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This page is intended to assist with the involved process of registering with the search engines and directories that are usually considered major players. If you have any comments or problems, please let us know.

If you are serious about good placement, on a monthly basis you will want to read the search engine and directory policy on their placement guidelines. There is a direct link to each one below and a link to automatically submit your web site to the top 20 search engines for free.

Excite and Alta Vista say on their policy pages that re-registering is not necessary; they will find your changes eventually. Don’t be happy with “eventually.” In the past, when I have heeded their advice and not re-registered for a while, some of my pages have gotten “lost” in their sorts. I sent e-mail to HotBot and Infoseek in Jan ’99 and asked them if I should re-register when I make major changes. They both replied that I should. I now re-register with the major search engines every other week. I am constantly making changes. A website that works has a life of its own; it grows and changes.

Some sites are listed even though there is no way to register with them so that you will know they have not been overlooked.

Some of the search engines are powered by Excite, LookSmart, or Inktomi. Excite encourages separate registrations. There is no way you can register with Inktomi separately.

 AltaVista (http://www.altavista.digital.com/), a major search engine, policy page, META tag info, registration page

 America on Line Netfind (http://www.aol.com/netfind) search engine policy page, registration page

 Ask Jeeves. http://www.aj.com/ “first natural language search service” info: They use five search engines. No way to register separately.

Excite (http://www.excite.com/), a major search engine, policy page (start here and go through their list), registration page They have a team of people who review sites; but you cannot register for that review.

 HotBot (http://www.hotbot.com/), major search engine, policy page, registration page

 Infoseek (http://www.infoseek.com/), major search engine and directory, policy page, spamming info, registration page (Be careful when registering here. You could very easily report your website as a “dead URL” by pressing the wrong button.

 Infospace (http://www.infospace.com/) major directory. registration page

 Looksmart (http://www.looksmart.com/), major directory, policy & registration page

 Lycos (http://www.lycos.com/) major search engine with an “associated” directory, policy & registration page

 Magellan (http://www.mckinley.com/) search engine and directory. policy & registration page. They are powered by Excite. They admit that registering with them is the same as registering with Excite.

 Netscape (http://www.netscape.com/), search engine powered by Excite. There is no way to register with them directly. Their “add a URL page” is a very clever advertisement.

 Northern Light, (http://www.northernlight.com// or http://www.nlsearch.com/), search engine and directory. policy & registration page.

 Snap (http://www.snap.com/) search engine and directory, partly powered by Inktomi, policy & registration page Because of their television advertisements, they should be a major entity real soon.

 WebCrawler (http://www.webcrawler.com/), search engine, powered by Excite, policy page, registration page Even though they are powered by Excite, they are a major entity.

 Yahoo (http://www.yahoo.com/) major directory. Click here to begin their process. (Check into Strategic Alliance)