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Top Search Engines List

When it comes time to submit your website to search engines, it helps to have a list. The number and variety of search engines change rather quickly, but here is a general list of the top search engines with some information on where and how to submit to each search engine.

To help you submit your site, we’ve provided a downloadable EXCEL file we use for monitoring our website submissions and this list of the most popular search engines. We’ve also included a list of smaller websites as these can often grow quickly and every listing you can get will help spread the word about your site.

This list includes basic instructions for submission, the time delay before your site might be seen on the site, and any notes and comments. The file includes the lists we have posted on our web site as well as a listing of the top international search engines. Where possible, we’ve included the partners for these search engines. If you are listed with a partner, you usually show up in the main site. Be careful oversubmitting your site to such partnerships as it can be seen as “flooding” or oversubmitting, resulting in restrictions or a ban.

Before submitting your site, take time to read through our series of articles on Validating Your Web Page, especially the article on Getting Ready for Search Engines to maximize the quality of your submission and understand how the process works. The harder you work before you submit, the better your changes are later. It is much easier to change your site now then try to change it once the search engines have it in their databases. Do it right the first time.

Have your submission information ready before you submit your and category possibilities. To help you, we have an example form in our article on site submission and you can see our own submission form online.

Google
Partners: Dmoz
Submission Site: http://www.google.com/addurl.html
Submission Method: 4 weeks

Yahoo
Partners: Google (soon to end), Overture
Submission Site: http://www.yahoo.com/info/suggest/
Notes: Soon linked with Inktomi

DMOZ
Partners: Google, Netscape, Teoma, Hotbot, Ask Jeeves, AOL Search, Altavista, Alltheweb
Submission Site: http://dmoz.org/add.html
Submission Method: Manual

All The Web
Partners: DMOZ, Fast
Submission Site: http://addurl.alltheweb.com/add_url

Fast.com
Partners: Lycos, Hotbot, Terra.com, alltheweb, dogpile, Excite, Infospace, Overture
Submission Site: http://www.fast.com
Time Delay: 6 weeks

Altavista
Partners: Overture, DMOZ
Submission Site: http://addurl.altavista.com/addurl/new
Time Delay: 1-6 weeks
Notes: Submit 5 pages at once for free

AOL Search
Partners: Google, DMOZ
Submission Site: http://search.aol.com/aolcom/index.jsp
Time Delay: 2 months
Notes: Submit within categories

Teoma
Partners: Google, DMOZ, Ask Jeeves
Submission Site: http://www.teoma.com

Ask Jeeves
Partners: DMOZ, Teoma, (soon: iWon, Excite, My Way)
Submission Site: http://www.ask.com

Hotbot
Partners: DMOZ, Overture, Inktomi
Submission Site: http://www.hotbot.com
Time Delay: 2 months

Excite
Partners: Inktomi, Overture
Submission Site: http://www.excite.com
Time Delay: 2 weeks

Looksmart
Partners: Inktomi, SearchFeed, myGeek, ABCSearch, InfoSpace, Mamma.com
Submission Site: http://search.looksmart.com/

MSN
Partners: Inktomi, Overture, Looksmart
Submission Site: http://search.msn.com
Time Delay: 2 months

Overture
Partners: Inktomi
Submission Site: http://www.overture.com

Inktomi
Partners: Hotbot, About.com, MSN, Espotting.com, Looksmart, Soneraplaza, Go, Bluewin
Submission Site: http://www.inktomi.com

Lycos
Partners: Overture, Fast
Submission Site: http://insite.lycos.com/inclusion/searchenginesubmit.asp?co=undefined

Go
Partners: Google
Submission Site: http://www.go.com/

iWon
Partners: Google
Submission Site: http://www.iwon.com/
Time Delay: 2 months

Exactseek
Submission Site: http://www.exactseek.com/add.html

Aeiwi
Submission Site: http://www.aeiwi.com/

AllTheWeb
Submission Site: http://www.alltheweb.com/

AltaVista
Submission Site: http://www.altavista.com/
Submission Method: Manual

EuroSeek
Submission Site: http://www.euroseek.com/
Submission Method: Manual

National Directory
Submission Site: http://www.NationalDirectory.com/
Submission Method: Manual

SearchHippo
Submission Site: http://www.searchhippo.com/
Submission Method: Manual

SearchIt
Submission Site: http://searchIt.com/

What-U-Seek
Submission Site: http://www.whatuseek.com/
Submission Method: Manual

Splat Search
Submission Site: http://www.splatsearch.com/submit.html
Submission Method: Manual

Meta-search Directories

These are “search engines” that rarely send out robots or spiders to search individual web pages. They search other search engine databases. A meta-search engine uses the information gathered by other search engines, permitting the user to search more than one search engine’s database at a time. Some meta-search sites permit site submissions, usually with a fee.

Mamma.com
http://www.mamma.com
Partners: LookSmart, Askjeeves, Copernic and Internet.com and others
Submission Site: http://www.mamma.com/info/submit/submit.html
Submission Method: Submission Fee and Annual “maintenance fee” through WhatUseek

FindWhat.com
http://www.findwhat.com
Partners: Lycos, Hotbot, CNET’s Search.com, Excite, WebCrawler, NBCi, MetaCrawler, Dogpile, Go2Net
Submission Method: Paid Submission Fee (advertiser) only

Smaller Search Engines and Indexes

123 World
http://www.123world.com/
Submission Site: http://www.123world.com/url-submit/addurl.html
Submission Style: Manual

1st Global Directory (requires reciprocal link)
http://www.123link.com/
Submission Style: Manual

411Locate
http://www.411locate.com/

A Top Quality Site
http://atopqualitysite.com/
Submission Site: http://atopqualitysite.com/addurl.htm

About.com (formerly, The Mining Company)
http://www.about.com/
Submission Style: Manual

Enhance (formerly Ah-Ha)
http://www.enhance.com/

AllBusiness
http://www.allbusiness.com/
Submission Style: Manual

Allestra
http://www.allestra.com/
Submission Style: Manual

Best of the Net
http://bestofthenet.tv/

Bet a Buck
http://www.betabuck.com/
Submission Site: http://betabuck.com/banner.htm

BigWhat
http://www.bigwhat.com/

Brain Fox
http://www.brainfox.com/
Submission Style: Manual
Note: Pay per click only

CanLinks
http://www.canlinks.net/
Submission Site: http://www.canlinks.net/addalink/
Submission Style: Manual
Note: Canadian Focused, choose from 6 categories

Category Web
http://www.categoryweb.com/

Cheats.com
http://www.cheats.com/

Claymont
http://www.claymont.com/home/
Submission Site: http://www.claymont.com/myaccount/submitsite.asp?img=y

Click for Choice
http://www.click4choice.com/

CMN.com
http://www.web-cmn.com/
Submission Site: http://www.web-cmn.com/NotFound.asp?keyword=getlisted

Cyber Directory
http://www.cdnet.com/cd/
Submission Site: http://www.cdnet.com/cgi-bin/hyperseek/add_url_list.cgi

Cyber Web Search
http://www.cyberwebsearch.com/

Dewa
http://www.dewa.com/
Submission Site: http://www.dewa.com/submit/

Ditto
http://www.ditto.com/
Submission Style: Manual

Dygo
http://www.dygo.com/
Submission Site: http://www.dygo.com/signup.php

Enhance (formerly Ah-Ha)
http://www.enhance.com/

EZSearches
http://www.ezsearches.com/

FetchDog
http://www.fetchdog.com/
Submission Site: http://www.fetchdog.com/search/no_cat.html

Geekin
http://www.geekin.com/main.htm

Get Favorites
http://www.getusfavorites.com/
Submission Site: http://www.getfavourites.net/tell_us_about_your_US_site.htm

Gigablast
http://www.gigablast.com/
Submission Site: http://www.gigablast.com/addurl

Gimpsy
http://www.gimpsy.com/
Submission Site: http://www.gimpsy.com/gimpsy/searcher/suggest.php

GotoGeo
http://www.gotogeo.com/
Submission Style: Manual

Group Web
http://www.groupweb.com/index.html
Submission Site: http://www.groupweb.com/your/adinfo.htm

GTE Yellow Pages
http://yellowpages.superpages.com/
Submission Style: Manual

Guide Beam
http://www.guidebeam.com/

Hot Sheet
http://www.hotsheet.com/

Hound Dog
http://www.hounddog.com/

iLOR
http://www.ilor.com/

Insider.com
http://www.insider.com/

Jayde
http://www.jayde.com/
Submission Site: http://search.jayde.com/cgi-bin/submit.cgi

Jayde
http://www.jayde.com/
Submission Style: Manual

kazazz
http://www.kazazz.com/
Submission Site: http://www.kazazz.com/listing.html

Kool Pages
http://koolpages.com/search/

Link Master
http://www.linkmaster.com
Submission Site: http://www.linkmaster.com/add.php
Submission Style: Manual
Note: Free, must post link to site

LinkoPedia
http://www.linkopedia.com
Submission Site: http://www.linkopedia.com/submission/index.html

MSN Search Index
http://search.msn.com/
Submission Style: Manual

My Search7
http://www.mysearch7.com/
Submission Site: Submit

OneMission
http://www.onemission.com/
Submission Style: Manual

Open Directory Project
http://dmoz.org/
Submission Style: Manual

OpenHere
http://www.openhere.com
Submission Site: http://www.openhere.com/scripts/addurl.dll?/addurl

OpenHere
http://www.openhere.com/
Submission Style: Manual

Qango
http://www.qango.com/
Submission Style: Manual

QuestFinder
http://www.questfinder.com/
Submission Site: http://www.questfinder.com/search/s-ctm.cgi?s-addurl.ctm

QuestFinder
http://www.questfinder.com/

Rex
http://rex.skyline.net/
Submission Site: http://rex.skyline.net/add/

Scrub the Web
http://www.scrubtheweb.com/
Submission Site: http://www.scrubtheweb.com/addurl.html

Search Blazer
http://searchblazer.com/
Submission Site: http://searchblazer.com/cgi-bin/ppc/signup.cgi

Search King
http://www.searchking.com/
Submission Site: http://www.searchking.com/add_new.htm

SearchGate
http://www.searchgate.co.uk
Submission Site: http://www.searchgate.co.uk/cgi-bin/search/add_url.cgi?Category=

SearchHippo
http://www.searchhippo.com
Submission Site: http://www.searchhippo.com/addlink.php

SearchKing
http://www.searchking.com/
Submission Style: Manual

SearchTheWeb
http://searchtheweb.com/
Submission Style: Manual

ShopMyState
http://www.shopmystate.com/
Submission Style: Manual

SightQuest
http://www.sightquest.com
Submission Site: http://www.sightquest.com/how-to-submit.htm

Splat Search
http://www.splatsearch.com/
Submission Site: http://www.splatsearch.com/submit.html

Starting Point
http://www.stpt.com/
Submission Site: http://www.stpt.com/?L=submit_form

SurfGopher
http://www.surfgopher.com/

SurfSafely
http://www.surfsafely.com/
Submission Style: Manual

Top 50
http://www.top50.to
Submission Site: http://www.top50.to/register.php

Turbo 10
http://turbo10.com
Submission Site: http://turbo10.com/addyoursite.html

TurnPike
http://www.turnpike.net/directory.phtml
Submission Site: http://www.turnpike.net/directory.phtml?addit

Walhello
http://www.walhello.com/

Web Search
http://www.web-search.biz/
Submission Site: http://www.web-search.biz/add.html

Web Taxi
http://www.webtaxi.com
Submission Site: http://www.webtaxi.com/taxi/urlform.htm

Webbie World
http://www.webbieworld.com/ww
Submission Site: http://www.webbieworld.com/ww/webnom.asp

Whoisman
http://www.whoisman.net/
Submission Site: http://www.whoisman.net/submithow.htm
Submission Style: Manual
Note: $5 one time fee for listing, Family oriented search engine, submit by category

WiseNut
http://www.wisenut.com
Submission Site: http://www.wisenut.com/submit.html

WotBot
http://www.wotbot.com/

Zappo
http://www.zappo.com/

Zeal
http://www.zeal.com/
Submission Style: Manual
Note: Must register in advance

ZenSearch
http://www.zensearch.com/
Submission Site: http://www.zensearch.com/submit.shtml

Zenzibar
http://www.zenzibar.com/

ZippyFinder
http://www.zippyfinder.com/
Submission Style: Manual

To help you with your web page submissions, we’ve included this listing of the most popular search engines and directories, as well as lists for search engines and directories, specialty search engines and directories, Website award submission sites, and we even have a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet which combines all these lists into one easy-to-use layout form for downloading.

For more information on how to prepare your Website and web pages for submission to search engines and directories, take time to read our article series on web page validation and preparation for search engine submissions. We also have listed extensive information in our article series on web page design to help you create the best possible “search engine friendly” and user-friendly Website.

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