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October 10, 2003
Get Listed in Google Without Submitting Your Site
With Google delivering so much traffic, it is only normal to be eager to submit your
page and have it indexed as soon as possible. However, submitting your page is not your
only option, and it's not the best one. If this sounds strange keep reading.
Talking about its indexing process, Google says:
"We add thousands of new sites to our index each time we crawl the Web, but if you
like, you may submit your URL as well. Submission is not necessary and does not guarantee
inclusion in our index. Given the large number of sites submitting URLs, it's likely your
pages will be found in an automatic crawl before they make it into our index through the
URL submission form."
We can therefore draw two conclusions:
1. Submitting your site does not guarantee inclusion.
2. Most pages are found and indexed automatically, when Google crawls the web.
The Google folks have also made it clear that Google gives a page more importance when
it is found through an automatic crawl. This can be easily verified when we consider how Google's PageRank system works: when page A links
to page B, part of page A's PageRank trickles down to page B, increasing page B's PageRank
(and, therefore, its importance). A manually submitted page will not enjoy this benefit.
Now that you know that manual submission is neither necessary nor the best way to go,
what can you do to make Google find your pages?
The best way, at least in my personal experience, is to write an article on your
area of expertise and submit it to popular article syndication sites like http://www.marketing-seek.com or http://www.ideamarketers.com . These sites
will post your article, so that online publishers can use them for free in exchange for
including your resource box at the end of the article. A resource box (a.k.a. bylines) is
a small paragraph about yourself, written by you, which contains a link to your homepage.
In very little time, your article will show up in websites and ezines across the web.
It will then be just a matter of time (usually days) before Google crawls those pages and
finds your links. If you followed good web design practices and have included a link to a site map
in your homepage, Google will follow it as soon as it finds your homepage, and all your
pages will be indexed. It's as simple as that.
The most popular articles you can write are those that list a collection of tips
related to your area of expertise. One of my most succesful articles is called "50 Surefire Web Design Tips", and it
is nothing but a checklist of guidelines to follow when designing a website.
Another good way to help Google find your pages is to exchange
links with other sites. Google will crawl those sites, find the links to your page,
and add it to the index.
Finally, remember to optimize
your pages before you try to get them listed, so that you have a better chance of
ranking high in the search engine results pages (SERPs). After all, what good would it do
to get your pages listed if nobody can find them?
You can freely reprint this article provided that you
include the following resource box:
Mario Sanchez is a Miami based freelance writer who focuses on web design and Internet
marketing topics. He publishes The Internet Digest ( http://www.theinternetdigest.net ), a growing
collection of web design and Internet marketing articles, tips and resources. You
can freely reprint his weekly articles in your website, ezine, or ebook.
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