Here is an exclusive list of Websites, directory and places where you should submit your blog. Most of the sites listed here are free and if you are creating a new blog/Website or have not submitted your existing Website to these places, you should go ahead and create one.
This also includes many social networking site and social bookmarking profile. It’s not an extensive list like 1000 sites or something, but I’m creating a list of those sites which are important and will be helpful in either search engine ranking or tracking your site report.
Let me start the list with Webmaster tools as it will be first step to get your site on search engines. Submitting you blog to other sites will help in better indexing and crawling of your blog. Specially when you create a new blog, it takes time for search engine bots to find your blog and crawl it, by submitting your site to these Websites which is listed below, it will help in faster indexing. Though if your sole motto is to let your site index in no time, here is a quick guide : How to index your site in 24 hours.
I’m not adding those directories or sites, which asks you to place a link back to verify the site ownership, as it will be considered as two way link exchange. Though, there are few directories which are quite useful and you may consider adding the link for a day or two just for the verification.
Many of these sites like Alltop requires you to have feed on your blog, so I recommend you to burn your feed using Feedburner before you get started.
Google Webmaster tool:
This is official tool by Google, where you can not only add your Website but also submit your sitemap to Google. This will ensure, Google will quickly crawl all your links and index them. More over, GWT works as free SEO tool for your website. You can apply various SEO techniques using GWT data.
Bing Webmaster tool:
Official Webmaster tool by Bing, and like Google tool, submitting your blog to this place will ensure your site is visible in Bing. Learn how to submit website to bing webmaster tools, and how to use bing webmaster tool.
I’m sure many of you might not see Alexa as a credible source of ranking information and we have already discussed about this. Though, I always find alexa reporting to be useful and close to accuracy and more over, it’s a useful place to find Keywords. We will talk about it soon in another article, but yes, you can refer to my earlier guide on How to submit Website to Alexa.
Twitter is one of the famous micro-blogging and social networking site. I already discussed why your Website needs an official Twitter account and having a profile on Twitter for your blog, will help you to get a free link. Though it will no follow, but again it’s very useful for blog branding. Learn how to create Twitter profile.
This is actually a site to measure your blog backlink and a free account will let you monitor one complete site. Simply go ahead, register a free account and under reports > add new domain. Add your blog and verify your ownership. Now, ahrefs will help you to keep a track of links to your site. Very useful if you really understand the importance of backlinks. Link: Ahrefs
Not a typical place to submit your blog but very useful to keep a track of your site stats and best part is it’s free stats tool by Google. Highly recommended for a new site to add GA on your blog. Read: What is Google analytics?
Blogcatalog is one of my favorite Web directory to submit a Website. They manually accept or reject a blog submission, so make sure your site have enough content before you submit here. Also, while adding your blog, take care of proper category. Link: BC
Not for new blogs, but if you have a quality blog, make sure you add your blog to Alltop. Very useful for giving good exposure to your site. Requires you to create a free account before submission. Link to submit
Pinterest is a popular image based social networking site. When you submit your blog to Pinterest, and verify your profile, you earn a free high quality backlink. More over, it will help in improving your brand online presence. Join Pinterest.
IMT Website submitter:
This is an online tool, which submit your Website to over 3000 places. For example, sites which stores site analytics, site price and so on. Those links might not be very high quality, but it will help in quick indexing, and improving backlink profile of your blog. Link
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This is a quick list for now, and I will keep updating the list with time. For now, I hope this list will be helpful for your new blog to get started online. If you know more Websites, which will be useful for any new blog, and we should submit our blog there, let me know via comments.