SeanK

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Cpanel use to have a script or program that allowed users to submit there domian name to a bunch of different Search Engines. I am wondering if it still has that or did they get rid of it
 

SeanK

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does anyone have an idea on how to submit my url then? It's for a community site and i don't have the 500 bucks that i see you need to post it on a Search Engine!
 

webignition

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SeanK said:
does anyone have an idea on how to submit my url then? It's for a community site and i don't have the 500 bucks that i see you need to post it on a Search Engine!
There would be two basic options:

1) Visit the website of each search engine in which you are interested and check their submission requirements and follow them

or

2) Triple-ensure that your website is fully standards-compliant and has a sematically logical flow, ensure that you have set up a decent robots.txt in your document root and get your site linked to from anywhere that might possibly have a search engine crawling past it and then just wait for the search engines to find you.

I prefer the latter due to it forcing accessible standards-compliant designs (since good accessibility equals good search engine optimisation), and is generally good practice.
 

SeanK

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what is this robots.txt and where can i learn the propper info to put in it?
 

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You can try services like addme.com, but most search engines find you (and index you) based on how other sites are linking to you as well, so don't expect a submission to a search engine to get you very far.

You should google for search engine optimization and look into tip and techniques to help.
 

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SeanK said:
what is this robots.txt and where can i learn the propper info to put in it?
It's a file that sites in your document root (i.e. http://www.example/com/robots.txt) and which is frequently requested by search engine bots.

The file defines rules regarding which bots are/aren't allowed to index the site and which files/directories bot's shouldn't index. Search engine bots tend to fare better if there is a robots.txt file for them to follow.

For more info, take a look at: http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/robots.html