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How to Submit Your Blog to the Search Engines

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Although submitting your blog to the search engines is very similar to submitting your website, there are several differences that you should be aware of. Knowing these differences can help you get your blog indexed more quickly because you have submitted your blog correctly.

Regardless of whether you are submitting a blog or a website, if you are submitting to Google, you should create a sitemap. Although you should check your sitemap periodically to make sure Google isn't encountering any errors with your sitemap, once you submit it, you don't have to submit to Google again. All you have to do is keep your sitemap up to date.

If you use a blog like WordPress, you can install the sitemap plugin. This plugin updates your sitemap automatically and notifies Google that your site has changed.

If you don't use a blogging software that generates sitemaps, you can create your own. Google offers plenty of free tools for creating sitemaps.

Even if you don't have a sitemap, you can still add your site to Google. You just won't get detailed statistics.

Here's where you can submit to Google.

Since Google doesn't allow direct submission to its blog search, you will need to make sure that you submit your site to blog directories Google pulls results from for its blog search, and then make sure you ping these sites when you update your blog.

You can use sites like Feed Shot to submit your site to some of the major blog directories. Then you only need to ping your blog to update it at these directories.

When submitting to Yahoo, you need to submit your site feed instead of a sitemap. Here's where you can submit your blog to Yahoo . Instead of submitting your site, you will use the first block and submit your feed.

You should also add your blog feed to your My Yahoo page. This can get your blog added faster and will get your blog included in Yahoo's version of blog search.

You will need an account to submit to both Yahoo and Google. It's free.

MSN, the third of the big three search engines is completely different in the way that you need to submit to get your blog included.

You can submit directly to MSN to be included. You don't need an account, but you will need to submit manually because you will need to enter the characters on the page to make sure your submission request goes through.

MSN also offers an alternative that will help you get your entire blog included in its site results. Submit your blog to Moreover. If your site is included in Moreover, it should be included in MSN as MSN draws a lot of results from this news site.

Once you've submitted your blog to the top three search engines, forget about it. Your next step should be to ping your blog each time that you post to it.

Before you ping your blog for the first time though, make sure that you glance through the list of blog directories. You want to make sure you have submitted your blog to each of the directories listed. Also, some of the ping sites listed may not relate to your blog. Make sure you uncheck these before you ping.

Ping Services
http://www.pingomatic.com
http://www.pingtheempire.com
http://www.pingoat.com

Ping your blog each time you update.

These techniques will help you get about 80 percent coverage in the search engines. Once you've taken this step in your promotion, move on. Write press releases and articles and submit them to press release and article directories. Build links.

Successfully promoting your blog or website depends on consistent promotion. Promote regularly, and you will see results.

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Jinger Jarrett is a freelance writer, author, and internet marketer. She teaches one person businesses how to get started and then market online using completely free internet marketing techniques. Her books are available on Amazon. Get her free Internet Marketing Tips Guide, and her latest title: "Hour of Power: When Jesus, Zen, and Quantum Physics Meet the US Army" from her site for free: http://jingerjarrett.com
  • http://theendofdave.com Dave

    Jinger, great article, feel free to post more along these lines.

  • http://www.askjinger.com Jinger

    Dave,

    Glad I could help. A fellow blogger on Blog Critics, or one of my readers (I don’t remember), asked me about this.

    So, I wrote an article, LOL.

    Thanks for posting.

    Jinger

  • http://artscene360.com Matt

    Great info. Thank you.

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  • http://worldsoffthebeatenpath.wordpress.com/ leigh keiruff

    I am currently using wordpress as a platform for my personal blog entitled “Worlds Off the Beaten Path”. Have submitted it to several blog and rss directories though only a few had approved my piece accordingly. Tried to install html tags of widgets on my sidebar nav but some of them won’t reflect. I don’t know if it is an issue with the tags themselves or with the platform.

    Though this has been a very useful tip for me especially when I was just starting with my blog. Thanks a lot.

  • http://www.askjingernow.com Jinger Jarrett

    Leigh,

    I would recommend that you check to make sure that the template you are using allows for widgets. It depends on the template. If the template isn’t widgetized, it won’t work.

    You’ll find the biggest collection of free templates that I know of here:

    Try searching for Widget ready to see if you can find one you like.

    Let me know if this helps, and thank you for posting!

    Sincerely,

    Jinger Jarrett

  • http://rahul-stella.blogspot.com Stella Roy

    Nice tips. I am going to ping my blogs starting today.

    Thank you
    -Stella Roy

  • http://anxietywithpanicattacks.blogspot.com/ stephanie

    Thanks. I think this is a great blog. Im sure it leads people in the right direction with getting more traffic to their websites and blogs.

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    please add this blog

  • http://www.kiswarincousin.wordpress.com edi

    Helpful article. What about other blog search engine? Thx

  • http://blogskinny.com Betsy

    People say directory submission is dead. And maybe that’s because they have seen the declining impact as opposed to what they used to do. BUT – This does not mean that you should not be doing it. Every link counts folks. So it is still a good part of your overall SEO strategy.

  • http://hubshout.com Kevin

    Well – I kinda think it is dead. I mean, it can have a place in your link-building strategy, if you are careful and thoughtful. But when people say it’s dead I think they are referring to days gone by when that was ALL you had to do to rank. That is just not the case anymore. You need a much more content-focused strategy that thinks about the end-user.

  • http://wavessearch.com Evan

    I don’t know, I’ve been able to get a bunch of sites ranked using this approach. I would not totally rule it out.

  • http://effortweb.com/ Walter

    That is completely dependent on what directories you are talking about. Some are well ranked, ironically. Others are just a waste of time. Get Site Explorer and a good toolbar so you can tell the difference.

  • http://layer8group.com Jose

    I think this also depends on your industry. In the web hosting space, there are a TON of directories. Some of them even rank well. But in more small niche plays, I don’t know that there are directories that are related.

  • http://rocville.com Betsy

    I’m with Betsy. I say that every link counts. Even the stupid little tiny ones are good to have pointed at your site. Sure, they don’t carry so much weight – but they still carry something.

  • http://incomestores.com Walter

    Like I said above – Every link does count, just some more than others. You need to be the high-ranked ones for any real push. But yes – I would not turn down ANY do-follow link at all. They all count.

  • http://sendpapercards.com Walter

    I don;t know. There are a bunch of debates over at SEOChat about if some links are just plain worthless. They contend that forum links (and perhaps blog comments) carry 0 weight.

  • http://www.seolight-blogger.com Organic Seo

    I think serach engines submission is a bit out of date procedure. It used to be important, but now it’s enough to submit to Google, Yahoo and, if it’s blog, to a few major Blog SEs and that’s it. The rest is not necessary.

    Antony

  • http://www.articleskinny.com George

    Out of date – I think it’s dead. There is not such thing as a search engine submission anymore. They all follow the links. The more powerful the link, the quicker it’s found.

  • http://www.otimizacao-de-websites.com Otimização de Sites

    In my opinion one of the best ways to have your site or blog crawled and indexed is by external links and sitemaps.
    Besides the time of indexing is faster, we still gain the link juice (from external links) and indexing of deeper pages (through sitemaps).

  • http://www.filmisnow.eu Steve

    its not out of date..still you can get placed your site in serach engine early if you submit your site in search engine..

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    This will be very useful in the future.

  • payam pedram

    Fantastic and thorough post. it will be good if the author continues posting on this topic. One of the best blogs I have ever come across. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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    Jinger, great article, feel free to post more along these lines.

  • http://angeljohnsy.blogspot.com/ Aaron Angel

    Thanks for sharing. I submitted my blog to yahoo but it didn’t list my blog. Can you give your suggestions…

  • Hollywood movies

    I checked out the Instant Blog Links page and it does not indicate anywhere that this package helps you find blogs with the “do follow” rule. If there really were a package that identifes “do follow” blogs then I’d get it. But all the packages out there seem to just find all blogs, not “do follow” blogs.

  • David Judge

    I really like this post thanks for sharing it with us

  • http://katipsoi-zunontee.org/ Katipsoi Zunontee

    But when people say it’s dead I think they are referring to days gone by when that was ALL you had to do to rank.

  • Deniz Kayahan

    Thanks for useful information, I’m doing SEO myself to website. I need to work more.