Search Engine Registrations

Search engines dont' really need registration. They will find your site if you have any links to it from anywhere, especially if your site is listed in any directories. So instead of search engine registrations, we recommend you focus your time and effort to register with the directories, building links and making connections.

If you've already been through the process to register with directories, then feel free to continue on down this page and register at the search engines below. It is no longer recommended as necessary, but it won't hurt, either. If you haven't registered with the directories yet, go back and register at the directories.

The primary purpose of registering at search engines, including gicing them the location of your sitemap, registering it as belonging to you, etc, is to allow you to have a better line in with your search engines. You can see what links the search engine thinks are broken, evaluate your site with tools, look at the links to and from your site, see which keywords people arrive from searching on, etc. This can be a very valuable tool to you in seing where to go in expanding your website's reach into the market.

Note: We really recommend submitting to search engines only after you've put up an XML sitemap for your site

According to ComScore's market share report done for Search Engine Watch in February 2009, these are the largest search engines and the percentage of searches done there (including other sites that use the same results):

  1. Google sites 63.3%
  2. Yahoo sites 20.6%
  3. MSN Live sites 8.5%
  4. ASK Network 4.1%
  5. AOL sites 3.9%

As of June 2009, MSN became BING and doubled it's reach, pulling somewhat from both Yahoo and Google, but not really affecting the overall precentage covered above.

The point is, the above leaves a very small percentage for the rest of the smaller search engines like cuil or .

So you can see that if you take care of the big ones listed above, you've covered the great majority of online searches being done. Registrations done on the smaller search engines and directories produce minimal returns compared to these bigger players. I expect as time goes by, that will only become more true.

You can send me an email with your comments, feedback and any corrections or additions you think should be made, through our contact page.

If you want my chatter about these search engines, background info and more advice, click on the "MORE ADVICE" links down the page.

MORE ADVICE: How to use this page.

MORE ADVICE: Should you optimize your website before submitting it?



Search Engine Submission Pages

Since you've already got a sitemap, submit to WebSEo Analytics' free tool here to get into Yahoo, Google and Bing all at once - unless you want to register properly as the owner/webmaster. Which we cannot overly recommend. Please don't skimp on this - you will want the data that registration provides you access to.

Google Search Engine SubmissionSearch Google
Submit your URL (FREE)
Claim your website at Google Webmaster Central (FREE)
Pay for "AdWords Select"

MORE ADVICE: About Google
MORE ADVICE: About Sitemaps and Google
MORE ADVICE: About Google Adwords

Of course we recommend submitting to Google. Greater than 70% of search traffic happens on Google. All other search engines combined can't bring the kind of numbers to your website that Google can - if you're placed well (you should consider optimizing your site for better natural search placement - see our do it yourself SEO advice.)

In addition, pay for clicks through Adwords if you can afford to pay at least five cents per clickthrough to your site. (Usually more.) More information on paying for traffic from Google is on our pay-per-click marketing advice page.

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If you sell items through a storefront (shopping cart) on your site, you may also want to list items in Google Product Search.

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Yahoo Search Engine SubmissionSearch Yahoo! | Paid Yahoo! Search Submission | Free Yahoo! Search Submission

MORE ADVICE: Your Options at Yahoo!

MORE ADVICE: About submitting a sitemap to Yahoo!

You have a free or paid option here. Our more advice link above covers which one you might want to choose and why.

We recommend using the newly added sitemap upload capability. It is under the "free" option as "submit site feed". Here is how to submit a sitemap to Yahoo!.

We do not recommend signing up and paying to be in the "Yahoo Search" results. However, to be certain that your site is listed in their Yahoo! Search results, you can sign up here: Yahoo! Search Marketing, previously called Overture Site Match. Note well that you will thereafter pay up to $0.30 per click to your site from Yahoo search listings after that (not ads, search listings). Click here for more info about Yahoo! Search Marketing.

Instead, we do recommend you get in for free at Yahoo! Search by using this link: Free Submit Your URL to Yahoo Search Page after logging in to or creating a Yahoo! account. You need to enter your index page URL into the LOWER of the two entry boxes.

It can take several weeks for them to crawl your site, and there are no guarantees that your site will be crawled or included in the search results. However, we are seeing the Yahoo Search bot come through our client sites about every two weeks, whether we have submitted them or not. They do an excellent job of actually crawling the web via existing links.


submit to bing search engine

Search BING
| BING Webmaster Center | No Sitemap: Submit to BING | Sitemap: Claim Site in BING Webmaster Center


MSN Search Engine Submission
Previously MSN/Windows Live - same MSNbot as "Bing"

MSN launched its search engine in November 2004. Late in 2006, they changed to Microsoft Windows Live. Again, June 2009, it's BING. Whichever way you call it, submission is free. Either use the submit link above to submit your homepage and Bing will crawl the rest from there, or go the better route: create an XML sitemap, create an account at BING, and then register your sitemap in your webmaster tools area at Bing.

Bing, Live Search and MSN all used/use the MSNBot. As long as someone out there has linked to you, you're probably already in the index.

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To submit to


Ask.com Search Engine SubmissionSearch Ask


Pay AJInteractive to advertise on Ask.com.

MORE ADVICE: About Ask.com (Previously known as Ask Jeeves or Teoma).

The Ask Search network used to include Ask.com, Mamma.com, search123, Excite and others. Lately, they've changed their stated intention, and want to change their market -- more on that elsewhere.

The Ask network had NO submit function of any kind for years. However, as of Spring 2007, you can submit an existing XML sitemap. Please see our instructions on how to make an XML sitemap. You can also pay AJInteractive to advertise in their Keyword Network (which is a pay-per-clickthrough advertising system for display beside Ask.com search results).

Here is a handy form for pinging Ask (AKA submitting your sitemap URL). Make sure to include the full URL, not just the domain.

Enter XML sitemap URL (for example, ours is https://www.wordsinarow.com/sitemap.xml):


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Local Search

You should be listed in local search if your services apply only to people from a particular geographic zone. For instance, a dentist in Beverly Hills, or an esthetician in Greenville, or a realtor in Miami. Being in local search is vital for these people. While most people focus on making their paid search (PPC) efforts localized, local search requires separate registration, in order to show beside maps results, in localized mobile web search, etc.

It helps your rank in local search if your site's content is optimized for a specific location and if you have good reviews. Ask your (vetted for happy?) clients to leave reviews online. There is a link in the local results to leave reviews. You can send your customers a link to this asking for favorable reviews and it won't hurt your rankings.

Google Local - Google PlacesGoogle Places (ad program previously branded as Google Local or Google Maps)
Create a Google Places local business listing

First, create an account here from a google account that is connected to your business and not for personal use. If you have an Adwords/Analytics/Adsense account, use the same log-in here.

Second, make a complete listing. You can include hours of operation, your own directions, features and services, and we recommend filling this out accurately and well.

Make sure your physical address is correct and the phone number in the Google business listing are actually correct (this listing may bring phone or foot traffic as well as web) and link it out to your website. Then follow the instructions to verify your listing. Make certain you complete the verification process. Also, consider following through on the remainder of the available options such as coupons, placing a sticker at your location, getting professional photos taken by Google (free), etc.

Please note that a local business listing is NOT paid advertising, so traffic from this listing will be free. Paying for placement in local is easy enough, use Google AdWords, with campaign settings targeting just your particular local area.

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submit to bing local

Search BING Local
Get into BING Local


BING offers local business listings.

Create an account using a business username not a personal one, then make sure your business information is spot-on accurate, and then verify your listing.

This should be free.

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Yahoo Search Engine Submission

Search Yahoo Local

BING Local Business Listings


Yahoo Local was the one that started it all.

Sign up only for the free one - unless top billing is absolutely urgent or the added features will put you over the top in a VERY competitive market. Make an account using a business username not a personal one, then make sure your business information is spot-on accurate, and then verify your listing.

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Second Tier Search Engines

Now that you've handled Google (Google & AOL search), Yahoo, MSNBot (Bing, Windows Live, MSN) and Ask.com (The Ask Network) you have covered all but a small fraction of the search market.

The rest of this list exists mostly to fill in weak spots. These second-tier search engines (meaning they have a small fraction of the market compared with the giants above) are often a good source of quality visitors. We recommended that you submit to them if you can.

Infospace Search Engine SubmissionSearch InfoSpace
Submit URL

It costs a minimum of $49.95 (see Hard Costs) to sign up here at InfoSpace, with an option to pay another $24.98 to get into Excite while you are at it. Signing up here gets you into InfoSpace, WebCrawler, Dogpile, MetaCrawler, Verizon, NBC, etc. It's a good deal. Do it, but only do it ONCE for all of them. They have their form set up to look different for each entryway into it - but it just gets your site into their central database one time. In other words, don't pay separately at WebCrawler, Dogpile, MetaCrawler, and so on. One payment is all you need to make.

Click for more info on the InfoSpace Network.

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Excite Search Engine Submission Search Excite

Excite is now a meta search engine, pulling results from Google, Ask, About, LookSmart, MIVA (previously FindWhat) and Overture. Most of the results seem to come from Google. Do well at Google and you should do fine here at Excite. (Two years ago they were only showing results from Overture.)

You can also pay to advertise on Excite here. I do not have any clients currently advertising on Excite so I don't know whether it is effective.

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Search Hippo Search Engine SubmissionSearch the Search Hippo
Add your URL

This is another small search engine that feeds info to Dogpile. You have to sign up, then they send you an email with a link you must click in order to make the registration effective. It's free.

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Infotiger Search Engine SubmissionSearch InfoTiger
Submit Your URL

This is a smaller search engine based in Germany, but written in the English language. It is generally worth taking the time to go through their registration process.

If their "Add URL" form doesn't work, you can send an email to them listing all the URLs you want to enter, here.

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Scrubtheweb Search Engine SubmissionSearch ScrubTheWeb
Submit Your URL to ScrubTheWeb

Submit your URL here, with a limit of one per day, to "Scrubby", the ScrubTheWeb spider. You will need to confirm your URL submission by clicking on a link they send you in an email. Note: This site has some interesting tools, which you can get if you pay a one-time membership fee of about $30.00. They also have a free meta tag analyzer.

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Exactseek Search Engine SubmissionSearch ExactSeek
Add Your URL to ExactSeek

Fill in the form, and you'll receive an email with a link that you must click in order to add your site.

Or, when you sign up at TowerSearch you can click one extra button to complete the ExactSeek sign-up at the same time without the form.

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Meta-Search Engines

This is a fancy word for a search engine that searches other search engine's results for you. As such, you usually can't add a listing directly to a meta search engine.

HotBot
Search HotBot

(Can't Add URL)

HotBot used to be part of the Lycos network and is now a meta-search engine, pulling search results from Google or Ask. So if you can get your site listed at either of those, you are covered at HotBot. There is no way to directly submit here.

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DogPile Search DogPile

Sign up for DogPile through InfoSpace


Dogpile is part of the InfoSpace group. This is also a "meta" search engine that goes out and obtains results from many other search engines.

It is cheap ($49.95) to pay to get into DogPile as part of the InfoSpace group. Paying InfoSpace will also get you into MetaCrawler, Dogpile, WebCrawler, Verizon, NBC, and (for another $24.98) into Excite.

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Clusty Search Engine SubmissionSearch Clusty
(Can't Add URL)

Clusty is a site that is growing in popularity. It was previously called Vivisimo - a popular metasearch. As a meta-search engine, you cannot add to it. To get into Clusty, get yourself indexed at the major search engines.

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WebCrawlerSearch WebCrawler

Note that WebCrawler is part of the "Infospace" group. If you pay to register your site in one of these InfoSpace sites, you effectively get your site into all of them.

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MetaCrawlerSearch MetaCrawler

This is another InfoSpace website.

I recommend signing up with Infospace. When you do, they guarantee you will get into Dogpile, MetaCrawler, WebCrawler, Verizon, NBC, and Excite (for another $29.95). This is a good deal for the money.

You only need to sign up in ONE of the "InfoSpace sites to get into them all.

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Search Engines Not to Submit To

Click here to SKIP TO THE NEXT STEP..

The below are shown because – while you don't have to submit there as long as you've handled the above – you might be wondering why we left them out. AltaVista & AOL are examples.

AOL Search Engine SubmissionSearch AOL
Submit to Google

AOL does not use its own search database. AOL search is actually Google with additional bells and whistles. So, submit to Google to get into AOL.

There has been some industry talk over the years that AOL may switch to using MSN / Windows Live search results, although this is nothing more than speculation. Cover your bases by ensuring that you also submit to Windows Live/MSN.

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AllTheWeb Search Engine SubmissionSearch AllTheWeb
Add Your URL

fast search registration

AllTheWeb  was previously known as "FastSearch", then "Fast", then they were two sites, same index. Fast is gone now, but AllTheWeb is still there. Yahoo owns this search engine, and the contents of its results pages are actually Yahoo! search results.

Submit to Yahoo to get listed at AllTheWeb.

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Altavista Search Engine SubmissionSearch AltaVista

AltaVista is now part of Yahoo!

AltaVista merged with AllTheWeb and Yahoo!, eventually becoming just another website with Yahoo! Search. Submit to Yahoo! to cover AltaVista.

It's a shame, as AltaVista was once one of the best search engines in its own right.

MORE ADVICE: About AltaVista - mostly historical.

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Register at InktomiInktomi is no longer an independent search entity. Inktomi has been absorbed into Yahoo! and become part of the technology running the new Yahoo! search engine. At one point in time it was one of our favorites.

MORE ADVICE: About Inktomi - Historical at this point - skip it unless you're geeky like us and want to know!

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Lycos Search RegistrationLycos no longer gathers its own search engine results, natural search results came from Ask.com for a shortlived while and now Yahoo!.

If Lycos is important to you to be in, but you aren't ranked at Ask.com, you can pay for placement here as a featured Lycos Partner through their paid advertising program. Lycos also used Google AdWords and now Yahoo Search Marketing for their sponsored listings, so if you're paying for PPC there, then advertising at Lycos is covered.

Cover the big three to handle all second tier search engines like this, as they pretty much all are in the extended search network of one of the three.

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Teoma Search Engine SubmissionTEOMA was once very popular, and was a great search engine. It stopped accepting submissions in 2004. It became the technology behind Ask.com's search engine and is now referred to as "Expert Rank". The Ask/TEOMA network used to include search123, Excite and others. It may still have a relationship there, but Teoma is no longer a publicly available search engine.

MORE ADVICE: About Teoma - mostly historical.

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Vivisimo
Vivisimo
's public use end was rebranded and is called Clusty now. It was once one of the more popular Meta search engines. Now it simply helps provide enterprise search to businesses for their specific needs. Not public search. So, there is no need to submit here any longer.

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WiseNutSearch WiseNut
Sign up for LookSmart LookListings

Wisenut used to be prety popular, when many different search engines were competing for market share (think Y2K-ish) but was bought in April of 2002 by LookSmart for about US $9.2 Million, and began to display results provided by Looksmart (which itself got absorbed as big fish ate smaller fish all around). In May of 2004, they added results coming from Excite. In 2009, we take a look at the website and don't even recognize it - they now cater to an asian market. Perhaps they're not even related to the old Wisenut.

So, handle Ask.com and Excite and you should have covered whatever value Wisenut once had when it was a public search engine for english speakers.

From the search page of WiseNut, you used to be able to submit to the now defunct Zeal directory - which used to get you into Wisenut, too. But Zeal's gone the way of the dodo as well...

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Got MultiMedia Content to contribute to Search?

You may also want to look at creating a channel on YouTube, which Google calls the second largest search engine in the world because of its usage patterns - if you have video content.

Also try CUIL, which we've heard good things about - it's better for sites with multi-media content, and extends beyond just Video.

We have more advice on this front for anyone interested, and some resources gathered. But have not yet integrated that into this website - partially because it is constantly changing. Contact us for a consultation if you'd like.

You're Done with the Search Engines!

Continue to next page: Search Engine Pay Per Clickthrough Providers.

Alternately, you can registering at Product-Specific Shopping Search Engines before moving on to the PPCs. (Only applicable to those with online shopping carts and an interest in product-specific marketing.)






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