On every page, grey palettes appear at the top right. They look sort of like old-style Macintosh windows (complete with title bars; this should tell you how long this site has been around!), and contain the various forms and links you can use to move around the site.Creating an Account
Above the topmost palette are several tabs; the Help tab brings you here, and the Map tab takes you to a site map page that lists all the pages on the site with short descriptions of what is in them.
An important rule of thumb about using the site; if you get confused, read the page you are on carefully. Usually, someone else has had the same problem, and I've added something on that page that gives you at least a clue about what to do!
As an extra gimmick, clicking on any of the title bars takes you to the bottom of the page (except for the title bar of the palette at the bottom of the page, which takes you to the top!)
Each SelfPromotion.com user has his own account, which is password protected. Each account can have one or more records; for each new URL you want to promote, you create a new record.Logging in to your Account
To create a new account, click on "Create New Account" in the Navigation palette. On the Create New Account page, you will find a palette on the left-hand side of the page that asks for an account name, password and email address. Enter these, read the terms and conditions carefully, and click on the CREATE button.
I need your email address so that Tooter can email you the results of your promotions. Your email address (and any other information you provide) is held in the strictest confidence, of course!
Assuming the account name you want isn't already in use, you'll be told your account was created, and given a link to click on that will take you to the Main Options page, where you can create a record.
To log in to an account you've already created, simply enter your name and password into the form in the Log In palette, which (if you're not logged into an account already), will be the topmost options palette, and click the LOGIN button.Creating a Record
If you are already logged into an account and want to log into another one, then click on the Logout link in the Promote! palette, which replaces the Log In palette after you've logged in.
Incidentally, if you bookmark the Main Options page after you log in, you can log into your account without entering your name and password. The bookmark does all the work. Please note however that if you export this bookmark to one of the online bookmark services that publishes bookmarks (such as Hotlinks), you will potentially be allowing anyone to access your account. So be careful!
Records contain information about a URL you are promoting, such as data you've entered about the URL, and records of what promotions you've done. You can have more than one record in your account, but you only need one record for each URL you are promoting.Basic Promotion Options
To create a record, after you have logged into your account, go to the main options page (you are probably already there; if not, click on the Add New Record link in the Promote! palette). On the left-hand side, partway down the page will be an Add Record palette. Enter the name of your new record (something just to remind you what URL you are promoting) and click on the Add button. Your record will be created, and the page will replot.
After you have created at least one record, you will see that the Promote! palette contains several pulldown menus and a Promote button.Site Selection
The first of these pulldown menus lets you select what record you want to work on. The second one lets you select what kind of promotion you want to do (as well as some other options).
To make things a little easier for you, I've divided the 100+ sites that SelfPromotion.com can submit to into several categories. You will rarely need to promote your site to all of the categories; a personal homepage should not be promoted to business-related websites, for example. I suggest you promote to each appropriate group in sequence, starting with Search Engines.
The Categories are:
Search Engines: Sites like Excite, which read and index your web-pages.
First Steps: I suggest you promote to the search engines first. They are the easiest to promote to, and doing them first is a simple introduction to how the site works. Lower down on this help page, you'll find special step-by-step instructions on how to promote to the search engines. Like this note, they are hilighted in red and marked as First Steps.
Major Indexes: The big and important net indexes, like Yahoo.
General Indexes: Second-tier indexes (There are a lot of them, so they're divided up into several groups).
Personal Indexes: Indexes that specialize in personal home-pages.
Business Indexes: Indexes that only list commercial web-pages.
Shopping Indexes: Indexes that only list websites that use electronic commerce to sell things.
Special Indexes: Indexes that have other specialized content.
British Indexes: UK-based indexes and search engines that only accept URLs for UK-based or related sites.
Canadian Indexes: Canada-based indexes and search engines that only accept URLs for Canada-based or related sites.
International Indexes: Non-Worldwide/US/Canadian/UK indexes, some of which accept English language listings.
Adult-OK Indexes: a convenient listing of all the sites in all the other categories that accept adult listings. Adult sites should ONLY promote to the Search Engines and the Adult-OK Indexes categories! None of the other sites accept adult listings.
Manual Promotions: Manual links to other sites of interest.
Once you made your selections using the pull-down menus, click on the Promote button to proceed to the Site Selection stage.
First Steps: So, for example, once you've created your first record, you'll notice that it is listed in the topmost pull-down menu (it's the only one in there). The second pull-down, which contains the categories, will default to Search Engines. For your first promotion, simply click the Promote! button. By the way, that little "List Full Descriptions" checkbox lets you decide if you want all the details about each of the sites you can promote to. Until you get very familiar with the sites, leave it checked.
After you've selected a record and option and clicked on Promote!, the site selection page will display, and you will be able to decide what sites within a group you actually want to promote to. The page contains a lot of information about the sites, as well as the status of any prior or pending promotions you've done to them. Read the instructions carefully, decide which sites you want to promote to, click the checkboxes next to them, then click the ENTER DATA button at the bottom of the page to proceed.Entering Data
Some sites are listed as "Manual" sites. These are ones that you should visit and promote to in person. After you've done so, you can use the Mark as Completed links to record that you've promoted to the site.
The Data Entry page is the heart of SelfPromotion.com. It first takes the list of sites you've decided to promote to, and figures out exactly what information is required. For example, a search engine might only need the URL of your site and your email address, while a business listing site might need a 50 word description, a category, your phone and fax numbers, and keywords.Paying me money!
Depending on what sites you've chosen to promote to, the Data Entry page may display a short form with a few things to fill out, or a much longer one. But, in all cases, it is as short as possible; only the items that are needed to do the promotions you currently want to do will be listed.
If you've previously promoted the record to other sites, you've probably entered some of the required information already! If so, a lot of the form will be filled out for you! Cool, eh?
Sometimes, the form will ask you for the same information in different ways (for example, both a 20 and 30 word description of your site). This is because every index on the net has different length restrictions, and it's important to take the best advantage possible of them.
Even neater, if you are running Netscape or Explorer 4.0 or better, you'll get access to some seriously cool features that make filling out the form even easier. For example, if you are asked for a 20 and a 30 word description, after you finish filling in the 30 word description, when you click on the 20 word description form element, it will automatically get filled in with the 30 word description, so you can just edit it down to 20 words!
Take your time and do a good job filling out the form. The better job you do, the better your listings will be. Be careful with your spelling, in particular! When you get to the bottom of the form, you'll find an ENERGIZE button. Click it to start the promotion process.
SelfPromotion.com will save your record's data (so you don't have to type it in again next time), and then check it to make sure everything is correct. If there are problems, the page will redisplay, and you'll be told what the problems are. Fix them and try again.
Assuming everything is correct, then your record will be queued for promotion. Tooter, the intelligent daemon program, will proceed to visit each of the sites you selected, and register your site for you. It basically pretends to be a human being, and types all the information in for you.
First Steps: If you're following along and have decided to promote to all the search engines, you'll only be asked for a few bits of information. I always get asked "Where do I enter my keywords?" Well, the great thing about SelfPromotion.com is "If the sites you're promoting to don't need a bit of information, I don't ask for it!" Since search engines typically want your URL, your name and your email address, this is pretty much all I ask for when you promote to the search engines.
Every field begins with a description of what needs to be entered and helpful hints. Read them. Remember, when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me. Here's what you'll have to enter:
First, ignore that Category Autoset text area. You won't need to use it until later on, and it is explained lower down in the help.
The URL of your site (or page): You won't believe how many people get this wrong! Even funnier, if you do screw it up, there is at least a 50% chance you'll (a) not read the instructions and diagnostic information and then (b) complain to me how the site is screwing up! All that incredible verbiage and precise explanation is there because others before you have made mistakes -- so read it!
The URL of your site, if you own your own domain: What this means is, if you own a domain (like I own http://selfpromotion.com/), you enter the URL. If you don't (say, your site is on GeoCities), you leave this blank. The reason I ask is that some search engines only accept listings from people with their own domains. Snobby, aren't they?
Full name of submitter or maintainer (First, Middle, Last): For example, I'm "Robert John Woodhead".
Email address of submitter or maintainer: Your email address, or the email address of whoever keeps your site running.
Location of Site (for Excite): The proper way to promote to Excite depends on where your site is hosted. Basically, Adult Sites, AOL member sites, and "free webpage" sites need to be handled specially. If you fall into these categories, answer Yes, otherwise No.
Once that's done, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ENERGIZE. If all is well, then your record will be queued for promotion; otherwise the page will replot with error messages that tell you what needs to be fixed. Please read them and try again.
Congratulations, you've (I hope!) just completed your first promotion. Now try promoting to the next set of sites (the Major Indexes).
Once your promotion has been queued, you'll be presented with my pathetic plea to support the site by sending me some money. Read it, it's funny. There's a form you can fill out to let me charge your credit card. You can also find a copy of this form on the Support the Site! page.Applying for Awards
While SelfPromotion.com is a free service, I do encourage you to make a small payment to support the service. I've already had to buy two extra servers to keep the site running, and will soon have to upgrade my net link as well. This does cost money! SelfPromotion Supporters get several important privileges. First, "Tooter" will process your submissions before those of non-supporters; in fact, those that pay the most get the fastest service (apparently, "Tooter" was a waiter in his previous life). Second, SelfPromotion.com will retain account information about supporters for a full year, whereas accounts of non-supporters will auto-delete after four weeks (to make room for the next person).
Finally, those who support the site to the tune of $10.00 or more get access to my suite of Secret Net Tools (see below)
One thing to keep in mind about awards -- they are total ego massage. They will not help you get more traffic. They can be fun, but they are totally non-serious.Other Promotion Options
Applying for awards is very similar to promoting to the various indexes. There is one extra step, however.
Before you can apply for awards, I have to rate your site based on a variety of characteristics. Then you'll be allowed to apply to those awards that you have a decent shot at winning. Please note that because I have to manually rate your site, the award application feature is only available to those who've contributed towards the maintenance of the site. Assuming you have done so, then:
Select one of your records and Request Award Rating from the pull-down menus, then click on Promote. This will tell me you want your site to be rated.
Next, be patient for a few days until I get around to rating your site.
When you return to SelfPromotion.com, select the record, the Apply for Awards category, and click on Promote again. This time (assuming I've rated you), you'll be able to select the awards that I think you have a chance of winning, and click on Enter Data to enter your data and start a promotion.
I do this pre-vetting to prevent people from "spamming" all of the awards. Each time you submit for an award, a real person has to look at your site, so it is important to only submit to appropriate awards.
There are some types of sites that should not apply for a rating, because these types of sites rarely get awards, no matter how good they are:
Please remember that I have to spend time rating sites. Please don't waste my time asking me to rate sites that obviously aren't going to get awards. And as I only rate your site once, it is always a good idea to wait until your site is in tip-top shape before asking me to rate it!
- Sites with adult material
- Multi-level marketing sites
- Web-design/hosting services
- Commercial sites that are not extensive in nature. A few dozen pages won't cut it. Commercial sites need to be really top-notch in order to have a shot at winning awards.
There are several other options in the pulldown menus that you will find useful.The Secret Net Tools
Check Status lets you see the status of every promotion you've performed
Email Status Report will send you the same information in a nicely formatted email report. It also tells you which awards you've applied for.
STOP Promotion lets you stop a promotion you've queued (in case you've made a mistake).
Search Engine Resubmit lets you quickly resubmit your site to the major search engines (after you've changed it, you'll want to let them know so they can rescan your pages!). It only resubmits to the search engines you've already submitted to. Only New Sites lets you submit to all the sites that you haven't yet successfully promoted to, and is a handy way to keep up with me as I add new sites and awards. This option is only available to contributors.
Retry Failed Promotions lets you quickly edit your data and resubmit to any sites where your original promotion failed (due to an error on their site, for example).
There are also a couple of special links in the Promote! palette that come in handy occasionally.
Delete Record lets you delete a record you don't need anymore.
Copy between Records lets you copy information between two records.
The Secret Net Tools are available only to supporters who contribute $10.00 or more. After I've processed your contribution, the full suite of Secret Net Tools will appear in the palette between the Promote! and Navigate palettes.Miscellaneous Site Features
The Rankulator lets you query the major search engines with the 7 permutations of 3 keywords, and tells you on what page your page appears. It also tells you the URLs of the best pages, so you can learn from the ranking masters.
If you decide to try pay-per-click ads, the Search Terms Generator can quickly generate large lists of search terms to bid on.
The Domain Name Sniffer makes it easy to search for great domain names for your site.
The Espionage tool lets you look at a web-page the way the search engines do. It's great for learning the tricks of getting better rankings.
The HTML PrettyPrinter shows you the logical structure of your pages, and helps diagnose those pesky table errors!
The View HTML tool is like your browser's view command, but it also shows you the HTTP headers.
The Keyword Diffuser is a seriously cool tool. You enter keywords that describe your site, and the Diffuser generates many different sets of META keywords tag, one for each of your pages. Each META tag has a different subset of your keywords in different orders; the idea is to maximize the chance that any particular query on a search engine will find one of your pages. It even has a macro processor to help you generate keyword phrases!
There are tons of other cool goodies on SelfPromotion.com, and you can find them all in the Navigate palette.Learning about Promotion
How it Works explains how the site does do the voodoo that it can do.
The Promotion Monitor page lets you see what SelfPromotion.com is up to. It shows you what pages are being promoted now, and what pages have recently been promoted, and gives you links so you can visit those sites.
The List of Sites tells you what sites and awards SelfPromotion.com promotes to. It's usually out of date.
The Our Awards page is a list of all the awards I've won, some of which I actually deserved.
I've also compiled a list of the Best User Sites that have been promoted via SelfPromotion.com, and some User Comments that people have made about the site.
If you run a major index, or administer an award, you can learn how to get it added to SelfPromotion.com by reading the Get Your Site Added page.
And of course, no site would be completed without a Suggestion Box.
I've also written some articles about website promotion that you may find of interest:
The 500 Sites Fallacy is my little dissertation on why you shouldn't pay someone a lot of money to promote your site. Even me. Hey, wait a minute...
Page 1 Paranoia addresses the constant questions I get about search engines.
How to win Awards tells you, in a roundabout way, how to snag awards for your site.
Links to other web promotion resources that I've found useful can be found on the Links of Interest page. There are lots of great resources out there!Forgotten account names and passwords
If you've forgotten your account name or password, go here to retrieve it. Just enter your email address and the site will email your account name and password. The reminder email has a link you can click on that will even type in your email address for you.I gave you some money, but you're still bugging me for a contribution!
There are two main ways this can happen. The most probable cause is that you somehow created more than one account. To find out if this is so, look in the original reminder email for the "amnesia" link. Click on it and the site will send you info on all the accounts associated with your email address. If you do have more than one, then simply email me and tell me which account you'd like to keep, and I will COMBINE the two (or more, the record is one person who created 6 accounts!) accounts together.I'm sending you a check! Don't delete my account!
The other main reason is that I screwed up and didn't credit your account properly. OK, I admit it, I'm not perfect. If this seems to be the case, email me and I'll get it fixed.
Fear not. I keep backups of deleted accounts for just this situation, and as soon as the check comes in, I can reincarnate your account. If you are totally paranoid, just email me and let me know, and I'll give your account some extra time.I'm going to send you a check! What's that address again?
Please make checks (or money orders) payable to ROBERT WOODHEAD and send them to:I don't have time to use the site now, what should I do?
6810 Finian Drive
Wilmington NC 28409 USA
And please, pretty please with sugar on it, put your selfpromotion.com account name on the check!
If you haven't actually done anything, then just let your account expire and create a new one when you are ready to start using the site. If you want to delete your account (so you won't get more reminder emails) then follow the instructions in the next FAQ entry.The site isn't for me. How can I delete or cancel my account?
There is a handy link in the reminder email for doing this. Or if you can't easily find that, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll do it for you.I want to wait until I see some results before coughing up the cash!
If you don't contribute (or your 1-year subscription runs out) then your account will automatically delete. I do keep backups of expired accounts, so if you later decide you want to start up again, I can "reincarnate" your data.
No problem, I totally understand. One of the unfortunate facts of life in URL registration is that if often takes months for the major sites to list your URL.Can I get an invoice for my contribution?
You can either (a) cough up the cash on faith, and demand a refund later on if you're not satisfied, or (b) let your account expire, and when you later decide to contribute, just do so and I'll "reincarnate" your account information from my backups. I've been playing with computers for over 25 years, so I keep backups of EVERYTHING!
When I process your contribution, you get an automatic email invoice. If you need something actually on paper, I'm happy to provide one.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. It's really annoying, but there is nothing anyone can do to hurry them up. Anyone who guarantees instant listings is a liar, or is being deliberately misleading.What's the best way promote my site?
You can use the Are You Listed? Secret Net Tool on the site to see if your URL is in a particular search engine. As previously mentioned, Altavista is the only search engine that lists you quickly, so check for your URL on them.
Also, keep in mind that getting into the search engine and coming up high 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 General Indexes sections, you should. Many of them will add you immediately, and send you email feedback. 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 at http://selfpromotion.com/how-to-submit-to-yahoo.t (because if you are paying to submit to them, it's a good idea to do it right!)
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. See "Can I repromote my site? How often should I do it?" below.
One of the big problems with site registration is that unless you actually visit all of the indexes, you can never be sure if they have actually listed you. I am currently playing around with an Are You Listed? tool that makes checking on your listings easier, but it is far from complete as of yet.Forgotten account names and passwords
Fortunately, since most of your hits will come from the top indexes and search engines, all you should really worry about is "Am I listed in the top sites?"; listings in the minor sites are pretty much "gravy" in my opinion; nice to have, but not crucial.
Therefore, here is my suggested strategy for registering your site:
1) Register with the Search Engines and Major Indexes
These two categories of sites are the most important to get listed in, so do them first.
2) Register with the General Indexes (and the other categories of indexes) as appropriate
It's nice to get into these sites, but not crucial. So as time permits, register with all the appropriate sites in these categories.
3) Anytime your site changes, re-register with the Search Engines
Search Engines don't mind if you resubmit to them over and over again, so you should do so every time your site changes significantly.
4) Every couple of months, check the sites in the Major Indexes to see if they have listed you
If they have, great. If they haven't, resubmit to them. With really major indexes like Yahoo, I'd give them 3 months before resubmitting, and make some improvements on your site in the meantime.
Getting your site listed with the search engines and indexes is only part of a well-rounded promotional program. For more thoughts on other things to do, you may enjoy a short article I wrote entitled The 500 Sites Fallacy.
If you've forgotten your account name or password, visit http://selfpromotion.com/amnesia.t to retrieve it. Just enter your email address and the site will email your account name and password.I promoted to the Search Engines; how do I promote to the other sites?
After you've logged into your account, the Promote! menu at the top of the page will have two pull-down menus located above the PROMOTE button. The top one lets you select which of your records you want to promote, and the bottom one lets you select what type of sites you want to promote it to. The default for the bottom pull-down menu is Search Engines; change it to promote to different types of sites.Your site keeps crashing my browser!
Simply reconnect and continue on. If you are paranoid, then every so often (10 minutes or so), simply scroll down to the bottom of the form, check the "Don't promote, just check" checkbox, and click on the ENERGIZE button. The form will reload, and all the data you've entered so far will have been saved on the SelfPromotion.com server.I entered my URL (or some other data) incorrectly! How do I change it?
Use the STOP Promotion feature (in the pulldown menus) to stop any promotions that haven't already been done. Then simply start another promotion; you'll have an opportunity to change all your data before the promotion is queued.I also screwed up my email address! How do I change that?
A common question is "How do I change my data?" The answer is, "Do more promotions; if a particular bit of data is required for a promotion, you'll have the opportunity to review and change it"
Log into your account, which gets you to the main options page (the one that lets you add a new record). Scroll down the page and the bottom-most palette on the right-hand side is the cunningly hidden email change form!I just did a promotion, but all it wanted was my URL and email address. How do I enter keywords and stuff?
The contents of the Data Entry form depend on what sites you are promoting to. Some sites, like the search engines, only ask for a few bits of information, so the form is simple; others, like indexes, ask for more, and the form can get pretty big. Each Data Entry form is unique and custom-generated just for you, and asks for only the information needed to do the promotion you currently want to do.I didn't get listed in an index; what do I do?
So you won't be asked for keywords, or a particular description, until you promote to a site that needs that information. And if you've already entered it on a previous promotion, you'll find it conveniently filled-in for you on the form!
Welcome to the wonderful world of net-lag. It can take a long time for sites to actually list you; I'm still getting the occasional "We just listed you" email from promotions I started 3 months before!How can I tell if I'm listed on a particular site?
My rule of thumb is, if an index hasn't listed me after 3 months, and my site has some new stuff on it that might cause them to change their minds and list me, then I'll repromote to them. See the previous section for more ideas on promotion strategy.
The "Are You Listed?" tool will help you find if you are listed on some of the major sites. Other ones, you'll have to go visit the site and see. If you contributed $10 or more, the Link Checker Secret Net Tool can also help.How do I get a listing of what promotions have been done?
The Email Promotion Report option in the pulldown menus is just the ticket! And the Account Status link in the Promote palette gives you a more condensed report about all of your records.Why are some of the sites "MANUAL" promotions?
There are five main reasons why a site has been left as a manual link.Why don't you submit to Free-for-all (FFA) Links pages?
First, it may be an important site like Yahoo, where a personal touch to the submission can help you improve your chances of getting in; Second, it may be a site whose registration system is sufficiently weird that automatic promotion is a pain in the tushie; Third, it may be a site that has asked for no automatic submissions; Fourth, it may be a special-interest site that won't be submitted to very much, so doing an automatic submission isn't worth my time (or would result in too many inappropriate submissions); and finally, it may be because I was just too damn lazy to do it.
Bluntly, because they are worse than useless. Most of them are there for one reason -- to collect email addresses so they can email you advertising messages. Additionally, any clickthroughs you do actually get are of very low quality -- after all, you have to be REALLY bored to look for new sites on a FFA page.What are META tags, and how do I use them?
Those spams that promise to promote your site to the top "1000" search engines are really going to submit you to a bunch of FFA sites. Which will mean you'll get more spam! Lucky you!
I actually built a submitter that could submit to over 800 FFA links pages, and tested the quality of the resulting clickthroughs. Very few people who clicked through from a FFA page bothered to use SelfPromotion.com (or send me a contribution... grr!)
Meta tags are special HTML tags that you put in the <HEAD> section of your HTML pages. They contain stuff like keywords, descriptions, and ratings of your site. Search engines often use them to categorize and rank your pages, so it's a good idea to have them.Tuning your site for the search engines
If you want help on tuning your site to improve your search engine rankings, the Secret Net Tools available to those who contribute $10 or more will help. Also, you can find some other promotion-related resources on my links page.You want me to visit a site to get some information, but the site is down, and every time I click on ENERGIZE I'm told I need to get that information.
Reminds you of Catch-22, doesn't it? First of all, don't worry, each time you clicked on ENERGIZE all your data was saved on the server. Near the top of the form is a link that you can click to return to the site selection form. Click it and the form will appear with all of your previous site selections checked. Uncheck the offending site, click on ENTER DATA, review your data one last time, click on ENERGIZE, and all should be well!Where are the Secret Net Tools?
After you've supported the site to the tune of $10 or more, when you log into your account, you'll notice that the Secret Net Tools palette now contains all of the tools (before you contribute, it just shows a couple of them).How can I change the name of a record?
It's a little bit roundabout, but do this. First, use the Copy Between Records tool to create a new record with the name you want, copying into it all the old record's fields and status information (check all 3 checkboxes). Then use the Delete a Record tool to delete the old record.How do I check on the status of my promotions?
Select the record you wish to check and "Check Status" from the pulldown menus, then click on the PROMOTE button. You'll be shown the standard "Choose Sites" page, in the concise format. The status of your promotion to each site is displayed on the same line as the site name, on the right side of the screen.I started a promotion a couple of days ago, and though my site isn't in the Promotion Queue, some of my sites are still listed as Queued. What gives?
Most likely, a system crash or power failure here at SelfPromotion.com caused the flag on your record that says "this record needs promotion" to get reset. This happens very rarely, but it can happen. The solution is to select one of those Queued records, and do a promotion for it again (select one site, click ENTER DATA, the data will all be filled in from last time, so all you do is scroll down and click on ENERGIZE). This will reset the flag and all the queued sites will get promoted.I run an adult site. Can I use SelfPromotion.com?
It is also possible that Tooter failed the first time it tried to promote to some sites, and is just now retrying them. When this happens, all the sites flagged for Retries are set to Queued -- and your record should be listed in the Promotion Queue.
Any legitimate website owner may use SelfPromotion.com, as long as the content of the website or the services offered are not illegal. However, I do ask that people who wish to promote adult websites abide by several common-sense restrictionsMy site uses frames. I've heard search engines hate frames. How should I promote my site?
1) They should include the string XXX in the name of every record they create (accounts can have multiple records). This enables my site to not display a link to the adult site on the "Promotion Queue" page, where a younger surfer might find it. The same goes for any website that has content unsuitable for younger audiences.
2) Adult websites should promote only to the search engines and the "Adult OK Indexes" categories (these are the only places that accept adult listings anyway)
3) Adult websites should not attempt to apply for awards, or use the FFA submitter secret net tool. None of the awards are given to adult sites, and FFA pages do not want adult listings.
It's true that some search engines have a problem indexing sites that use frames. Indexes, on the other hand, don't care. So here's what to do:I run a foreign language website. How should I use SelfPromotion.com?
- First, promote your main URL to both the search engines and the indexes.
- Next, create a few extra records for each of your important content pages (the pages that are inside your normal framed presentation) and promote them just to the search engines.
<BODY onLoad="if (parent.frames.length==0) top.location='http://www.yourdomain.com/';">
You would change the http://www.yourdomain.com/ to the appropriate URL for page you want them to go to, of course.
You can promote your foreign-language pages to the Search Engines, but most of the Indexes don't accept non-English pages (the exception being a few European sites that I've added).What if I've already promoted to some of the sites you promote to?
Thus, you should use SelfPromotion.com to promote your non-English pages to the Search Engines category only, and manually promote to regional indexes in your part of the world that accept listings in your language.
If you also have an English-language version of your site, you should use SelfPromotion.com to promote it as well, to both the Search Engines and the Indexes.
You can repromote to the search engines (Excite, etc) as often as you want, so the only concern is repromoting to the indexes (Yahoo, etc). Since you can select exactly which sites you want to promote to, you can simply avoid the sites you know you've already done. As a convenience for your record-keeping, there is a "Mark as Completed" facility on the site selection page that lets you manually mark each site as "Done"Can I repromote my site? How often should I do it?
As mentioned above, you can repromote your site to the search engines as often as you want, but more than once a month or so isn't going to do you much good. I recommend repromoting your home page and other important pages to the search engines "Once a Quarter, whether they need it or not."How many URLs can I promote?
Each record in your account is used to promote a different URL. Accounts of non-contributors are limited to 10 records. Contributors get 1 record per $ contributed.Should I promote my home page alone, or more of my pages?
Only promote one page (your home page) to the INDEXES (Yahoo, etc). If you've already registered with a particular index, don't do it again! They hate that.My URL just changed. Should I repromote?
Promote your home page and any other "core" important pages to the search engines. They don't mind if you submit more than one page.
"Deep submission" of all of your pages isn't worth the effort for most sites, because the search engines will find your pages eventually.
You should repromote to the search engines, giving them your new URL. However, as long as you can set up your old URL to redirect visitors to your new site, it isn't worth bothering the indexes. If you can't arrange for this, then my advice is to manually visit the MAJOR indexes and see if they have a method for changing the URL (Yahoo does, for example), and use SelfPromotion.com to reregister with all the lesser indexes. I'd probably take the time to tell the major indexes about my new URL in any case.I'm promoting a site for a client. What information should I collect from him first?
Well, much depends on the type of site you want to promote, and the sites you will be promoting to, but here's a summary of the information you may be asked to provide:What do the MARK AS COMPLETED links do?
In addition, make sure you know enough about what the client does to enable you to properly choose categories!
- The URL
- Website Title
- Website Description
- Website Description (for awards)
- URLs of the site awards & reciprocal links page
- Name of submitter
- Age and Sex of submitter.
- Email Addresses of submitter, webmaster, designer, graphic artist
- Address, Phone, Fax and 800 Numbers
- Organization Name, Contact Name and Contact email Address
- Hours of operation and timezone (of the business)
- Information about business products, services and prices.
- Information about business payment policies (ie: online, visa, mc, etc)
- Language of the Site
- Username and Password (some sites create an account for you)
- Popularity of Site (visits per day)
- Name of your ISP
- Information about the webserver (type, software, etc)
- When did the site come online? When will it go offline? How often is it updated?
- Special comments about the submission.
It's trivial, actually. You see, when Tooter promotes your site to a particular index successfully, it records the date it did so in your record; when you return to the site selection page, or do a "Check Status" or "Email Status Report", you'll see these dates, which are useful for keeping track of when you did what.I just did a promotion. How come I wasn't asked to enter a site description or keywords?
Some of the sites and awards are "Manual" in nature; you have to go and manually submit (a good example would be Yahoo!). The MARK AS COMPLETED links let you record in your record that you've done so, to aid in your own record-keeping. They are also useful for noting that you've already promoted to a particular site before you stumbled upon SelfPromotion.com.
After you choose sites to promote to, the data entry form is custom created for you, and only asks you for the information needed to promote to the sites you just selected. So, what you are asked for depends on what they need. When you do a different promotion (say, to some of the general indexes) you'll be asked for other information (such as keywords, for example), and any data they need that you've already typed in will be filled in for you!My site is available in multiple languages. How do I promote it?
This is a tricky question because many multilingual sites use some sort of redirection to guide users to the right version of the site depending on the language the browser tells them the visitor wants to use. And as we all know, some search engines hate redirection.I run an award, index, or promotion resource? How can I get you to add me to the site?
What you do is this. Promote your main entry page (the one that redirects, or has links to the various versions) to all the INDEXES. Then create separate records in your account for the main language-specific pages of your site (eg: the italian home page, the russian home page, etc.) and promote them ONLY to the SEARCH ENGINES. That should cover all the bases
If you administer an award and want me to list it on the site, please visit my Get Added page and fill out the form.How come the site isn't easier to use?
If you administer a GENERAL PURPOSE index (eg: something similar to Yahoo) and you want me to add you to the list of sites that SelfPromotion.com can promote to, please email me directly. Note that I do not add sites that get less than 50,000 page views per day.
If you run a site that is a genuine and useful internet promotion resource (eg: something like http://www.virtualpromote.com/) and you want me to add you to my resources links, please email me directly. I only add sites that have a lot of useful information that is available for free.
Many people ask me how come the site doesn't just ask them for a single page of information and then go off and do the promotions, like a lot of the other URL registration services.Got a question not on the FAQ? Email me!
The bottom line is, you can either do it easy, or do it right. The philosophy of my site is, "do it right as easy as possible", not "do it easy as right as possible." But, doing it right isn't easy! There is a learning curve involved. It takes time at first to get used to the way the site works.
A lot of things about the site that people find initially inconvenient (such as "how come you don't simply let me promote to all 100 indexes in one big chunk, but instead break it up into categories like Search Engines, Major Indexes, etc?") were implemented in response to user experience during the beta test. If you were to promote to all 100 indexes at once, for example, the data entry page would be about 600K long, and if it didn't crash your browser, it would take you a couple of hours to fill in! By breaking up the process, you get a more gentle introduction to how things work.
I'm always adding features to make the site easier to use and reduce the learning curve (and your feedback about EXACTLY what confused or annoyed you is crucial to this effort), but I won't do so at the cost of making the submissions less accurate.