guide provides a step by step way of promoting a web site to search
engines and directories. Please note that these are the opinions of the
authors and is not based on any scientifically proven data.
Make sure you have visualized a web site with a theme, and work toward
gathering more data forming a draft documentation centered around the web
site theme. Try to prepare the products (or services) offered by the web
site as well as the related documentation as much as possible. The time
taken by this activity depends on the product/service being offered, and
the preparation of draft documentation and references.
Choose appropriate web site name and register the same. Currently
godaddy.com offers one of the lowest cost domains, yet reliable. A couple
of points to note while choosing a domain name: If you are promoting a
corporate web site, choose a name that aptly describes the Company name,
ex. msn.com. If you have a separate corporate identity, and choosing a
domain for the purpose of promoting a particular product range, choose a
name that correctly describes the product being offered. In any case, make
sure that the .com domain name does not exceed 2-3 words.
Start putting together the content that you have gathered earlier. Keep
the following points in mind while constructing the web pages:
the pages with in 16K. If you get a very long page, try to break it
into two or more pages.
the web pages free from script as much as possible. Search engines
usually don't like too much of script on a web page.
is recommended to validate the web pages against HTML error, one
source to validate web page is http://validator.w3.org/
alternative test to graphic images.
use short "Title", 6-8 words long, and
"Description", 16-20 words long on a web page. Some search
engines use keywords also.
not use unnecessary formatting, such as tables, borders etc. In
general, text content should overweigh HTML content.
sure sizable number of HTML pages are built before uploading the
content. A reasonable number of pages is 40 - 100, to start with.
spam techniques such as hidden text, cloaking, stuffing too many key
Choosing a web host: Choosing a reliable, and economical web host is
a difficult choice. This is particularly so with so many web hosts around
promising everything for little. Check the following when choosing a web
long the web host is in the business.
there are any un-satisfied customers, try webhostingtalk.com for
he will be able to provide cgi-bin and support PHP. Though your web
site doesn't need script support (like PHP and MySQL), you may need it
response times, and the committed up-time
the host provides dedicated IP, if required and the cost for the same.
After choosing a web host, upload the content to the web address. Here you
have options: HTTP and FTP upload. For a commercial strength web site, FTP
is the most widely used protocol for uploading web sites due to various
reasons. If possible, choose a dedicated IP, instead of a shared IP.
Now you have the web site in place, next thing is to verify that all the
links are working as expected. Fix any bad links.
Promote to search engines and directories. Good way to start is submitting
to google, and submitting to DMOZ. If the web site is a corporate web
site, and sells goods or services, it is recommended to pay for
inclusion in Yahoo directory. For non-commercial web sites,
inclusion in Yahoo! is free.
Promote to other less known directories such as Zeal/LookSmart,
Lycos, etc. and search engines like Fast, Altavista, DirectHit, WiseNut,
Hotbot, and Teoma. Keep in mind that it takes anything from 1 month
to 3 months for the site to get indexed. Do not submit repeatedly within a
month. This may only delay your submission.
Exchange links with similar topic sites. Continue this until you get
sufficient visitors to your web site.
Build new content: Add content to your web site continually. This will not
only keep the web site content fresh, but also bring more visitors.
Use site statistics and keep track of the progress. View the visitors
coming to your web site and the key phrases or referring web sites. This
gives valuable information in improving and fine tuning your web site for
more qualified traffic.
Here onwards, it is checking your position in search engines, and
trying to improve the same. Do not use automated tools like webposition
gold. These tools may lead to banning your web site entirely. The best way
is to identify some keywords relevant to your industry, and hand check the
position in SERPs.
you follow these guidelines, your web site is likely to get several
hundreds or even thousands (depends on the target customers) hits every