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can't find my website in yahoo, google...

Dear expert(s),

I've developed and hosted a webiste, but google or yahoo cannot find it, I've added the following meta tags..
<html>
<head>
<title>Coco Tamarind Restaurant</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<meta name="description" content="One of the best Indian Restaurant in Buckinhamshire.">
<meta name="keywords" content="Coco Tamarind Restaurant, Asket, Buckinhamshire is an ideal location for dining out or a romantic evening away from the city.">
<meta name="allow-search" content="yes">
<meta name="audience" content="all">
<meta name="robots" content="all, index, follow">
<meta name="revisit-after" content="3 days">
<meta name="Rating" content="General">
<meta name="Language" content="en">
<meta name="distribution" content="Global">
<meta name="Classification" content="Your Classification">
...

what should i do, can anyone help.

Thanx..
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lipu1973
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Julian MatzCommented:
Hello,

Most major search engines will ignore most meta tags....

I think the best way to get your site listed in Google is by using Google Sitemaps. I don't know the exact URL right now, but Just type Google Sitemaps into the Google search engine and you should find all the resources you need.

A Google sitemap is an XML file with a list of all pages in your site, along with some other data. The best, but probably most difficult method of using Google Sitemaps is through the use of the google-sitemaps-gen Python script which updates the XML file periodically and notifies Google of changes. The simplest method is to use a software program like SitemapsBuilder.net to generate the XML file whenever you need to upload a new one...

But once you've got a sitemap uploaded and the site added to your Google Sitemaps account, you should find that it gives you very useful summarized information about your site...

Hope this helps...
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UnexplainedWaysCommented:
I'd go with what julianmatz said.  

However if it's just a single page you want listed, then try this: http://www.google.com.au/addurl.html .  My sister got her geocities site on google and it's just 1 page and no sitemap.
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UnexplainedWaysCommented:
To do with that url i posted

"Only the top-level page from a host is necessary; you do not need to submit each individual page. Our crawler, Googlebot, will be able to find the rest. Google updates its index on a regular basis, so updated or outdated link submissions are not necessary. Dead links will 'fade out' of our index on our next crawl when we update our entire index."
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EsopoCommented:
>>but google or yahoo cannot find it<<
Metatags are a good thing to have but are in no way necessary for the big search engines to find your site and list it. On a new site I've seen Google know about the site and still not show it on any results. The search engines are looking for more than just existance, they want to know that someone cares about the site.

Submission to search engines is possible but not necessary. Actually, the big search engines would rather find new sites by themselves. What you need to do is spend a couple of hours registering in directories and asking related sites to link to you. Until search engines find a few good sites linking to you your site won't come up in search queries.

For more about search engines see this tutorial:
http://www.seo-blog.com/category/tutorial/

Esopo.
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johanbarnardCommented:
Hi,

You can add it at the following urls:

YAHOO: http://submit.search.yahoo.com/free/request
MSN: http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx
GOOGLE: http://www.google.com/addurl

Most other search engines feed off them, so this should be your main 3 submissions.

Hope it helps!
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johanbarnardCommented:
Sorry,

And by searching the full url in google, for example www.thewebsite.co.za
It will give you better stats, all the pages indexed etc from there.

Hope it helps
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mc1arkeCommented:
Just out of interest....

Do you have a doctype declaration at the top of your page? Most search engines use this while parsing your content, so make sure it it there or they may ignore your page if they cant read it properly.

The other thing to remember, Google can take a long time to initially list your website, with this delay sometimes running up to a couple of weeks after submitting it.

Hope this helps
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lipu1973Author Commented:
johanbarnard,
I've submitted my url to them, still couldn't find it on yahoo...
may be I've to wait as  mc1arke  said.

julianmatz
I'm currently working to use google sitemaps, see how it works...

mc1arke,
I've developed the site using dreamweaver 4, and the html it generated doesn't have any doctype.



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Julian MatzCommented:
If you need any help with Google Sitemaps, let us know...

I bet once you have the sitemap sorted out, your pages will be listed in Google not long after. I'd be interested in knowing how you get on...
Google - site:www. yoursite.com/
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when you're done.

A DTD (Doc Type Declaration) isn't vital, but always a good idea. However, if you do use a dtd, you might want to get your source code validated on http://validator.w3.org/...

Also, do you have any sites linking to yours?
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lipu1973Author Commented:
julianmatz ,

I don't have any sites linked to my page...but I will do it as you said and come back to you shortly when the sitemap work will be done.
Thanx alot.
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lipu1973Author Commented:

Thanx julianmatz for the great help,
and thanx to every1 as well for the expert suggestions.

My site is www.cocotamarind.co.uk, I will highly appreciate suggestions about the site,
and probably will back again with some more!!!
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Julian MatzCommented:
No problem, lipu1973, glad I could help!

The design of your site looks quite good so far (I presume it's not completely finished yet), but I did notice one potential problem, regarding search engine optimisation - there doesn't seem to be any text. All the text I saw on the site is embedded in images, which search engine spiders cannot read or process...
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lipu1973Author Commented:
yes, still some more things i need to do, linking with some other websites and email links, and some texts on html ...
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