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Hi,

I need to get  my website www.rafter.5u.com listed on the search engines but every time i get it listed on google, yahoo and msn it only stays there for about a week and then i have to register it again.
how can i get it listed once and have it stay there?

Cheers,
Raftor...
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First, just to dispell a bit of misinformation, you don't need to 'register' or submit your website to any of the three relevant search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN).  The preferred and only reliable method is to allow the search engines find your site via backlinks - incoming links from other websites.  FYI - at the moment, your site is listed on both Google and Yahoo.  I haven't checked MSN.

Second, we have no control over what sites the search engines list or how prominently they list any particular site.  These are determinations they make themselves based on their ever-evolving criteria.  So what are they looking for?  In short, they are looking for quality websites with fresh & unique content.  If you want a further overview, you can review the Google Webmaster Guidelines (www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html) and the Yahoo Quality Guidelines (http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/ysearch/basics/basics-18.html).

It's a good idea to be proactive about promoting your site through the search engines.  In addition to adhering to the guidelines listed above, there is more you can do, too.  There is a process called search engine optimization (SEO) that essentially amounts to adhering to a set of protocols that makes your site more appealing to the search engines.  The best place to get a good SEO overview is here - www.seoguy.com/tutorial.html.  My advice to you would be to take the time to carefully read and understand that tutorial.  Once you begin to implement the advice given there, make good use of this Online Marketing topic area.  There are Experts here who will be happy to take the time to answer your questions and give you more specific advice about what to do to improve your site.
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