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Getting people to visit your site
Once your site is up and running, you will still need to publicize it. Nobody will visit if they can't find you through a search engine or from another related site. Here are some ways to make this happen:

  1. Visit each of the major search engines that you know about, and submit your URL. Most of these sites have a link called "submit your site," (or something like that) --- just click on the link and follow the directions. For the most part, the links are not placed prominently or noticeably --- you will probably have to look for them. Some popular search engines include:

  2. There are many paid and free services which will submit your site to search engines for you. To find these, go to one of the search engines above, type in the words "search engine," and browse through the retrievals until you find one you like. By and large, we do not recommend these types of services.

  3. To make your site easier for the search engines to crawl and classify, consider adding some META tags to your index page. You can add general keywords that you think would interest people, and a short description.

    META tags go between the </title> and </head> tags in your HTML code. META tags for a site about your Indonesian restaurant might look something like this:

    <META NAME = "keywords" CONTENT= "restaurant, food, cuisine, Indonesian, rijstafel, vegetarian, cooking, vegetables, tofu">

    <META NAME = "description" CONTENT= "Java Internationale of Amsterdam provides the best of traditional Indonesian dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Conveniently located along Singel, near Leidestraat.">

    The "keywords" tag gives the search engine a way to classify your page. The "description" gives the search engine something coherent to put in the blurb that visitors will see on the search page, rather than the first few words that appear on the page, which would appear there by default.

  4. Keyword your pages and add them to the NDN Keywords index! Read more about it in the Related Links column to the left.

  5. Enter the DreamHost Site of the Month Contest! See the articles in the Related Links column of this page for more details.

  6. Submit your site to the unofficial DreamHost site index at http://directory.dreamhost.com!

On the other hand, just because you have a site doesn't mean you have to tell everyone about it - it's always good to have a place where you can experiment with learning HTML or creating web graphics.

Good luck!

Last updated: Sep 20, 2002.

User Post (2002-02-13 16:53:10 by brett)
Don't ever pay someone to submit your sites to search engines! You are wasting your money and guaranteeing yourself future headaches.
<br>Read <a href="http://news.com.com/2010-1080-281544.html">this article</a> for more information!
User Post (2002-02-18 12:29:57 by trbl9)

intelligent people...ahem
User Post (2002-02-18 12:28:47 by trbl9)
Thank you, Brett. Without a little savvy and demystification, relying on chump service and fear can be a pitfall for even intellegent and resourceful people.