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The BIG 27!

A listing in these search engines is a necessity for any aspiring webmaster. The following 27 search engines are not only the largest and most popular of their kind, but many are listed amongst the top 100 sites on the entire Web! Systematically following this list should help you to generate a significant amount of traffic in very little time (and with very little expense).

AltaVista is perhaps the most popular spider-driven search engine on the 'Net. While CMGI's crawler software will theoretically, over time, index every page on the Net, it is useful to submit your site to the spider. By submitting your site's index page, AltaVista will automatically list all pages connected to it, effectively indexing your entire site. The employment of META tags will increase the chances that your site will be reached on a relevant search. For more in-depth submission and optimization tips, click here.

AOL Search is another popular directory, powered by the DMOZ Open Directory Project. Your site will be reviewed by a real human in order to determine its value in the category you selected for its placement. For more in-depth submission and optimization tips, click here.

ComFind is reportedly the Internet's 'largest global business directory', listing only business sites.

DirectHit employs several clever algorithms in its determination of which sites appear where in its results. The most significant indicator of relevancy is the number of times that sites are visited through other search engines. For more in-epth submission and optimization tips, click here.

Dmoz / Open Directory Project Started as NewHoo, an alternative directory to Yahoo whose listings are collected by 1000s of independent editors, rather than employees of a giant corporation. Now, the listings presented in the AOL-owned Dmoz are used by several other search engines and portals, making a listing here one of the most important to obtain. For more in-depth submission and optimization tips, click here.

Excite is one of the top five major search engines on the Web. Both a categorised directory and a keyword-driven search engine, Excite lists over 1.5 million databases, including reviews of more than 35,000 sites.

Fast / All the Web rightfully claims to be the single largest index of web documents. It presently catalogs over 600 million pages, with billions more expected to be indexed within the coming years. Fast's results are used on other search engines and portals, which makes this an essential free submission.

Galaxy is one of the five top directories on the Web. Sites are categorised by subject.

Google features the most advanced website ranking algorithm around. This index utilizes a number of factors, such as the calculating the quantity and quality of inbound links in order to determine a document's relevance. For more in-depth submission and optimization tips, click here. is a "site finder" which provides users with the fastest, easiest and most user-friendly way to find the most relevant web sites on any topic. It is both a search engine and a directory, seen by more than 2 million web surfers each month.

HotBot is another popular search engine, and one which is particularly easy to use. It's also said to be the 'most complete' web index, featuring results from several different sources within its results. For more in-depth submission and optimization tips, click here.

Inktomi powers searches for many sites, including AOL, iWon, MSN and Looksmart. Listings used to be free, but a recent finding revealed that sites submitted through the free tool are severely penalized for doing so. Now, a listing costs $30/year for the first URL, and $15/year for additional URLs.

Jayde Online Directory is one of the fastest-growing search engines on the Net. Jayde's 40 categories are easy to navigate, and a keyword search is also provided. Submission to Jayde's index may take a few weeks to process.

LinkMonster is a well-organised, colorful website search engine and announcement generator, browsed by millions of surfers each month.

LookSmart has been set up as both a directory that you may 'Explore' (containing thousands of categories and sub-categories), and as a searchable database of approved entries. The search function also links to AltaVista's huge listing if it fails to produce the desired results. It is best if you browse the site prior to submission in order to locate the appropriate category and sub-category in which you wnat your site to appear. There is a link to click on in each category to add a site. Site additions now cost between $99 and $199.

Lycos is a well-respected and increasingly popular search spider. Lycos also lists thousands of sites in its categorised Web guide. For more in-depth submission and optimization tips, click here.

Nerd World Media has established a popular Web directory and search engine. The directory arranges sites by subject.

Northern Light is one of the newer search engines to make a big mark on the Net. Already, it has indexed over 30 million sites. Yours could be next.

OneKey is the largest guaranteed error free, kid-safe search engine on the Net. All sites that wish to be listed at OneKey must have G-rated content and, preferably, no commercial content. Sites that contain ads will be marked as such in order to help children discern between 'real' content and commercial content. OneKey reserves the right to edit and/or delete your submission if it doesn't suit their content requirements.

Scrub The Web is an increasingly popular spider-driven search engine that allows surfers to search the entire Web, or to limit their search to sites within a particular category. The link submission process is quick and easy. Soon, Scrub the Web is planning to launch 'Super Scrub', a robot-search that has apparently already indexed over 80 million pages.

NBCi LiveDirectory is a new, but very popular net guide designed in a similar fashion to Yahoo!.

Starting Point is, indeed, a great place to start when promoting your site. As well as featuring some of the Web's finest sites in their "choice sites" sections, Starting Point features a list of the most recent sites added to their database which, usually, generates a short, but effective, burst of traffic.

Teoma was recently added into the Ask Jeeves suite of search properties. Its appeal comes from a slick collection of data retrieval and indexing technologies that provides some of the most accurate results on the web, in addition to the simple Google-like interface that seems to be the preference of consumers these days.

WebCrawler is a spider-driven search index listing millions of sites. It is also one of the top 10 search-engines on the Net, according to traffic reports.

WebDirect! is a business-oriented yellow-pages type search engine/directory. Upon submission of your business listing, you are permitted to enter your data into 10 of 2700 content-specific categories.

WiseNut has been widely promoted as a potential Google-killer, due to its advanced search algorithm that ranks relevancy based both on keyword density and contextual relationships between pages and sites (ie link popularity). Though it is a spider-driven engine that will likely catalog your site eventually, it never hurts to submit new sites and/or sections to this service.

Yahoo! is not only the long-standing most popular directories on the Web, it is also one of its most recognized brands. A listing in Yahoo! can take a matter of months to process and appear, but it is worth the wait to appear in the Web's premiere directory. The best way to submit your URL to Yahoo! is to browse the site's categories until you find the page where you want your listing to appear. Then click on the "Add URL" icon and fill in your information. Yahoo! allows you to add your URL to up to two distinct categories. Most commercial sites are now required to layout a once-off $199 payment for consideration, but others may submit their URLs at no cost. For more in-depth submission and optimization tips, click here.

The Others

The follow list contains 237 additional search indices to help generate more traffic for you. Note that some of these sites are content-specific, meaning that while some sites won't be able to be listed, others may receive great benefit from a listing on a site specifically targetted towards their audience demographic.

1Jump - International company directory.
1st Global Directory - One of the Top 100 Internet directories.
1st Spot - Human-edited directory of Websites.
411 Locate - Person search. - Food, nutrition and recipe-related search directory.
A2Z Solutions
Acclaim Search - US sites only.
Achoo - Health-related directory.
Aeiwi - Popular new spider-based search engine.
Alexa - Huge archive of online content that connects users to related sites.
AllFreak Search
Alpha Omega Cyberspace Guide
Ananzi - South African regional search engine/site catalogue.
AnotherGuide - Shopping directory (accepts retail sites only).
Anzwers - Engine based in Australia, but does catalogue international sites.
Art Clicks
Banet Search
Bahai WebSearch - Faith and religion index.
BG Top
BionicFind - Quaint search engine/directory site. Link submissions are processed very quickly.
BizCardz - Business directory.
BizWeb - Business directory.
BotWeb - A brilliant new website index that seamlessly combines a directory structure with search engine functionality. Should be huge.
Brand New Sites - Highlights sites launched within the last 6 months. - Directory for shopping sites only.
Buyer's Index - Directory of e-commerce and mail-order sites.
C4 TotalSearch - Increasingly popular global index of Websites.
Cannylink Internet Guide - Malaysian search engine.
Caribe Search - the Caribbean search engine.
Celebhoo - Specialist celebrity/entertainment directory.
Clean Search Web Directory
Connect Online - Directory of online stores.
Cozy Cabin
Cyber Fetch - New, dynamic, Yahoo!-like directory. Covers all sites (even adult).
The Cyber Hound - keyword-based search engine that allows you the choice of entering a unique description and keyword set, or having them drawm from your site's META tags.
Deoji Search
Ditto - Visual search engine (image crawler)
Dogboy's LinkWorld - Easter-related web directory and searfh engine.
Ecila - Search engine for French-language sites.
EurNet OnLine
FamilyClick TopClicks - Child and family-friendly sites only.
Femina - Web search for, by and about women.
Fetch Dog
Fiera - Spanish search engine/directory. - The Web's first and only directory made exclusive for filmmakers, film students and film buffs.
Find Once
Fireball Express - Dutch search engine.
FishHoo! - Specialist fishing directory.
Freebie Crawler - A search engine that lists only those sites that offer Free Stuff.
Frequent Finders - Searches according to keywords present in a website's actual URL.
FunkyCat Search
GCN Consultants - Contributed Sites
Global AtoZ Directory
Global Online Directory
GoEureka - Australian index that accepts international entries.
Gold Coast Search - Local directory of sites from and about the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Google - A next-generation spider-based index.
Grizzly Web Links
GroupWeb Business Directory
GTE SuperPages - US business listings.
Hooverdog - Small human-edited directory.
HorrorFind - Directory of the darker, more macabre web destinations.
Hotlava Web Directory
Infohiway WebZone - Impressive new search robot.
InformationCity - Webmaster resource directory.
JobLand WebSearch
Joe Farmer - Agriculture and farming niche searc engine.
Josh's Sanctum
Junk Yard of the Net - Risquè directory of the Web's best, and most exciting sites. Adding a reciprocal link to your site is a prerequisite for earning a listing.
Link Central
Link Conservatory
The Link Engine
Link Grinder
Linkmania - Add your site into one of several topical 'channels'.
LinkMatic Web Directory
Linkopedia - Commercial sites only.
LinXdirectory - Lists only investment and stock-related sites.
Lookabout - Australian website directory. Requires reciprocal link.
MaDCrAZy - Reciprocal link required.
MapPlanet - Geographical search engine.
MaxBan Directory
Marbella - International business directory based in Spain.
The Microstate Network
MoneyWeb - Finance and business-oriented directory.
Monkey Search
MSN Search - Another necessary submission. - The starting point for musicians on the web.
neoBOT - Next generation search engine/directory. Very new. Seeking links now.
Net Announce!
Netscape Open Directory
NetSearch Voyager
NYP Directory - Focusses on serving on Japanese consumers.
NZPages - User-generated directory, ala ODP
OneSeek - Includes RoboShopper, OneSeek Developer and e-Browz.
Open Text Web Index
Orion Max World Search - Presents both a metasearch feature and a human-edited directory.
OzSearch - Search engine indexing mainly Australian-specific content.
Pagelinx World Navigator
Patron World Site - Lists sites according to their nation of origin.
Phone-Soft Internet Directory
PlanetClick - Fantastic new search engine that rates sites according to user votes.
Planet Search
Query Search
Rausco - Business-related search engine that provides results quickly and clearly.
Rescue Island - The B2B commercial search engine.
REX - Directory that allows visitors to vote on all resources. Also presents age-restictive content ratings.
Search AllInOne Metasearch
Search Idea
Search IT - New web directory seeking to develop database of sites prior to official release.
Seek-It Web Search
Shadow Links Directory
Shakka! Search
Shop Guide - E-Commerce/shopping directory.
Shops on the Net - Shopping directory for secure sites.
SiteFinder - Business directory by the team.
Splat! Search
SpookySites - Everything creepy, cooky, mysterious and...well, spooky. Free submissions.
Star Seeker - Entertainment/celeb-specific web directory.
Stealth Links
SunSteam Search
Super Snooper
Surf Point
Terra - Huge Spanish-language portal. Now part of Terra Lycos. - Niche search engine handles everything related to theatre and the dramatic arts.
The Biz
The Net 1 - Growing international search engine that works in with and to maximise your exposure. - Business directory. - Very selective web directory.
TurnPike Emporium Directory - Well-established A-Z directory of sites according to content.
Ugabula - A Spanish-language spider-based search engine that attempts to bring order to the web 'jungle'.
UK Index - A spider-driven index of UK-based sites.
United Links Directory - Webmaster-centric directory.
USA Online
Web100 - Highly selective user-ranked directory.
Webindex - Greek search engine.
WebKangaroo - Internet search for kids.
Web Links - Entries added instantly, complete with optional accomanying image.
WebSearch Australia - Indexes only sites from Australia, NZ, the UK or Hong Kong. WebSearcher 2.0
Web's Most Linked - Ranks sites based on the number of other sites that link to them.
Web Surf
WebTop - Hugely popular and expansive spider-based engine.
WebVenture Hotlist
Web Wombat - Lists only sites whose URLs end with a .au or .nz suffix (Australia and New Zealand).
What's Nu
What-U-Seek - Lists business websites only.
World's Best Million
Woyaa! - Directory of African sites. - Women-centric web directory.
WWW Riot
Yellow Pages Superhighway - Apparently receives in excess of 1 million visitors monthly.
YelloWWWeb Pages - Online e-Merchant directory.
Zap Internet Directory


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