If you have your own website then it is common knowledge that you should submit your website to the search engines to enable people to find you. One of the most popular search engines is Yahoo! so it makes sense to have this high on your priorities.

In line with other search engines such as Google, Yahoo! are keen to know about your site. Their goal is to discover and index all of the content available on the web to provide the best possible search experience to their users.

In days gone by you would simply submit your sites homepage and let their spider find the rest of your pages. Now, they encourage you to submit your whole site in one go with a number of options for doing this.

You can now submit RSS or Atom feeds with your complete website details or a simple text file containing a list of all your urls.

The text file is by far the simplest method for most webmasters as all you have to do is create a file named “urllist.txt” and enter all your urls.

An example of a text list is:


and so on.

There are obvious advantages to submitting your whole site to Yahoo! in one go. You no longer have to rely on their spider picking up your pages especially ones deep linked into your site as this way they know from the start where they are.

Once you have created your urllist.txt file, upload it to your sever and then submit the file to Yahoo!

To do this you will need a Yahoo account if you don’t already have one but it is completely free to set up.

Whilst having your pages included within a search engine’s index doesn’t guarantee you will get visitors, you can be 100% sure that you won’t get visitors if your pages aren’t in there.

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