site. It is so good you'll want to give him
a donation (but if you don't, he's cool about it). Even if you intend to submit
manually - read his advice!
and better than Yahoo. Used by most of the top engines, which will give your site
priority if it gets listed.
for Open Directory categories, drill down to where your site belongs, and submit
from within the category - there's an "Add URL"
at the top of the page.
- Relies on category editors,
with regular human emotions and ranges of attention. Sometimes you'll get listed
in a day, other times it will take weeks
They will only accept one page from each site per category
at the official Submitting
a Site to the Open Directory Project page
Can take many, many
months (unless you pay the annual $299 fee) before they look at your site.
But you must give it a go, admission into their hallowed halls will at least double
your traffic, and give your site credibility. Click here
for Yahoo's help page on submitting. Also read what selfpromotion.com
have to say (excellent advice)
- If your site has
even the vaguest connection to a foreign (Non-USA) country, then submit via the
appropriate regional Yahoo, ie Yahoo.uk. This will speed things up.
USA sites could try submitting to Yahoo.ca - they use the same index, but are
- It really helps if
you submit a root-level domain, like http://searchenginez.com. They look down
on free hosting from your ISP or Geocities etc.
If you are submitting to anywhere within the Business category, it is compulsory
to use their $299 Business Express
you take a chance with Yahoo
If your site answers
a question more satisfactorily than what Ask Jeeves finds....submit!!
Submit via firstname.lastname@example.org, with your
URL and description. They are mega-picky! (which is cool)
- Sites must load quickly
- Sites should be polished, easy to
read and navigate. Proof read everything!
- Sites and site features must
be free and available without registration.
- Sites should offer thorough,
unbiased information that answers a user's question.
- AskJeeves must be
able to send users to any page within the site, not just to a splash page or contents
- Sites should offer additional links or information related to the
- Sites must be credible sources of information. Having
author and source citations, and contact information helps.
- Sites should
be maintained and updated regularly. Posted dates and having no more than 15 %
ratio of broken links will also help.
Sample submission email:
Dear AskJeeves Editors;
I have several pages
about BASE jumping, which provide user
friendly answers to questions your
searchers may have. Some
examples are below, along with pages from my site
--- Where are the best places to BASE jump?
--- What are safe ways to BASE jump?
--- How do I fix broken legs?
I think you'll find these pages helpful
to your searchers, as
they are quite detailed, quick loading, easy to read,
to navigate. You can visit my Snowboarding site at:
you for your consideration.
Johnny Jumper - AskJeeves User
- Giving your page a title and/or file
name that's a question seems to help, such as why_do_birds_sing.html
Looksmart / Zeal
of the top three directories, they have upset many with their submission fees...see
the paid inclusion
page for more info.
If you get involved with Zeal, Looksmart's non-business
directory, you can get your site listed. It's a lot of work and confusion - more
suited to business, and costs $99 per year. But, if the category they place you
in has a high PageRank, it could be worth it. More info here.
- free (can take 4 months) or paid options
- mid-sized directory, free submission
- free (can take 6-8 weeks) or paid options