Get listed high on a search engine

What are some techniques to get a web page listed high up on the results from a search engine?  I've heard of such things as META tags -- what are they and what do they do for me?  (Specifically, how do they apply to me getting listed high in the searches?)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as well as some information on what search engines actually look at when you do a search.

Thank you very much,
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Hi there:

Your question is long to explain so here goes the links you can read.

This address have a lot of link to free submision programs:


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EgoreAuthor Commented:
So far I have read only the first page that you suggested to me and it hit on the majority of what I was looking for.  I'm assuming that the others will fill me in on the rest.

Thank you!
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