25 Ways to Get your New Blog Indexed in Search Engines

In case you didn’t see it, Problogger‘s blog had a post about how to a new blog indexed in search engines like Google. I recommend this even for established blogs. Simply create a “to do” list and work on adding your blog to each site.

Or, hire someone to do this for you (see the end for my recommendation).

25 Ways to Get a Web Site or Blog Indexed by Google or Search Engines

  1. Get a link from an established blog. You could email and ask a related blog or hit up your blogging friends. Some pay for this (although it’s frowned upon). Another way to do this legally is to offer to guest post on someone’s blog and link back to your site or blog with a keyword phrase.
  2. Tell Google about your blog.
  3. Tell Google blog search too.
  4. Add your site to Google Webmaster Central
  5. Add your blog to Yahoo Site Explorer
  6. Create a lens about your blog on Squidoo. You can create more than one lens, one for each major keyword phrase.
  7. Create an account on this blog community: MyBlogLog
  8. BlogCatalog
  9. Blogged
  10. NetworkedBlogs
  11. Get listed on blog search engine Technorati.
  12. Register with sites that give the “value” of your blog: WebsiteOutlook,
  13. StatBrain,
  14. CubeStat,
  15. WebTrafficAgents,
  16. BuiltWith,
  17. WhoIs,
  18. QuarkBase,
  19. URLfan
  20. AboutTheDomain
  21. Create a profile for your blog on social sites like Twitter. Some let you establish a profile and a custom link – use keyword phrases.
  22. Get on Facebook then go to www.facebook.com/usernames and create a custom username for your site or blog. You can feed your blog onto your Facebook page. Do this on LinkedIn too.
  23. Delicious will not only let you bookmark and share sites but again you can create a profile and custom URL. Plus you can link to your blog.
  24. Sign up ChangeDetectionthat logs when your site changes (and essentially creates new content about your site).
  25. Sites like pingler ping search engines when you change your blog.

I just found out that if you’re an author and your book is on Amazon.com you can create an author profile page where you can blog or feed your blog in automatically. The link goes to my author page.

This outsourcing company in India charges $6/hour. I sent them this list to market my new blog. CDBaby’s CEO used them all the time and had nothing but good to say about them! They have quite a selection of services.

I’d love to do a case study with a new blog – one that I did nothing and one that I followed these 25 tips. Then compare the numbers. Any volunteers?

Please share your tips for getting a new site or blog indexed in search engines.

Common Sense Tips For Adding Value To A Conversation

In a presentation I was giving today, I got asked the following question about commenting on blogs:

“How do you keep blog comments from being considered as spam?”

For me its simple:  Figure out a way to add value to the conversation. You don’t always have to agree with the peoples points in which you are leaving comment on, and most of the time disagreeing gets the best discussions going.  Even if you think it was a GREAT ARTICLE, or you think they have a NICE SITE … don’t just leave the comment: “great article” or “nice site” and then link to your site.  You will get the BIG ASS delete button every time! I am even willing to overlook someone dropping keyword links into the name field if they have left, or added something of value to the conversation.  Tell me WHY it was a great article, or tell me exactly HOW it helped you out.

Here are some easy (I think) to understand tips for adding value to a conversation on a blog post, as well as ways to NOT look like comment spam:

  1. Don’t just comment for link building purposes.
  2. Don’t comment just because you think you will get “traffic” from the site.
  3. Add value to the conversation by sharing YOUR thoughts an opinions of the subject.
  4. Don’t just drop keyword links in your name.
  5. Use your real name.
  6. Make sure and READ the post (the entire post) and UNDERSTAND it BEFORE commenting.
  7. You don’t always have to agree.
  8. Read all the comments, get a feel for the direction and reply to other commenters as well.
  9. Be yourself.
  10. If you are going to drop a link, drop a relevant link that (again) adds to the conversation.
  11. GO get a damn Gravtar already!

There, that was a long winded answer, but hopefully that answers the question to the person who asked it, as well as gives some others out there who may have needed some help on the matter!  The sad thing though, is as I write this – I know some of you smarties out there are going to leave the comment: “nice article” Just don’t expect your comment to show up!