Lesson #2: Submitting Your Site
But if you're in a rush and need to get your fresh, raw, virgin URL listed ASAP, and want to make sure the other major SEs "see" you, then you can go through these simple steps...
To submit to Google, the first thing to do and the simplest is to go to Google in another country, a smaller engine, which is likely to index your submission much sooner than the .com or .ca version...
Pick Israel, for example: http://www.google.co.il/addurl/.
The first field on that page is "Address of site". Simple enough, just enter your site's URL with the http part included.
The Second field is for comments, which is optional and really isn't needed. Ignore it. Click the button. It must say something like "Submit Site"; I never really translated.
That's it. You've submitted to Google, which will index the Israel version of its search engine sooner than it would have your site submitted to the .com version.
Don't do it again - you won't have to. Sit still. Be patient. Play golf.
Or, you can submit your site to be listed in link lists and top lists, etc., but I don't recommend reciprocal linking. Best to submit to a search tool or directory site which needs listings and doesn't require you to link back to them... although, initially for indexation purposes, you may not care, it means more work taking the links down off your site when you will have to.
(The reason for this is many-fold but basically one of the main reasons is that if you have or plan to have an affiliate program, your affiliates will not want to link to you if you give their traffic a chance to leave your site before they can join.)
If you can't build up immediate linking relationships (which should be the subject of an entire entry of its own here) then there is a simple solution, but you have to keep it up daily for a few days, and that's link dumps.
Yes, I know the knowledgeable of you out there will say link dumps suck. And they do, for traffic... but some indexed so often and basically because they change so often, that the chances are good you'll be picked up by Google and MSN and Yahoo at these sites.
For adult sites, you can go to a list of link dumps, and for non-adult it would be good to go to FFA sites like Squizzle (http://www.squizzle.com/linkdump.asp), The Lost Links (http://www.thelostlinks.com/ ), or best are places you don't have to register or wait for approval, such as MediaDrpper (http://www.mediadropper.com).
These are never guaranteed but might work if you're in a hurry. Best would be to link to yourself from sites of your own, especially blogs you update regularly and other text-content sites.
This will end for now so I can publish... I'll re-read it tomorrow and see if it needs to be edited... oh, and of course there's submitting to MSN and Yahoo! of course....