Getting your new website indexed in the search engines doesn't have to be difficult. The last thing you want to get stuck with is launching a new website and having to wait a month before the search engines even pick it up! Get indexed as quickly as possible using the 5 methods I've outlined below:
1. Setup a Google Webmaster Account & Submit a Sitemap
This should be a standard whenever launching a new website. Go to Google Webmaster Tools and sign up for a free account. Make sure you have a sitemap in the proper format and submit it. This is the quickest and easiest way to let Google know about your site and to get them to crawl it. I've had sites indexed within 48 hours using this method.
2. Publish an Article on EzineArticles.com
EzineArticles.com is the king of article websites. It's been around the longest and is the biggest, baddest article directory on the web. Google will index articles on this website within minutes, sometimes quicker. Include a link back to your website in your author signature, and the search engines will be able to find it.
3. Get a Link from a Friend's Website
Everybody knows somebody with a website. Whether it's your friends design portfolio, or some old random blog, a link will definitely help you get indexed. As long as this site has been indexed by the search engines, they will find your link and index your site shortly thereafter.
4. Add Your Site to a Paid Directory
One of the top paid directories is Yahoo! Directory. It's been around forever and all the search engines know and trust it. The only problem is it costs $300/year. If you're on a budget, I suggest JoeAnt.com. They're also a well-known directory that will get your site indexed quickly and only cost $39.99 for a lifetime inclusion.
5. Submit a Free Press Release to PRLog.org
There are paid press release sites that may give you better linking in the long run, but there's no reason you can't start with the best freebie out there - PR Log. The search engines love this site and crawl it constantly. It's the same principle as article marketing with EzineArticles. Submit a press release about the launch of your hot new eCommerce site, that page will get indexed by the search engines and they'll be able to find the link back to your site.
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