Once your website has been developed, you’ll probably want it to be found in various search engines and directories. So in this article we’ll run through how to add your website to various search engines (Definition: A tool which helps internet users find relevant information based on keyword(s) search) and directories (Definition: A collection of websites organised by category, that you you would usually browse to access the relevant information). More information about the difference between a search engine and a directory can be found at http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/smallbusiness/searchengine/searchengine-06.html
Submitting your website to search engines is a relatively simple task. Due to its popularity, Google’s search engine is the first search engine you’ll want to submit your website to. Open up Google in your web browser, sign in, and search for “submit website to google”; click the first search result and follow the instructions. You should end up at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url. Enter your website address and click submit. The amount of time it takes for your website to appear in search results can vary. You can find more information about this at http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=34397. Submitting your website to Google is not usually necessary, but submission may reduce the time it takes for your website to be listed.
The method of submitting your website to Bing is similar. Visit Microsoft Bing and add your website details.
It’s usually enough to just submit your website to Google and Bing’s search engines, because other search engines look at the websites listed in Google & Bing and provide them in their search results.
You should submit your website to DMOZ - Open Directory. It will take a bit more time and effort to submit to this directory, but if your website is included, then your website should become more visible to people and in turn help to increase its Google page rank. The other directory you should submit your website to is Yahoo. You may need to be signed in before you can submit your website.
To check if your website is listed, in a search engine or directory, you can search for your website address with quote marks surround it (e.g. “www.my-website.co.uk”). If your website appears in the search results, then your website is has been added, if not, then it’s not been added.
You can also promote your website through other websites like www.freeindex.co.uk. It’s worth doing a search in Google for “free business listings uk” for example and add your website to some of these websites. (Some are free to list in while others charge. Adding to these directories should also help your website become more visible to people.
Good luck with promoting your website!