How to "Get Listed" in almost all Search Engines...
Submit your site to the
(formerly known as the ODP and DMOZ)
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ODP - A Search Engine, but not...
Now known as the Curlie Directory, the Open Directory Project (ODP) is the easiest way, and "only major directory that is 100% free"* to get your site listed in just about all of the search engines. The site states that it is a directory, not a search engine, yet all major search engines use their data, which is free to anyone.
Although free, they are very strict about submissions, and you may only submit your site to one category. Every submission is actually viewed by a human, and will be placed in the most relevent category.
Take time to browse their site, as several categories may work for your company, but you may only choose one.
The site, dmoz.org, is owned by AOL/Verizon/Oath Inc., but had been built and maintained by volunteer editors who are now providing the Curlie Directory. When AOL closed the website in 2017, an archived, non-editable copy of the site was posted at dmoztools.net. And the volunteer editors stayed together, and relaunched the ODP at Curlie.org.
"How long does it take for my site to show up in a search engine like AOL Search, Bing or Google?"*
"Once your site is listed in Curlie, it may take a week or more for your site to appear on any of the search engines that use its data. It is the responsibility of those search engines to pick up the latest version of our data. We have no control over when third parties update their data."*
*quoted/reprinted on 2/1/2018 from https://curlie.org/docs/en/about.html
Meta Searchers - Search Engines that Search the Search Engines! (No site submissions)
Major Search Engines**
Links to Submit your Site
or How They get your Site Info
Before you submit your site, most of the search engine and/or directory sites ask you to do a search on your company name and your domain name to see if you're already listed in their database. Some of these listings are free; others require payment!
- AOL - now owned by Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon - no link known to submit site
- Ask (formerly Ask Jeeves) "Our answer searches no longer function as a traditional search engine--we are now focused on providing the best answers to your questions, and to do so, we rely on content from various partners."
- Lycos - now all paid ads - feeds Ask's sponsored searches
- Ask pulls from Yelp! reviews for local business listings
- Bing - formerly MSN & Live
- submit site is now in Bing webmaster tools - login with Microsoft, Google or Facebook login.
- DuckDuckGo.com - "the search engine that doesn't track you", site info obtained from robots, crawlerrs, and various other sources. Per them: "no reason to submit particular sites or URLs"
- Gigablast (requires login and payment)
- Good Search - pulls from Yahoo! - Each search benefits the charity of your choice.
- Google For Small Business - Google Webmasters - you have to create an account -
"net market share of 78.78%" (worldwide) *** BUT "If you didn’t know, 72% of the business and finance searchers are not found on Google" ***
- Note: Google Adwords is a paid service where you bid on keywords
- Google also owns/provides services through/as GMail, Maps, YouTube! (most used VIDEO Search Engine), Blogger, and more
- Pinterest - "2018-2020 world's best image search engine" ***
just create an account and start pinning! Business accounts are available.
- Yahoo! - Submit site here
- for the free listing, click the continue button to bypass the (first) Yext page, fill in all of your info on the next page and click continue. You'll see four search listing paid options offered by Yahoo!/Yext, but below that, there is a (rather small) link that says "Claim your basic listing only on Yahoo." Complete the (free) order, and you'll get a confirmation email. To complete getting listed, and having access to manage your business listing in the future, follow the link in the email, create a password, login, and VERIFY your account.
- or via Bing webmaster tools or using robots.txt directive for Yahoo! crawl
- 2020>Yahoo! organic SER are pulled from Bing, but the SERPs feature more paid/sponsored ads than organic SERs.
- 2016-2018 > Yahoo! was acquired by Verizon, to be combined with AOL, also purchased by Verizon; and in 2018: "AOL and Yahoo have joined to form Oath, part of Verizon."
- 2009-2019> (10-year collaboration agreement with Microsoft [aka Bing/MSN/Live] starting 7/29/9)
- Yahoo! acquired:
- Alta Vista, Fast, AllTheWeb, Inktomi, and Overture
- YouTube - "Largest Video search engine 2018-2020" *** (owned by Google)
If you want your site listed in the "sponsored results" (ads) on search engine pages, you will need to enter into an advertising agreement with the respective site(s). Or we can do it for you!
Let McDel optimize your pages and submit your site for you. Request sample SEO results.
**compiled originally in 2003 for US businesses; last updated 03/31/2020
*** according to https://www.digitalgyd.com/best-search-engines/ on 2/1/18, 3/31/20
History of Search Engines...
The ownership of the search engines is an ongoing process! This is Information compiled from 2006-2012: