Search engine submission of your website URL has, since the creation of the Internet, proven to be the single most important source of generating website traffic. At last count there were over 730,000 search engines, in one forum or another, on the World Wide Web. While not all 730,000 search engines are listed on this Web page the most popular search engines are listed for your URL search engine submission.
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Search Engine Crawler:
Search engine crawlers, their original development, are computer software programs written by computer programmers and designed to automatically "crawl" the Internet.
Search engine crawler's purpose is to search the World Wide Web for Domain Name Servers. Today the DNS is commonly referred to as the Uniform Resource Locator (URL). Domain names, discovered by a search engine crawler, are then indexed and added to a search engine database. The company which owns the search engine crawler maintains the search engine database. Internet search engine web sites can then either lease this search engine database or purchase a copy of the search engine database.
Search engine crawlers, at birth, were not search engine crawlers at all. When the World Wide Web (WWW) was in it's infancy crawlers were designed by universities and engineers in computer labs to solve a communication problem. Should a computer lab Professor want to communicate with the University's administration office computer, to post grades, the network address must be manually input by the Professor. The inconvenience was that the Professor needed to "refer to a book" and locate the numerical address of the administration office's computer. There was no way to "search" for this address in the early days of computer science. Misplaced computer address books, the growing addition of computers to the network and consolidation of computer information to "computer mainframes" caused major problems with computers connecting to each other.
A computer program was needed to locate other computers within a computer network, also known as a domain. This computer software program, while crude, would automatically "crawl" its way around a network searching for new computer addresses within the University's computer network, deleting addresses no longer in use and then index the new computer addresses for inclusion in a University computer address database. This computer program became known as a "crawler".
Crawlers were then unleashed, aided by the use of computer modems and telephone lines, to locate other computers at other universities across the United States. Soon crawlers were then unleashed, again aided by the use of computer modems and telephone lines utilizing communication satellites, to locate other computers at other universities around the world! Once these crawlers gathered the domain name server (DNS) addresses at additional networks around the world it soon became apparent that a single database was needed to maintain this tremendous listing of new computer addresses. Now computer addresses world wide were stored in a single database. This database of computer addresses was then published, in book form, and distributed to computer users world-wide in an effort to maintain communication between Universities.
Researchers soon discovered, even before it went to press for the second printing, that the "computer address book" was obsolete. There needed to be a way to access computer addresses from the database in the computer as it was updated. A search program was soon written to query this massive database.
Search engine program now enabled a university computer user to locate another university on this primitive " International Network". By simply entering, into this search program, a keyword or specific key phrase computer users were offered a listing of other universities world wide which matched the query submitted, of course this took hours to get the search results displayed. This appears to be the birth of the Internet and search engine databases as they are perceived today.Search Engine Crawler Refinements:
Search engine crawlers, over the years, have been refined by computer programmers of specific search engine companies. Search engine crawler refinements now cause the crawler to gather information from web pages within a web site which has been indexed by the search engine crawler previously. A search engine crawler can now be "dispatched" to a specific web site, index a web page and follow incoming and outgoing links discovered on the web page of the particular web site.
Search engines which dispatch crawlers at the request of the web administrator:
Aeiwi search engine and directory.
Alexa search engine and directory.
All The Web / Fast search engine and directory.
Girafa search engine and directory.
Google search engine and directory.
Intel Seek search engine and directory.
Jade search engine and directory.
Search It search engine and directory.
Starting Point search engine and directory.
Sympatico search engine and directory.
Try America search engine and directory.
Search Engine Submission to Directory Crawlers:
Search directories are the "White Pages" and "Yellow Pages" of today's Internet where visitors let their mouse do the walking. Search directories can cause the unsuspecting webmaster spending thousands of dollars trying to get his or her web site listed in search directories if they' don't pay attention to what they're doing. Unlike the crawlers developed for use at Universities, stated above, these search directory crawlers are unleashed on the Internet to make (some, not all) search directory companies millions of dollars.
Search directories require that the Internet surfer "drill down" to a specific category. While, on some search directories,. the surfer is trying to retrieve the pertinent information they're seeking, all the time being swamped with banner advertising, pop-up advertising, offers of free email accounts, classified Ads and email subscription offers. Submission of a web site to invite a search directory crawler to visit a web site requires additional work on the part of the webmaster.
Search directories, some of them, will provide free search engine submission of a web site to webmasters simply by submitting their web site's "Home Page". A crawler is then dispatched by the directory database owner to crawl the web site for indexing. Additional software will then automatically place the web site in some category of the search directory.
Search directories, which allow for free search engine submission, require the webmaster to drill down through the database to what they feel is an appropriate category and request their web site be added to the subcategory where they feel their web site should be listed. Trying to find an appropriate subcategory to add a web site to can, at time be confusing and frustrating to any webmaster. Category definitions are different from directory to directory then too a webmaster can spend the time locating the appropriate category and subcategory only to be informed by the search directory administrator that the category selected was not appropriate for their web site's search engine submission!
Search directories, which require a webmaster to pay for their web site's inclusion in a directory, can be cost prohibitive for many webmasters. These search directories require the webmaster to drill down through to what they feel is an appropriate category and request their web site be added to the subcategory where they feel their web site should be listed. The webmaster must then submit their credit card information to establish an account, pay a fee for some human to review the submission for accuracy and relevancy to the subcategory and agree to the search directory's "Terms Of Service" prior to the webmaster's web site being reviewed for inclusion in the search directory subcategory. A word of caution here about those "Terms Of Service" agreements. Companies have a clause in their "Terms Of Service" which states, in part, "inclusion of web pages in this search directory is at the discretion of the service. Account setup fees, deposits, or activation fees, are non-refundable". However, once a web site is approved for inclusion in this type of search directory a crawler is unleashed to crawl the web site and index the web pages it discovers.
Search directories, which allow for free search engine submission (those which are human maintained), require the webmaster to drill down through the database to what they feel is an appropriate category and request their web site be added to the subcategory where they feel their web site should be listed. Again trying to find an appropriate subcategory to add a web site to can, at time be confusing and frustrating to any webmaster. Category definitions are different from directory to directory then too a webmaster can spend the time locating the appropriate category and subcategory only to never hear from the "Human Reviewer" whether or not the search engine submission was approved or not.
Search directories which dispatch crawlers at the request of the web administrator:
Look Smart category directory.
Open Directory Project category directory (Read the exception here).
Yahoo! category directory.
Search engine submission to directories indeed is troublesome however these search directories provide search options to many Internet "portals" and Internet Service Provider (ISP) companies world-wide. Some of these companies are AOL, COMCAST, CompUServ, Cox High Speed, Earth Link, Free Serve, iWon, Mamma, NetScape, Net Zero, Road Runner and Rogers High Speed to name a few.
Search Engine Submission and Web Hosting:
Search engine submission success can depend on the company providing web hosting services to webmaster's web sites. It has been noted that successful search engine submission is attributed to web sites which are hosted on dedicated web hosting servers. Search engine submission failure occurs with web sites and web pages are hosted on shared or virtual web hosting servers.
When a crawler is requested, by a webmaster to, crawl a web site maintained on a dedicated web hosted web server the crawler only crawls and indexes the domain it was sent to crawl as requested by the webmaster. When a crawler is requested by a webmaster to crawl a web site maintained on a shared web hosting web server the crawler is apt to index the entire shared web server with all the virtual domains instead of only the domain it was sent to crawl and index as requested by the webmaster.
Search engine blacklist of web hosting domains. Every major search directory and meta tag search engine maintains a list of web hosting servers, by IP number, which allow questionable contents to be placed on web hosting servers. These web hosting domains require either special treatment for search engine submission or will never be crawled because the content on those web hosting servers are not considered "family safe" web hosting companies. Unsuspecting webmasters feel he or she got a great deal on their domain name and web hosting services package while they pay only a few dollars a year for what they have.
Unfortunately many of these cheap domain names and cheap hosting packages are maintained on shared virtual web hosting servers along with other domains publishing questionable material.
A webmaster who finds himself or herself in this situation could be doomed from the start without even knowing a problem exists. Search engine submission of their beautifully created web page, informatively filled with religious content, having been properly formatted and the correct meta tags included will certainly fail. Webmasters with web sites hosted on shared virtual servers and those who purchased those "value packages" face an uphill battle for search engine submission success.
Search engine submission of any good web site on a blacklisted web hosting server will involve paying over $600.00 to a search directory for the crawler to visit and index their web site and thousands of dollars to major search engines for a webmaster's "good" web site to be included in keyword search results. Of course webmasters only face this problem if the shared virtual web server their web site is located on also allows questionable content on any of the IP addresses they are known to have registered on the Internet.
Search Engine Spider:
Search engine spiders are the "helper" or "PDA" to search engine crawlers. A search engine spider has the job of taking the indexed web pages, collected by the search engine crawler, then searching for "meta tag code".
The search engine spider searches the "meta tag" information found within the "html code" which makes up the displayed web pages of web sites for specific keywords, graphics, content and even personal information concerning the creator of the web page.
Search engine spiders are sometimes deceptively utilized by some, wolf in sheep's clothing, "search engine" web sites. These search engine web sites offer to include a web site in their search engine database in an effort to gain a valid email address from the webmaster. The collected email addresses are then either sold to unscrupulous email advertisers or are utilized by the search engine web site owner to promote a search engine affiliate program or sell advertising to the unsuspecting search engine registrant.
Search engines, the shady ones who's sole purpose is collecting email addresses, are over time purchased by larger "advertising based" search engine companies. The search engine database of the smaller search engine web sites are then all combined and all those collected email addresses are then sold to some larger corporation who's primary business is publishing advertising email mailing lists. Search engine registration, by an unsuspecting web site administrators trying to get their web sites found by Internet surfers utilizing search engines, can end up, unknowingly contributing to email SPAM and Unsolicited Commercial Email.
Search engines are a valuable tool for web masters. Search engines provide traffic to a web site and web page by referring Internet surfers, searching the Internet for specific items located on web pages. Search engine submission to so-called spider search engines which seek out and register specific keywords and key phrases is, at times, difficult for the search engine submission to be successful. Proper web page coding must be employed and included within the <title>, <description> and <keyword> headings of each web page displayed to the viewer. The title of any displayed web page must be formatted in <h1> and the sub-title of the displayed web page must be formatted in <h3>. Spider search engine submission success also depends on web page content, the more content on the subject contained on the web page the better the chances that page will be displayed on the first page of search engine results.
In addition, links from other web sites pointing to a web page, which a webmaster is submitting to the search engine, will greatly improve page rank with some spider based search engine submissions. A higher page rank, for keywords and key phrases, boosts a web page to the first page of search engine results. The more links found across the published web pages on the Internet, pointing to a particular web page, indicates to search engine submission spiders that a particular web page is popular among Internet surfers.
Search engine submission tactics "guaranteed to get your web page ranked higher than your competitor's" in the major search engines should be avoided. Search engine submission algorithms are ever changing. What is considered a valid "trick" today can be cause for banning your web page tomorrow.
Cloaking of web pages (making the html code unavailable for viewing by competitors and visitors) prevents the search engine submission web site spider software from "registering" a web page and "reading" the web page meta tags to discover key words, key phrases and web page subject content.
Flash animation, while being pretty "eye candy", does nothing to assist the webmaster with his or her search engine submission of web pages. In addition web pages created utilizing web publishing software which requires a visitor to download a player before a web page can be displayed for their viewing should be avoided. Search engine submission crawlers will index any web site containing these "bells and whistles". However, the only way a web site designed this way can be found, utilizing a search engine, is by entering the domain name in a search engine's query box on the web page making keyword search for that web page irrelevant.
Search engine submission web sites are, as if you didn't already know, created to make the search engine web site owner money through banner rotation, affiliate programs, advertising, search engine keyword sales and of course search engine submission opportunities.
Search engine spiders producing successful web site search engine submission and web page search engine submission today include:
Alta Vista keyword search engine.
BEST Search Engine keyword search engine.
Entire Web keyword search engine.
Exact Seek keyword search engine.
Info Tiger keyword search engine.
Lycos keyword search engine.
MSN keyword search engine.
National Directory keyword search engine.
Prime Find keyword search engine.
Quest Finder keyword search engine.
Scrub The Web keyword search engine.
Search-22 keyword search engine.
Search Hippo keyword search engine.
Splat keyword search engine.
Surf Gopher keyword search engine.
Thunder stone keyword search engine.
Web Trawler keyword search engine.
WotBox keyword search engine.
What U Seek keyword search engine.
Search engine submission of web pages utilizing search engine submission services. Many search engine submission services are valid businesses. Utilizing theses search engine submission services will get a web page included in a search engine database without regard of page ranking. Without proper web page formatting and html code, like with crawler search engine submission the only way the web site or web page can be found, utilizing a search engine, is by entering the domain name in a search engine's query box, and what good is this?
Pay-for-inclusion search engine submission services, which guarantee inclusion in multiple search engines within five business days, will cost the average webmaster more money then they will earn over the life of the web page. Utilizing a pay-for-inclusion service requires a webmaster to pay for EACH web page of his or her web site to be included in multiple search engines. Search engine submission services offered by some search engine submission companies have a clause in their "Terms Of Service" which states, in part, "inclusion of web pages in search engines is at the discretion of the service. Account setup fees, deposits, or activation fees, are non-refundable". Should the search engine submission company not approve your web page for inclusion in search engine databases the unsuspecting webmaster has lost money only to have their web page "reviewed" and rejected for search engine submission.
Search engine submission services advertising they will submit a web page to major search engines, directories and link sites. Link sites? When the Internet was evolving into the communication superhighway that it is today web sites popped up which were known as link exchange web sites or link farms. As stated above, link popularity or a web page is critical to page ranking of a web site within a search engine database, the more links pointing to a web site, the higher the page rank. The problem with link exchange or link farm web sites was that the links needed to be resubmitted daily because links would "roll off" these link exchange web pages. Successful search engine submission and ranking of a web site's web pages includes the incorporation of valid permanent reciprocal links on the web page.
Search engine submission automated software, while not the perfect solution to a webmaster's search engine submission dilemma, will save the average web administrator time and energy. Prior to purchasing this expensive software the webmaster should investigate a few things. Does the search engine submission software update itself to add new search engines and delete search engines? Does the search engine submission software allow the webmaster to customize the settings as to which search engine submissions are to be made and how often? Does the search engine submission software post to FFA sites? Many FFA web sites today are only in business to collect a webmaster's email address then sell the collected addresses to mailing list companies at a huge profit.
Search Engine Submission Failure:
Search engine submission failure can be caused due to any number of reasons. Overused keywords or "stacked" key phrases will cause search engine submission failure. Missing meta tags will cause search engine submission failure. Web pages not formatted correctly will cause search engine submission failure. Limited subject content on the web page will cause search engine submission failure. Overabundance of subject content will cause search engine submission failure. Too many graphics on the web page will cause search engine submission failure A web page this is too "busy" will cause search engine submission failure. An inappropriate, commonly used word on a web page can cause search engine submission failure. Exchanging more than 100 links with other web sites and placing all 100 links on a web page can cause search engine submission failure. Not having exchanged any links with other web sites can cause search engine submission failure. Not enough "spider food" on the web page to keep the search engine spider happy can cause search engine submission failure. Web pages created and saved as .htn or some other inappropriate file extension can cause search engine submission failure. Even the search engine code itself being upgraded will cause search engine submission failure.
Search engine submission black list. Discovering your web page or even an entire web site has been banned or blacklisted by a search engine causes loss of potential income and web site traffic! Don't over submit a web page or web site utilizing the search engine submission link found on a search engine's web site.
Search engine submission of web pages and web sites to search engines sooner than 30 days should be avoided. Submitting a web page sooner than 30 days after the last search engine submission is considered SPAMMING the search database. This can cause removal of the web site a webmaster or marketing business is trying to submit.
Search Engine Submission is Unrelenting:
Search engine submission success of any web page and web site is a result of a webmaster's hard work. She or he will spend countless hours deep into the night, regardless of weather while others are sleeping the sleep of the Gods, tolling over minuscule web page details that an average Internet surfer will not even notice, checking meta tags and verifying link exchanges. Their computer is always in need of repair. They drive around in an older model auto with dents mainly from hail damage. She or he will eagerly read books pertaining to web design. She or he seek out affiliates and affiliate programs to pay for their marketing efforts, software and search engine knowledge because they know there is no free ride. Webmasters post to Classified Ads advertising their web pages and exchange banners. She or he monitors which search engine company recently purchased which search engine company and tirelessly works on search engine submission of web pages.
Search engine submission success was finally realized by this webmaster when Discount Shopping Worldwide Delivery, 1 Auto Accessory Internet Automobile, APO Address, and Internet Business Marketing Network websites are displayed in search results querying specific keywords and key phrases. This is attributed to aggressive search engine submission and proper search engine submission.
Search engine submission additional suggested readings include meta tag title, meta tag description and meta tag keywords.
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