In this tutorial, we will submit our website URL to the most popular search engines, Google, Yahoo, MSN Ping MSN and Alexia. This is an important step toward getting your site listed on the search engine, to enable people to find you. We have spent many days, weeks, or even months creating our nice new shinny website, submitting your website to the search engines will make it a lot easier for people to discover you and your website.
If you have a basic working knowledge of search engine optimisation you will be all too aware of the importance of having your website listed on most if not all of the main search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN.
If you think of your own habits, most people I know including me has one of the above searches as their default page in the browser they are using, we live in an information hungry generation and the above search engines are the gateway to the information we are looking for. A few weeks ago I looked at several of my friends and work colleges smart phones, on every occasion each of them had a search app on the main screen of their smart phone.
The truth is you could have the smartest looking website with a really nice layout and user friendly navigation, but if you are not listed on any of the above search engines how you to be discovered are. Through time your site will be located organically through external links, but these can take quite some time, so it is always best practice to submit your URL to the search engines manually.
It is also important to subscribe to a fee analytic service such Google webmaster tool, this will help you track your websites performance, this will help you with cleaning up your HTML or correcting any errors, this will also allow you to check the status of your sitemap. Google will ask that you place a small line of code in your header tag, it is important you place this between heading tags on your template so the code will appear on every page, allowing Google to track the progress of every page. Alternatively you can place a file on the main root of your website.