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** FAQ: How To Announce Your New Web Site (Other Places) **


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Archive-name: www/webannounce-faq
Last-Modified: 8 October 1996
Posting-Frequency: Twice weekly
Version: 1.3
URL: http://ep.com/faq/webannounce.html

See reader questions & answers on this topic! - Help others by sharing your knowledge
The purpose of this FAQ is to help show you *how* to 
publicize your new Web site.  Although there are many
sites listed here, the purpose is not to show you *where*.
If you follow the hints and guidelines below you will
certainly increase you readership.

If you have comments, additions, suggestions, 
subtractions, please mailto faq@ep.com  All changes from the 
last version are indicated with an asterisk (*).   

The authors of this faq will provide every effort to verify 
the accuracy of this document.  No guarantee is made that 
any of the sites listed below will list your new Web site, 
even if you follow every instruction exactly.

An html version of this FAQ exists at
<URL:http://ep.com/faq/webannounce.html>

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Table of Contents:

1) What's New Web Pages
2) Web Directory Pages
3) Web Search Engines
4) Newsgroups
5) Newsletters & Mailing Lists
6) Books that have Web sites listed
7) Magazines that have Web sites listed
8) Miscellaneous, List of Lists

A "Before you contact the sources listed here the authors of 
this FAQ recommend one thing: study (read) the destination 
site of your ad for a week before you submit it; you will 
be better able to decide if the site is appropriate for 
you, and better able to format your announcement.

1) What's New Web Pages

A "What's New" page lists sites that have only recently
come online.  This used to be the only way to advertise your
new Web site, and it is still quite popular.  Check out
the following locations:

    Netscape What's New. Netscape has a what's new
      page but only publishes sites that are "unique" or
      that represent a good example of Web Page.
      <URL:http://www.netscape.com/home/whats-new.html>

    Open Market. This site provides a daily listing of
      new commercial sites on the Web. They turn around
      their new submissions in about a day.
      <URL:http://www.directory.net/>

    EPage Classifieds. Under the category
      "announcements", there is a "web announcement"
      listing where you can take out a classified
      advertisement for free. <URL:http://ep.com/>

    The Virtual Tourist. This site lists what is on the
      Web by subject or region (graphical). 
      <URL:http://wings.buffalo.edu/world/>

2) Web Directories

Web Directories are basically indexes to various places 
on the Web, listed alphabetically, by region, or by subject.  
The most effective sites list by subject or category.  
Since you want the most people to see your site listing
it is very important to carefully choose the category 
for your site. We strongly recommend that 
you be totally familiar with a directory service and 
how it works before you submit your site. This will help 
you choose the best category for your site, and might 
mean the difference between 10 hits/day and a 100 hits/day.

    Yahoo. A very popular site, this is a must
      location for listing your new Web page.  Yahoo
      will place your site in their directory as well a
      on their "What's New" page.  Make sure you choose
      the category (or categories) properly to maximize
      the number of people who find you.  Suggestion:
      have your link start with a letter low in the
      alphabet. <URL:http://www.yahoo.com/>

    Infoseek, similar to Yahoo, contains listings of sites
      by categories.  A good place to have your site listed. 
      <URL:http://guide.infoseek.com/>

    Internet Mall. If you sell a service or product over
      the Internet, they will list your site for free.
      <URL:http://www.internet-mall.com/>

    Galaxy. A must for any Web site.  As with Yahoo,
      choose your category carefully.
      <URL:http://galaxy.einet.net/galaxy.html>

    W3. A very comprehensive "by subject" directory of
      many Web sites.
<URL:http://www.w3.org/hypertext/DataSources/bySubject/Overview.html>

    Starting Point. A good place to have your site
      listed. <URL:http://www.stpt.com/>

    TheYellowpages. You can submit your site only by
      E-Mail to admin@theyellowpages.com  Include
      category, URL, and a 2-4 sentence description.
      <URL:http://theyellowpages.com/>

    The Virtual Tourist. This site lists what is on the 
      Web by subject or region (graphical). 
      <URL:http://wings.buffalo.edu/world/>

    ISP Internet YellowPages. 
      <URL:http://www.index.org>

    WWLib. A comprehensive catalogue of WWW pages at 
      sites in the United Kingdom
      <URL:http://www.scit.wlv.ac.uk/wwlib>

    Web411.  A combination listing and search engine.
      Submit at 
      <URL:http://www.sserv.com/web411/add_me.html>


3) Web Search Engines

Web search engines are quickly becomming the most popular
way to find sites on the Web.  Users type in what they a
re looking for, and the search engine lists all the sites 
that it thinks you might be interested in.  If a user 
types "used Mustangs for sale" they might get 100 
possible places to look!  

There are two important techniques to incorporate on 
your page before you list your site.  First, make sure 
the "Title" of your html document is descriptive. It 
should stand on its own.  Example, instead of "Pete's 
Page" use "Pete's Mustang's for Sale".

The second trick is to think of the keywords you want 
people to type to find your site, and make sure that 
they are included near the top of your Web page (easier 
said than done). If you want people to find you if they 
type "used Mustang's for sale" you should make sure some 
or all of these words appear on your page (near the top 
but not necessarily in any order).

    Lycos. Lycos get's its listings by automatically
      searching the Web. The entire Web. Do nothing and
      it may find you anyway!  But you can "ask" the
      Lycos program to search/list your site ASAP. Lycos
      has 11,000,000 listings, so ASAP may be 3 weeks...
      <URL:http://www.lycos.com/>

 *  Alta Vista. Up to 21,000,000 sites indexed, Alta Vista
      is another "must" for your site.  They used to be 
      accessible internal to DEC only, but since they
      have allowed public access their popularity is
      increasing quickly.  If you go to this site, there
      is a link to "add" your url.  Pay close attention to
      the instructions: you only need to add your "top" page
      and Alta Vista will find the rest!
      <URL:http://www.altavista.digital.com/>

    WebCrawler. A robot search of the Web.
      <URL:http://webcrawler.com/>

4) Newsgroups

    comp.infosystems.www.announce; A moderated
      Newsgroup.  The place in the Usenet Community to
      announce your new Web site. A must. Please read
      the charter completely before posting (It will
      save you time)
      <URL:http://vader.boutell.com/%7Egrant/charter.html>

5) Newsletters

    Net-Happenings. This is a newsletter sent out to a
      mailing list, also archived on the Web.  You can
      announce anything about the net here;  all
      postings are moderated.  To subscribe, E-Mail to 
      majordomo@is.internic.net, with the phrase
      "subscribe net-happenings" in the body.
      <URL:http://www.mid.net:80/NET/>

    Net Surfer Digest. Promises an overview of new and
      interesting Web sites.
      <URL:http://www.netsurf.com/nsd/index.html>

    Scout Report. Mailed to about 20,000 people weekly, 
      with an additional Web site, the Scout Report 
      welcomes suggestions for their newsletter.  
      E-Mail to scout@internic.net
      <URL:http://rs.internic.net/scout_report-index.html>

    New Product News. Daily newswire on AOL and Delphi 
      that can include Web Site Announcements.  Write 
      to Robert Baker for details and guidelines for 
      submission. [rbakerpc@delphi.com]

6) Books that have Web sites listed

    "New Riders Official World Wide Web Yellow Pages"
      The 1995 edition lists over 4000 sites in 672
      pages.  Front of the book says to write to the
      internet@newrider.mhs.compuserve.com address if 
      you have suggestions.
      [http://www.mcp.com/nrp/wwwyp]

    "Walking the World Wide Web" The most recent edition
      is 322 pages, 200 of which have listings of web
      sites.  The author (Shannon R. Torlington)
      provides an extensive writeup for each site listed
      in the book. Published by Ventana Press.
      <URL:http://www.vmedia.com/shannon/shannon.html>

    "Internet Roadside Attractions". Also published by
      Ventana Press, this book specializes in things
      to do on the Internet. 
      <URL:http://www.vmedia.com/ira.html>

    "Free Stuff from the World Wide Web" This book
      contains many sites that provide "free" stuff on
      the Web. <URL:http://www.coriolis.com/coriolis>

    "World Wide Web Bible". This Book on the Web
      includes a chapter of interesting places to
      visit. 
      [No known contact]

    "What's on the Internet"  E-Mail to  
      P00553@psilink.com

7) Magazines that have Web sites listed

    Netguide by CMP Publications.  Bills itself as
      "The guide to online services on the Internet".
      Write to the Webmaster at rsantale@pipeline.com
      <URL:none>

    Internet User by L'Agora Srl.  A bimonthly magazine 
      published in Italy and dedicated to the Internet 
      and the World Wide Web. [vertigo@well.com]

8) Miscellaneous, List of Lists

    Banister's Submit-It. One Stop Shopping to submit
      your site to MANY places on the Web.  Excellent
      time saver;  however you can't tailor your listing
      for each site.  Great for those that want a lot to
      happen fast.
      <URL:http://www.submit-it.com/>

    Qwik Launch.  Similar to Submit It, this site is a good
      quick way to get listed (or at least see where you 
      can be listed)
      <URL:http://www.qwiklaunch.com>

    Add It. Another place that will list your site for you
      on many other sites.
      <URL:http://www.liquidimaging.com/submit/>

    Nexor List of Web Robots. An up to date list of all
     the Web Robots out there.
     <URL:http://web.nexor.co.uk/mak/doc/robots/active.html>

    A1 Index of over 650 Free WWW URL Submission & Search
      Sites. Here is a list of Web sites that will take your 
      announcement.  Very comprehensive list, no descriptions 
      (so you have to search around to see what is appropriate). 
      Great for ideas. 
      <URL:http://www.a1co.com//index.html>

    onLine Business. Over 650 sites to promote your Web site
      for free. 
      <URL:http://online-biz.com/promote/>

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