How to Submit URL to Google, Bing, Yahoo! and Ask
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The first step to getting your site online and to get better rankings in Google is to submit your URL to search engines. An example of an URL is www.yoursite.com. Eventually the search engines will find your site but this will help expedite the process.

Once you submit your URL, it could take several days, weeks, or months for the search engines to index your page(s). Results may vary so don’t write this in stone. Factors such as other websites pointing to your site can affect this time as well.

Submit your URL to Google:

1. Go to the following link: http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
2. Sign in to your Google account (i.e. Gmail)
3. Type in your URL, example: http://www.yoursite.com
4. Enter the captcha text shown in the box
5. Select “Add URL”

Submit your URL to Bing:

1. Go to the following link: http://www.bing.com/docs/submit.aspx
2. Type in your URL, example: http://www.yoursite.com
3. Enter the captcha text shown in the box
4. Select “Submit URL”

Submit your URL to Yahoo:

**UPDATED NOVEMBER 2012**

1. Go to the following link: http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html
2. Click on “Submit Your Site for Free”
3. You will be redirected to Bing. Follow the on-screen instructions for submitting your URL.

Submit your Sitemap to Ask:

**UPDATED AUGUST 2012**

Ask does not have an URL submit feature. Until recently, you could submit your sitemap to them. But Ask.com has now retired this feature and says they will be crawling sites instead. So, the next best thing is to add a directive in your robots.txt file that specifies auto-discovery of the XML sitemap.

Like this:

SITEMAP: http://www.the URL of your sitemap here.xml

The sitemap location should be the full sitemap URL.

That’s it! Once you complete the above steps, just sit back and be patient. It takes time for the search engines to index your pages. If you submit more than once, some search engines may consider this spamming which could result in not indexing your site at all.

Do Not Use an Automated Submission Program

Using an automated submission program to submit to multiple search engines at once may be considered spam attempts and is frowned upon by search engines such as Google.

Also note that you do not have to add all of your URL addresses for your entire site. For example, you do not need to add http://www.yoursite.com/about.hml and http://www.yoursite.com/contact.hml. Simply enter the home page URL and let the engines do the rest.

Like this post? You will want to learn more in our post about “How To Find Keywords.” Learn more…

373 Comments


  1. Ataur Rahman
    Jan 28, 2014

    Thanks for post. I get proper idea about sitemap from this post.


  2. Priyanka Verma
    Jan 29, 2014

    Hello Scott
    This is really an informative article and i was searching for “how to submit content to google” than after reading your article relalise that Bing and Yahoo are too important.And now i have learned to submit URL to different search engine.


    • Scott
      Feb 08, 2014

      I hope your search engine optimization will benefit!


  3. Oliver
    Jan 31, 2014

    Thank you for sharing the information, It really helps me


    • Scott
      Feb 08, 2014

      Oliver: great to hear the information helped you.


  4. Edryc
    Feb 19, 2014

    Thanks, but I’m having trouble adding my site on yahoo


  5. Sudarto
    Feb 23, 2014

    Don’t use an automated submission program. Thank for your advice. I will leave an automatic way as you wrote.


  6. Adi
    Feb 24, 2014

    Thanks for this post. I just submitted my new site


  7. DaveO
    Feb 26, 2014

    Great post… I have a question though… what if a website has been around for awhile (a couple of years) but the site has never been submitted to any search engine?
    Would it be beneficial to try to submit now? or might a new submission be crossing the line on spamming? I know that a lot of my friends have websites but have not submitted to the engines.
    thanks


    • Scott
      Mar 11, 2014

      Dave: My inclination is to tell you that if the site has been around for a few years, and you have taken to measures to purposely block it from being indexed, then Google and Bing will have indexed it through their natural crawling of the Web.


  8. Rubel
    Mar 02, 2014

    Really a helpful post. I used your tips to index into Google, etc sites.


  9. Do Ngoc Nhan
    Mar 03, 2014

    Thank you very much! ^_^ finally I found the way to submit my site!


    • Scott
      Mar 11, 2014

      Great! Thanks for your comment here, Do.


  10. Bungkilan
    Mar 06, 2014

    This really help me. I am thankful to you.


  11. Kenny
    Mar 07, 2014

    Thanks for the links. Save me a lot of time to find for the exact link to submit my website.


    • Scott
      Mar 11, 2014

      Kenny: You’re welcome and best wishes with your website.


  12. Aju George Joseph
    Mar 10, 2014

    Thanks for the tip and I have added my website to Google, Bing


    • Scott
      Mar 11, 2014

      Best of luck, Aju. Thanks for your comment here. Let us know how things work out with your overall SEO plan.


  13. naomi
    Mar 11, 2014

    thanks dear nice article i am also looking for submission but now some ideas are cleared…..


  14. Michael lu
    Mar 11, 2014

    This is really an informative article and i was searching for “how to submit content to google” than after reading your article relalise that Bing and Yahoo are too important.
    thanks.

    http://www.fmyykj.com


  15. sanowar
    Mar 11, 2014

    Oh thank you very much . recently i am start SEO .this is very helpful for me. i don’t know about bing,yahoo is imporortant to seo. but now i know the important of bing,yahoo for SEO.


  16. insonorizzazione
    Mar 13, 2014

    Grazie.
    Thanks from Italy I was wasting my time searching the feature for adding url to ask…


    • Scott
      Mar 17, 2014

      Sei il benvenuto!
      You are welcome, from the United States ;)
      Glad you found the post and it helped you avoid wasting more time.

      Scott


  17. sam
    Mar 13, 2014

    Very nice. thanks for the great help. Just submitted the URL’s.


    • Scott
      Mar 17, 2014

      Sam: thanks for your comment! Good going on submitting the URL — did you do Google and Bing, or just Google?


  18. Adam
    Mar 17, 2014

    Hi Scott

    Thanks for your efforts, I love the fact that there are people who are out there who help their fellow man.. or woman!

    Thanks Kindly


    • Scott
      Mar 17, 2014

      Wow, Adam. Thanks for your kind words! It is always good to know that others are served through this website.

      Scott


  19. Roberto
    Mar 18, 2014

    Hello,

    I’m on my way to submit my page: http://www.aportableidea.com to the directories as you mentioned.

    My question: I’m still using a free hosting with address http://aportableidea.site40.net and two domains http://www.aportableidea.net and http://www.aportableidea.com .Is it fine to use “Forward with Masking” on those domains, for it to hide the free hosting address? Or, is it a bad idea if I want my content to appear on the main search engines?

    Thanks!
    Roberto,


    • Scott
      Mar 19, 2014

      Hi Roberto,

      While there are some deeper considerations to answering your question, a quick answer is: Your site’s content is going to be indexed where it lives. If the content lives on the subdomain of site40, then that’s where the search engines will find it. As such, if I were you, I would want the content indexed on my .com site. Spending the nominal fee for commercial hosting is a good investment – I personally use, and recommend for all my clients, Dreamhost.


      • Roberto
        Mar 20, 2014

        Thanks Scott!

        You are right, I will move the site to the final destination and then apply your steps to improve rankings.

        This helps me a lot. Great site, and thanks for the recommendation.

        Roberto G.
        http://www.aportableidea.com


  20. Qsoft
    Mar 21, 2014

    The best way is to use Webmaster tool of Google and Bing


  21. EllePi
    Mar 25, 2014

    Scott, my hat is off to you. Valuable information and excellent clarity you got here! I find your information very helpful. Thanks a lot for sharing…


    • Scott
      Apr 15, 2014

      EllePi: You know, it is always nice to hear people have found the information helpful or that it got them out of the hunt of finding the easiest and best way to get their website submitted. Thanks!


  22. dontgetserious
    Mar 25, 2014

    great work … i submitted my website http://www.dontgetserious.com to ask,google and bing after reading your fine article … it helped me a lot .. keep up the good work … ch33rs :)


    • Scott
      Apr 15, 2014

      DGS: Happy to hear the article got you where you wanted to go :)
      Thanks for your comment here.


  23. Didier Foucher
    Mar 26, 2014

    Great tips for submitting my affiliate marketing and blogging tips website. Appreciate the helpful information.


  24. Stephen
    Mar 26, 2014

    Thank you very much! ^_^ finally I found the way to submit my site!


    • Scott
      Apr 15, 2014

      Best wishes on your site, Stephen. Thanks for leaving a comment. Let us know how things go!


  25. 圣经
    Mar 28, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this solutions. It will be helpful for SEOer.


  26. Yemi
    Mar 29, 2014

    This could just be called ‘submission made simple”. It’s really helped…very easy,simple.
    Thanks for the info


    • Scott
      Apr 15, 2014

      Yemi: Thank you for the kind comment. Very glad it helped!


  27. Francisc Vasile
    Apr 01, 2014

    Thanks for the ideas man. I have another question for you.
    How cand i submit my robots.txt file to google? Or how its generating? Im a big noob on seo…
    Thank you!


  28. aakash arora
    Apr 04, 2014

    What would you suggest for http://www.smartkeeda.com though i know that multiple submissions are always taken as spam.


    • Scott
      Apr 15, 2014

      aakash: My best suggestion is to do one manual submission, each, to Google and to Bing.


  29. ashu
    Apr 07, 2014

    what is the possibility of crawling by askcom bots???


  30. Nirmal Kumar Pandit
    Apr 08, 2014

    Yes, it is exactly right. We should not submit URL to update auto on multiple SEO. This kind of activities can harm you site so please give up it. We need to submit manually on every and each.
    Thanks to share this blog.


  31. Lizzie
    Apr 09, 2014

    Thank you for sharing, but how can I make sure my website will be accepted by those , I had tried this website http://www.pingmyurl.com/, It can help you Submit Your URL to 1,374 Different Websites, I have used it to promote my website: http://www.greatsheltercn.com/, Is it like somethings you called auto submission program?


    • Scott
      Apr 15, 2014

      Hi Lizzie,

      Yes, it sounds like you are talking about an auto-submission program. My advice is to stay away from using those. Just submit your URL to Google and Bing as a good start!

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