KeenerTech Submitted to Numerous Search Engines

My web hosting package with AccuWebHosting includes a feature descibed as "free submission of my web site to major search engines." Generally, I don't have much faith in the kind of automated submissions that your typical hosting company offers.

This is #2 in a series of articles about creating KeenerTech.com and my efforts to try to build up the traffic for the site. This article concentrates on the search engines for building traffic. Here are the other articles in this series:

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My hosting company, AccuWebHosting has proven to be a reasonably reliable web hosting service for me over the years. What the heck! As instructed in the information I first got when I signed up, I sent an email to their Promotions department.

I promptly got back an email asking me to make sure that my site was "ready" for indexing, i.e. - could I confirm that I had set up meta-tags for all of my web pages.

Meta-tags are tags that go into the <head> section of an HTML page. They define things such as the "author" of a web page, a description of the site and keywords that describe the topics covered by a web page.

I've been a professional web architect for years. Of course I had set up the tags, even though it's questionable how useful they are nowadays when it comes to search engine optimization.

The meta-tags have been so abused over the years that search engines companies have to factor the tags into their page ranking formulas judiciously, if at all. The general consensus seems to be that keywords usually aren't used by most search engines anymore, but the description often is (or it's the text that a search engine displays when it shows information about a site).

So, here are the 22 search engines to which my site has been submitted:

   Contacting 'Yahoo' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'MSN' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'Abacho' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'Alexa' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'Amfibi' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'BigFinder'...Connected...Success
   Contacting 'Burf' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'Cipinet' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'Entireweb.com' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'ExactSeek' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'Google' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'Homerweb' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'JDGO' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'Moshix2' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'NetWhat' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'Scrub The Web' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'Search It' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'SearchSight' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'SplatSearch' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'TowerSearch' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'Wal Hello' ... Connected ... Success
   Contacting 'WhatUSeek' ... Connected ... Success

I'm not sure if I'd classify all of these as "major" search engines. I've never heard of most of them.

The most popular search engines are Yahoo, Google, MSN and AOL. AccuWebHosting covered three of those. And, since AOL leverages some Google technology, it's possible that they've got that covered as well.

It's going to take some time to determine how much this will impact site traffic. I'll have to keep watching the site's statistics to see if I can measure any impact for this submission process.

Note: (October 21, 2007) The jury is in. The site submission service proved to be essentially useless. While I think AccuWebHosting is a pretty good web hosting company overall, their submission service was not useful at all. Since many hosting firms advertise this type of feature, I suspect that, in general, most of these advertised services are of little actual use.



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