How to Submit Your Web Pages (blog, hubs, website) to Search Engines; Make SEs Index Them and Appear in Search Results
Why bother to submit your blog?
Well, although in theory search engines should find your articles on your blog, website, or here on Hubpages. This could take a long time and if it is a highly competitive market, they are less likely to be discovered within the mass of competing articles. Hence, it really doesn't hurt to prepare your pages for the search engines and also to let the major players like Google, MSN (Bing) and the massive Open Directory that your page exists.
Lay it out for Search Engines
Sometimes less is more, but not always. One neat looking article can make the blog look tidy, but it is not so good for search engines like Yahoo and Google to find your article and know exactly what it is about. It helps to use individual text capsules with clear titles, as search engines are more likely to pick up on the title. It also helps if you highlight in bold a few of the keywords, as this makes it easy for search engines and readers to quickly 'get the gist'. They will also likely notice the subject matter of the first and last paragraph.
It also helps if all the content is original and of a decent amount. The focus should be on providing a 700 word plus article, with a small percentage as keywords (1-3%) and well written. However, photos and videos are also important, as they not only help people stay on your page for longer, but also increase the chances that they will share photos, videos and maybe even click on adverts that interest them.
Keywords are the words that searches pick up on. They are how search engines link searches to articles or websites. Using keywords and variations (not too many) in you article, will help searchers come across it, as search engines will be able to tell easier what the article is about.
However, using keywords as broad as just 'Music' is not an option, so the more specific and long-tail your keyword phrases are, the better. For example, if 'Ford' is too common, you could try an exact model, or even a part related to the specific model like "For escort 19?? sports carburetor". The way you find these, or at least the easiest way, is to use "Google Keywords Tool" a tool that will tell you how much competition there is for any keyword and also suggest alternatives. You should be looking for low to medium competition keywords, unless your website has an extremely powerful position in the niche that your are targeting.
Search Engine Submission
Now that you have your article laid out neatly for search engines to pick up on, they should eventually find it so long as you attract readers and write regularly. However, there is no reason why you can't give them a little nudge and submit your hubpages/blog/website URL (for hubpages this is normally www.YOURNAMEHERE.hubpages.com) to the search engines manually. That way, they will know you are on the web and will check out what content you have. To manually submit, it is worth going to at least a few major players, such as:
Msn (Bing) and Yahoo (merged)
The Open Directory
Once you have submitted to these, you posts should start to work their way up the search engine results (Your SERP, Search Engine Result Position). You need to keep writing and attracting traffic with interesting articles that use keywords and some highlighted text, great photos and if possible interactive aspects like videos and polls. But, eventually you should start to see more readers coming to your blog. This could take 2-6 weeks to take effect, as search engines have MANY pages to index. Also, sometimes an article needs to 'mature' for 3-6 months before a search engine respects it.
However, if you want you climb the ranks faster, a good way to help things along is to use back-links to your articles. They don't take long and really help! Social media is wonderful for this and is highly respected. Sites like Facebook, Digg, Redgage, Twitter, Pinterest etc are really important.
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Lead them to you like footprints in the sand!
See the RESULTS for yourself:
I can honestly say that submitting my Hubpages URL to all the major search engines is one of the best things that I have done, just look at the stats:
As of 10/01/2012, I have had 7,195 readers.
Traffic from hubpages = 3432 readers
Direct Traffic from my URL = 645 readers
AND, to show how age and 'maturity' matters on the web:
As of 03/04/2013, I have had 135,761 TOTAL readers.
Traffic from hubpages (internal site visitor traffic) = 13802 readers
Direct Traffic from my URL = 16168
The rest is all from search engines and possibly some referral traffic (such as from Facebook and Pinterest).
As you can see, quality content, continuous posts and the tips I mentioned above has worked really well for me. Now I see daily readers in the hundreds and some articles have hit incredible amounts of traffic. I have also found that updating articles with new content after they have 'aged' makes a huge difference and can jump you up the SERPs!!
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