Hi Arex ~
There are two ways to submit your site to Google:
1. Submit it using the Add:URL page,
notice that using this method, Google advises "We do not add all
submitted URLs to our index, and we cannot make any predictions or
guarantees about when or if they will appear."
2. The other is what Google considers the "best" way to get listed,
"The best way to ensure Google finds your site is for your
page to be linked from lots of pages on other sites.
Google's robots jump from page to page on the Web via
hyperlinks, so the more sites that link to you, the more
likely it is that we'll find you quickly."
Actually, if you want to get listed and rank well in the search engine
results pages (SERPs), you should familiarize yourself with and make
sure your site is designed according to the suggestions,
recommendations and information Google gives you.
Tyat information is included in the links from Google's site which are
listed below. This information will help you understand Google's goals
and responsibility to the web searcher (and not the webmaster or site
Webmasters who follow the guidelines and avoid Google's "Thou shalt
nots" usually have no problem getting listed and showing up under the
search terms they desire.
* Google Today (absolutely the best information you
can read about the "how and why" of Google's results
* How Do I Get My Site Listed on Google?
* My Web Pages Are Not Currently Listed (a good 'primer'
on how and why Google works so well)
* PageRank Information (covers both Google's PageRank and
* Webmaster Guidelines (contains both the dos and don'ts)
* Google Facts & Fiction (can you buy your way to a
high ranking in Google?)
* Search Engine Optimizers (some good advice on what to look
for if you're going to hire a Search Engine Optimizer)
* Frequently Asked Questions (pretty much what it says, but
definitely worth wading through)
* Remove Content from Google's Index (just in case you feel
a burning need to start all over again)
Things they recommend, in the Webmaster Guidelines and other places,
are to avoid a doorway page which does nothing for your pages rank in
search engines. For instance y ou have a colorful front page, but it
adds nothing TO your site and gives your visitor no idea what your
site is about.
There are other considerations such as text links so the search engine
crawlers can index your site, and the inclusion of the key words and
terms in rich text within your site so you have a chance of being
found under those terms when queried.
About those search terms
Assuming your key word metatags are the words and/or terms under which
you want searchers to find you. I found the following returns for
* Ireland - about 28,000,000 results
* Irish - about 14,100,000 results
* showband - about 68,800 results
* band - about 48,000,000 results
* wedding - about 24,100,000
No matter how you look at it, that is a powerful lot of competition
for the terms you want your site to be found under.
I suspect you aren't even sure what the terms searchers are looking
for - most people don't, unless they spend a great deal of time
researching that subject.
You might want to spend some time at Wordtracker
-http://www.wordtracker.com - to seek out all the related phrases you
can, then write copy based around the best, most relevant terms.
Include those words in your Title tags and within the content of your
website accordingly. That will certainly help.
If nothing else, by visiting Wordtracker, you'll get an idea of what
search terms they are *really* using when it comes to bands of the
same genre as your own.
Search Engine Submission
Once you feel you have really given your site every opportunity to
show up well in the right search terms, you can then submit it to
several search engines.
Below are top search engines (as determined by Nielsen Net Ratings):
* Google -
* DMOZ -
* All The Web -
* Hotbot & Lycos InSite (requires registration)
* Yahoo! -
Once you have done that, you will be in a position to analyze what is
working best and suitable for your purposes, and have the ability to
make any changes you might feel necessary.
I relied solely on my every-day knowledge of search engine
optimization and Google's resources to answer this question.
Best of luck to you,
Google Answers Researcher