Free Publicity by Linda Gallant and Gloria Boone
1. Submit your website to Google, Yahoo or other search engines. Make sure that all of your pages have a title and use metatags so that your site can be indexed.
Try to give each page a different title. WC3 recommends keeping the title to 64 characters. Use a title that is descriptive to your users. Think of what terms they may search for when thinking of your title.
Author information can help some people find your website. Maybe they remember your name from a meeting, conference or other event.
Descriptions should be clear. Limit your descriptions to around 150 words.
Keywords should reveal the main words or topics covered on the webpage. Place the most important terms in the beginning of your keywords. Within the keywords many developers will use alternative spelling of keywords, plural words, localized terms, slang or jargon from a particular field or industry. Keywords can be either words or phrases separated by commas. Do NOT repeat the same word more than three times because some search engines will look at repetition as abuse or spam. Although keywords are overshadowed by other factors in search engine ranking, keywords are now used for RSS feed tags.
Submit a site or URL to a search engines so that people can find your website:
Google is usually the fastest in listing your website. It is very common that it takes a week to be listed.
In my experience, Yahoo and some of the other sites take much longer to list a site.
Ask Jeeves- email the human editors at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Email some of your friends, relatives and colleagues about your website. Including the url of your website in your email signature so that interested people can just click on your url link.
3. Build a site maps so that the search engines will index your pages quicker and better.
XML-Sitemaps.com help create a site map automatically. Remember to update your sitemap when you have added many new pages.
4. Publicize your site of MySpace, Facebook, or other social networks.
6. Links are good. Have other websites and bloggers link to your site.
8. Place a video on You Tube or other video sites that relates to your site.
9. Create an RSS feed. See for example- Feedburner
10. Eventually, as you get more traffic, submit your site to rankings services such as Alexa (buttom of page-crawl site)
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© 2007 Gloria Boone