Search engines might take some time to discover and fully index your website. But they won't list you automatically; you have to get them involved. So to let them know you're there and you want to be listed, you should submit your website to the major search engines: Google and Bing.
It's a quick and easy way to boost your website traffic and it's free. Don't submit links to multiple pages; just submit the URL/ address of your website homepage.
Submitting to Google
Submitting to Microsoft Bing
After you submit your site, don't worry if you don't see any sudden changes in traffic or find your website on the first page of search hits. Nothing happens overnight. Changes can take up to month or more depending on your website's popularity and content quality.
Search engines do drive traffic to your website; however, there are many websites, like yours, all actively working to be included by search engines too. If we had to identify the single best source of traffic, it wouldn't be search traffic or social media traffic; it'd be the positive feedback that helps boost your credibility and increases your chances being selected by a potential new client.
Here are a few tips to attract search engines:
- Share the website URL directly with your family and friends.
- Get your friends to link to your website.
- When you participate in online forums, include your site's URL.