well. Submission is not necessary and does
not guarantee inclusion in our index. Given the large number of sites
submitting URLs, it's likely your pages will be found in an automatic
crawl before they make it into our index through the URL submission
We can therefore draw two conclusions:
- 1. Submitting your site does not
- 2. Most pages are found and indexed
automatically, when Google crawls the web.
The Google folks have also made it
clear that Google gives a page more importance when it is found through
an automatic crawl. This can be easily verified when we consider how
Google's Page Rank system works: when page A links to page B, part of
page A's Page Rank trickles down to page B, increasing page B's PageRank
(and, therefore, its importance). A manually submitted page will not
enjoy this benefit.
Now that you know that manual
submission is neither necessary nor the best way to go, what can you do
to make Google find your pages?
The best way, at least in my personal
experience, is to write an article on your area of expertise and submit
it to popular article syndication sites like http://www.marketing-seek.com
or http://www.ideamarketers.com . These sites will post your article, so
that online publishers can use them for free in exchange for including
your resource box at the end of the article. A resource box (a.k.a.
bylines) is a small paragraph about yourself, written by you, which
contains a link to your homepage.
In very little time, your article will
show up in websites and ezines across the web. It will then be just a
matter of time (usually days) before Google crawls those pages and finds
your links. If you followed good web design practices and have included
a link to a site map in your homepage, Google will follow it as soon as
it finds your homepage, and all your pages will be indexed. It's as
simple as that.
The most popular articles you can write
are those that list a collection of tips related to your area of
expertise. One of my most succesful articles is called "50 Surefire Web
Design Tips", and it is nothing but a checklist of guidelines to follow
when designing a website.
Another good way to help Google find
your pages is to exchange links with other sites. Google will crawl
those sites, find the links to your page, and add it to the index.
Finally, remember to optimize your
pages before you try to get them listed, so that you have a better
chance of ranking high in the search engine results pages (SERPs). After
all, what good would it do to get your pages listed if nobody can find