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Submitting your site to Yahoo

Submitting your site to Yahoo

It is a common knowledge that a website should be listed and ranked well in the top search engines to enable people to find you. One of the most popular search engines is Yahoo! so it makes sense to have this high on your priorities.

In line with other search engines such as Google, Yahoo! are keen to know about your site. Their goal is to discover and index all of the content available on the web to provide the best possible search experience to their users.

Previously a lot of people would simply submit site’s homepage to the search engines and let their spiders find the rest of the site’s pages. Now, they encourage you to submit your whole site in one go with a number of options for doing this.

You can now submit RSS or Atom feeds with your complete website details or a simple text file containing a list of all your urls.

The text file is by far the simplest method for most webmasters as all you have to do is create a file named “urllist.txt” and enter all the urls.

An example of a text list is:

http://www.mysite.com
http://www.mysite.com/page1.html
http://www.mysite.com/page2.html
http://www.mysite.com/page3.html

and so on.

There are obvious advantages to submitting your whole site to Yahoo in one go. You no longer have to rely on their spider picking up your pages especially ones deep linked into your site as this way they know from the start where they are.

Once you have created your urllist.txt file, upload it to your sever and then submit the file to Yahoo. To do this you will need a Yahoo account if you don’t already have one but it is completely free to set up.

While having your pages included within a search engine’s index doesn’t guarantee more visitors, but you can be absolutely sure that you won’t get visitors if your pages aren’t in there.

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