Search directory submissions are still important and is the start to your link building efforts.
Search directory submission is the first promotion task on a new website and is a good way to launch a new site creating enough link popularity to convince the engines to spider it regularly.
A major Internet directory will always have a "human being" reviewing your website. Anytime a human editor is involved, there is a high probability that the submission will be edited, shortened, and/or keywords from your submission omitted. What goes on the submission form is critically important!
Search directory submissions are usually ranked according to the information provided in the submission details, as opposed to actual optimisation information on the website.
Regular search engine submissions to the "spidering" engines is no longer neccessary!
There are two basic submition methods in use today. A webmaster can either submit one web page at a time, or submit the entire site at one time with a sitemap. Manual search engine submissions to the directories are still important and is the start to your link building efforts.
The "spider" is the computer software (algorithm) used by engines to analyse pages on the world wide web. The "spiders" roam the web, following links and indexing all pages found.
When a potential visitor enters keywords in Google, for example, he is not searching the web but a database compiled by Google. This database consists of the text and links from the web pages that have been visited by Google's "spider". When a website is submited to Google, Google's spider is suppled with a starting point for their automatic journey. The spider follows links and thus discovers other pages in your website and visits other sites to which your site is linked.
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