I promoted last week - how come I'm not in the search engines?

Ah, the #1 question. All any submission service can do is properly submit your URL. When the listing actually appears is up to the target search engines. With the usual exception of AltaVista, all of them are sloooooow. 2-4 MONTHS is typical. Hotbot recently stopped updating their index for over 5 months! It's really annoying, but there is nothing anyone can do to hurry them up.

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Anyone who guarantees instant listings is a liar, or is being deliberately misleading (for example, claiming to instantly list you in "500 top search engines", when what they really do is submit you to useless free-for-all links pages)

Some search engines (Inktomi & Altavista) are now offering "pay for inclusion" services that will get you into the databases faster, and ensure that your listing is up to date. See also my article on search engine trends for more information on this issue.

You can use the Are You Listed? Secret Net Tool on the site to see if your URL is in a particular search engine. It's not perfect but it usually does a decent job.

Also, keep in mind that getting into the search engine and ranking highly on a search engine query for particular keywords are two different things. You can be IN the search engine's database but still not appear on keyword searches because your pages are not ranking high enough.

If you haven't promoted to the Indexes, you should. Many of them will add you immediately, and send you email confirmations. I strongly recommend that people do each segment (Search Engines, Major Indexes, General Indexes, etc) in order as time permits. And most important, follow my advice about submitting to Yahoo(because that's the most important place to register your URL!)

I also recommend resubmitting to the Search Engines about once a month, just in case they either dumped your original submission or purged your URL from their index

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