Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Dec 14, 2007
There’s been this debate in the SEO community, of which I’m a minor member, as to whether it’s better to submit your website to all the search engines to help them find you, or just to wait and let it happen on its own, which is known as “natural search.” In the past, whenever I’ve created a website, I’ve always submitted it, just to make certain, but this was before the debates came up. I decided not to with this site, just to see what might happen.
I’m happy to say that, in just a few days, Google has found me. If I put the name of my blog in, it comes up in the 3rd position; that’s kind of neat. Now, that is only Google, because it still hasn’t shown up on Yahoo, MSN, or Ask, but Google’s the big dog, which this kind of proves.
Let’s talk a little bit more about this natural search thing. There are many businesses out there whose purpose is to help people submit their websites to search engines. True, in some cases with the minor search engines, you will be found quicker if you submit your site.
However, there can be different associated costs with this type of thing. You might have to pay the company submitting your site something. For some search engines, you have to pay them to list your site. The same thing goes for some directories. I tend to stay away from that sort of thing, paying for something I could do on my own if needed. It seems that, at least with Google, if you write something and it’s not just a bunch of garbage, that they’ll find you within a week or so, and truthfully, that’s pretty fast.
With blogs, you have a chance of being found sooner, though, because of their nature. If you launch a new website, it may have multiple pages, but you’ve probably put them all up at the same time. With a blog, you’re probably writing content every day for at least a few days in a row, or maybe only a few posts a week, and that prompts the search engines to say “hey, there’s some activity going on over there, let’s check it out,” and you’ll be good to go.
The thing about a blog is that it’s not only always new content, but, for a blog like this one, natural search has its tasks cut out for it because I expect to be kind of all over the place. I will have my little niche, but it’s going to be wide and varied, as I don’t want to limit the types of things I want to write about. Still, it’s nice to know that I do have a chance to compete, since they’ve also indexed my first few pages.
Relax, write and wait; you’ll be found without having to spend a lot of money. Then life will only get better for you; trust me! 🙂