submissions ( Search Submissions - Submit URL )  

    updated 2014-02-24 The short form: The once robust world of Internet search engines has shrunk to only two that really matter: Google and Bing.

    Below is a list of links to the "submit url" pages of the major search engines and directories, with notes on the information they require and how long they estimate it takes to get listed (if they give an estimate). The "browsers" that index your pages are called web robots, crawlers, or spiders, and you can see when your site is being indexed by watching for them in your site statistics.

    The Internet is packed with services that will offer website submission to hundreds, thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of search engines and directories. However, there are reasons why you might prefer to submit your website individually to just the most popular directories:

    - You can avoid a lot of junk email, for one thing (if you use a service such as SubmitSmart, it is a good idea to use an email address solely for this purpose, which you do not mind being deluged with junk email).
    - Also, although it might take you some hours to submit your site yourself (particularly to the directories), you will have the confidence of KNOWING that the submission actually went through (this can be of much concern when you are waiting weeks or even months to be listed).
    - If you submit to the "majors" individually, you will be covering the vast majority of Internet users.
    - You can still use an automated submission service to reach the others, if you want to.

  Search Submissions (direct links to site submission pages):

Search engines that really do crawl and index entire websites:
    Google requires your URL and some descriptive comments, and makes no claim regarding how soon you will be listed. The Google crawler is called Googlebot. Unlike some web crawlers, Googlebot has no trouble indexing sites using frames (even if your "domain/index.html" page is a framese page, you can get listed).
    Google results are displayed on many other so called "search engines" such as HotBot and Netscape, dramatically increasing the value of Google listings to your site. For browsing, they use the DMOZ Open Directory, which is a separate free submission.

    "Google maintains much more information about web documents than typical search engines. Every hitlist includes position, font, and capitalization information. Additionally, we factor in hits from anchor text and the PageRank of the document. Combining all of this information into a rank is difficult. We designed our ranking function so that no particular factor can have too much influence."

from The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine
by Google founders Sergey Brin & Lawrence Page

Google PageRank Explained by Phil Craven - The Google Pagerank Algorithm and How It Works by Ian Rogers
Google PigeonRank (April Fools)

    MSN Bing Search uses Microsoft's own search engine, index and crawler (MSN formerly used the Inktomi index). MSN claimed their crawler, MSNBot, indexed most pages on the Internet without them being formally submitted. MSNbot was later replaced by bingbot. If your site is not already appearing in MSN search results, you presumably only need to submit your top-level page. If some pages are not showing up in search results, you can submit them separately also.

  What Happened to Yahoo!?

    This page at Yahoo! (Inktomi) is now the only place where you can submit your website to the Yahoo! directory and search engine For the Yahoo! search engine, however, you are now sent to Bing. You enter only the top-level page of your site, and their crawler will index the rest of your site from there.

    In early 2003 Yahoo! bought Inktomi, whose search index powered HotBot, MSN, and other search engines, for $235 million. Until then, Yahoo! had been using Google search results. Slurp, "Inktomi's Web Robot" became "Yahoo!'s Web Crawler". Yahoo's takeover of Inktomi devalued the index somewhat; MSN, Lycos, and Hotbot stopped longer use the index.

    In mid 2003 Yahoo! bought Overture for $1.63 billion US in cash and stock. This acquisition included the AltaVista and FAST search engines, previously purchased by Overture. In 2005, Yahoo! changed the name of Overture (which was before it was Overture) to Yahoo! Search Marketing. Yahoo! killed the AltaVista and FAST search engines they had acquired in the Overture purchase.

    Having purchased Inktomi for $235 million, Yahoo! stopped using the index. In July, 2009, Yahoo! entered into a 10 year contract with Microsoft to use MSN's "Bing" search engine instead.

  Other Crawlers

    Singingfish Multimedia Search was acquired, and then killed, by AOL (Time-Warner).

    You may find your website being crawled by "ia-archiver", which appears to handle frames correctly. This is Alexa, a toolbar site-description browser plug-in. They do not accept submissions.

  Search engines that do NOT appear to list new submissions

    whatUseek appears to be totally dead, although there is still a website at their URL. Their crawler was called "Winona".

  Paid Search Engines ( Pay Per Click, PPC or CPC ):

    Once known as and more recently as Overture, Yahoo! Sponsored Search is the leading paid search engine. They place their top 3 listings for all keywords at the top of Yahoo!'s results. Yahoo! Search Marketing (when it was called Overture) acquired AltaVista, and FAST (, so their paid results will always appear on those search engines. Their listings also appear on CNN, America Online, Lycos, Hotbot, Netscape, CNET and many others, reaching 85% of all Internet users. Of course, you only pay for the traffic you actually receive.

    Originally known as FindWhat, MIVA is Yahoo! Sponsored Search's leading competitor.

    Ask Sponsored Listings Network drives traffic through ASK's network which is comprised of search sites, meta search sites, portals, lifestyle, technology, travel and business sites, including sites such as [formely Ask Jeeves], Excite, Evite, and

  Search engines that do not accept free submissions:

    Lycos and Hotbot (owned by Lycos) still exist, but do not state who is actually providing their search index, and do not provide a way to add your URL to their index.

    Euroseek is now a directory charging an annual fee for listings.

    Direct Hit was acquired by Teoma, which was acquired by Ask Jeeves. They accept only paid submissions.

    WiseNut, which had been owned by Samsung, was acquired by LookSmart--who killed it, to the advantage of Google, Yahoo... LookSmart itself is now a "syndicated pay-per-click search network."

  Directory Submissions:

    The DMOZ Open Directory is used for browsing by Google, and some other sites. It could be important to get listed on, and can also be rather difficult. You need to select a category first, and then click on 'Add URL' on THAT page. But some categories have NO "Add URL" link!
    When you do find a category you wish to submit to, they require your URL, site title, a 25 to 30 word site description, and your email. It takes from 2 weeks to several months to get listed, if you ever will. Don't resubmit for at least 3 weeks.

    Like DMOZ, with the Yahoo Directory you need to select a category first, and then click on "Suggest a Site" on THAT page. There is no guarantee you will be listed, unless you pay for a listing through the fee-based Yahoo! Directory Submit submission process. And free submissions to the Yahoo! directory are now available only for non-commercial sites.

    Galaxy, one of the first directories on the Internet, requires a one-time payment of about $10 to obtain a listing.

    The Jayde Directory, now repackaged as a business-to-business search site, still appears to accept free submissions.

  More Search Engine Information:

The Web Robots Pages contain info on crawlers in general and list most known web robots.

Search Engine Watch has information and tools to boost search engine rankings.

WebMasterWorld Forums cover many topics, including search engines.

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