Your first pages are up and
Your next steps:
- Now that you've uploaded for the first time, you want to make sure
that your website gets listed in all the right places so that everyone
can access your site and you can hopefully connect with new cousins!
- Your new pages should be listed automatically in the
FreePages directory within
24 hours (usually overnight) of your first upload to whichever directory/community you
loaded your website. It will be listed under whatever you
put in the Title
Tag on your index page. If you don't find it
where you thought it would be, check your Title Tag to make sure
it's correct. (If your title tag reads "Home Page of .....", you'd find it
under Home!) If you need to change your page title, see my Title
- There are other places at RootsWeb you may want to list your
page - your website will be about more than just the title of your
site. For others to find your website easily, consider
registering at the following:
- Surname, County and State Sites - You can add your site
as a link under a specific surname, county and/or state.
Enter your website on as many pertinent areas as you
want, not just once. Then, when someone is looking for
resources for a specific area or surname, your website will show
as a resource. For instance, I registered my website as
pertinent to Allen County, Ohio and you can see it on the
Allen County resource page.
click here to go to the place
to register your Surname, County, or State resource, which will
then be available through the
Websites at RootsWeb resource
page for everyone to see. (NOTE: The description
must be very brief and to the point or it will be chopped off,
so make it very specific)
- Rootsweb Surname List (RSL) - This really doesn't have
anything to do with your website, but you can also register your
many surnames on the Rootsweb Surname List to let individuals
know that they can contact you about those names. Again,
register as many names as you
- You will want to publicize your website elsewhere also.
- You may want to register your site and/or surnames at other
genealogy link sites. Here are a few suggestions, but there
are a lot more places on the net to consider:
- Registration form allows you to submit your site to six
different places from one page.
I Found It! - A genealogy surname
GENWEB Project - Most
states have a query or surname registry. Add your surnames and
Cyndi's List - The premier
genealogy link on the internet!
- It sometimes takes at least
a couple weeks before you'll see your site if you search for your
surname on the search engines. To help speed up the process,
some search sites offer a way to register your website for them to
add. Go to the search site you want to "find" your page,
look for a link called something like "add site" and follow the
instructions. A lot of the links to the major search sites
and site addition pages are listed on
James Keebaugh's search site page. For more information
about ways to publicize your site, check out
Publicizing Your Site (Without Irritating
Everyone on the Net)
NOTE: Make sure that you put the appropriate
(keyword, description, etc) on your site to help it get "seen" by
the search engines outside RootsWeb - Google, Alta Vista, Yahoo,
- It also helps to have links to your site from other places
with similar interests where visitors to those sites might be
interested in visiting yours. As you make connections with
others who have websites, or come across places that list
genealogy websites, share your site with them and ask for a link.
- Next you're ready to add
to your website. Go back and look at your
design plan and figure
out what you want to work on next.
- Whether you're done designing your site or you're moving on to add and improve it, you still
need to set up a regular maintenance schedule. At a minimum,
plan to do a quick once-over of your site every six months, including:
- Removing any outdated information.
- Updating with any new information.
- Checking that your links still work correctly.
Nothing turns visitors off more than going to a website that
has been neglected and contains outdated information and bad links.
You own a piece of the internet - keep your property maintained
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