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Search Engines and Directories List

Part One
The Top Sites
The Americas
Australia+New Zealand
Middle East
Southeast Asia
Other Locations
How to Get Listed
Other Resources

How to Use this List

This page is a list of search engines and directories. It started out as a part of a tutorial for novice webmasters on getting listed on search engines and directories. However, since it seems to have taken on a life of its own, I have given it its own little section of my site.

I'll be adding more search engines and directories as I find them, so you might want to bookmark this page.

Please note that some of the search engines and directories in the tables restrict submissions to certain areas or topics. I have listed these restrictions in the tables where I am aware of them. Please read the search engine or directory's submission page before submitting your site.

To go directly to the search or submit page for each search engine or directory, click on the blue arrow More in the table.

Since the list is rather long, I've divided it up into sections. This one contains the best of the large commercial sites. If you only have time to submit your site to one of these, I would chose Inktomi. Otherwise, submitting to every site on this page will get you a majority of the search engine and directory users. Please use the links at the upper left of this page to get to the rest of the list.


The Top Sites

Name Language Coverage Search Page Submit Page
Search Engine Directory
(aka FAST)
English World More More None
AltaVista English World More More ?
AOL (NetFind) English World More Use Canada.Com Use DMOZ
Ask Jeeves English ? More ? None
Direct Hit English World More None More
(aka Open Directory)
English World More None More
Excite English World More More ? (aka Infoseek) English World More ? ?
Google English World More More ?
GoTo English World More Use Canada.Com None
HotBot English World More More ?
Inktomi English World Reseller Use HotBot None
iWon English World More Use Canada.Com None
Lycos English World More More ?
MSN English World More Use Canada.Com ?
Netscape Netcenter English World More None None
Snap! English World More None More
WebCrawler English World More More ?
Yahoo! English World More Use Canada.Com Category

Next: More international search engines and directories


Resellers provide the database for many of the popular search engines and directories, but do not directly provide these services. There are currently three of these (that I know of): Inktomi, Thunderstone, and DMOZ. You only need to submit once to each of these to be listed on all of their clients.
Meta search engines submit your search words to multiple public search engines, then combine the results. Since they do not maintain their own database, you cannot submit directly to a meta search engine.
Most directories require you to find the correct category, then click on a submit link from within that category. Start with the main category listings on the site's search page and work your way down.

Here's the basic criteria for inclusion on this list:

  • It must be a search engine or directory.
  • It must list web pages. I may someday include specialty search engines designed to find FTP sites, MP3s, etc. if there is enough demand.
  • It must be available to the public.
  • It must not charge for admission to the site or for listing on the site. Sites with paid submissions which also have free submissions will be accepted.
  • Regional and topical search engines are fine, so long as they are public.
  • Sites that require membership are also acceptable, so long as membership is free and available to anyone.
  • It must allow any web site to be listed. Again, restrictions to a region or topic are acceptable. Restrictions to a single service provider are not.

Questions or comments about this page? Email the author.

Last Modified: 6 Mar 2001
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