Submit Your Website to Search Engines But Which Ones?

Submit Your Website to Search Engines

There are a large number of sites out there that will claim to submit your website to tens of thousands of search engines for a few dollars.

Really? Submit your website to 10,000’s of search engines?

Sound’s great doesn’t it, almost too good to be true? A few dollars to submit your website to all these search engines? Web traffic will go through the roof!

Yeah you guessed it, it is basically a scam.

Where should you submit your website?

The only search engines you realistically need to submit your website to are the following:

  • Google
  • Bing/Yahoo
  • Yandex

Approximately 98% of all search engine traffic comes from a combination of these big three search engines. That means that just 2% of web traffic is left for the rest of the search engines.

If you take the figure of one of these website submission companies that will submit your website to 10,000 search engines, that means you are getting, each for search engine they submit to, just 0.0002% of the search coverage available. Even for a few dollars, is it worth it?

So how do you submit your website to the big three?

It is surprisingly simple to get your website out there and have potential visitors find your website when carrying out searches.

So after reading the search engine statistics above, you now know that it is not worth paying someone or some company to submit your website to a whole bunch of pointless search engines. You just need to go ahead and get your site onto the big three. But how?

Create a Sitemap

Creating a sitemap is critical. If you are using WordPress, there is a good chance that you are using Yoast SEO. If you are not, get it installed as it is the best SEO plugin available in my own humble opinion.

What I’m getting at is that Yoast SEO will automatically create your sitemap for you. You can then use that sitemap and submit it to the big three search engines.

But, what if you do not want to use Yoast SEO or your website is not using a WordPress platform?

Well, then in that case, life is a little more difficult. However, there are plenty of websites out there that will automatically create your sitemap for you. Here are just a few:

So once you have your sitemap XML, you are ready to get going and start the submission process to Google, Bing and Yandex.

Submit your website to Google

The first thing you are going to need is a Google account. As this is Google and not Big Bad John’s Search Engine, I’m going to assume that you already have a Google account so we will move on.

Head over to the Google Webmaster Tools website and click the option to sign in. Once you have signed in you should click on the Add a Property button in the top right of the page:

Click on Add A Property

A pop-up will appear and you should then enter your website address and click the Add button:

Submit your website to Google Webmaster Tools

Verify your Website

This will then take you to the verification area where you will have to prove that you own the site that you are trying to submit.

Go ahead and choose an option that best suits your site and complete the verification process.

Submit your Sitemap

Once you are fully verified, you can now browse through the options and features within the Google Search Console. But what you need to do now is to submit your sitemap so that GoogleBot can find your website and crawl all your pages.

To do this, click on Crawl and then Sitemaps from the left side menu:

Google Search Console Sitemaps Menu

This will then take you into the sitemap area of your Google Search Console. At the top right of the page, you will see an Add/Test Sitemap button.

Google Search Console Add or Test Sitemap

You then need to enter your sitemaps URL. The first part of the mail URL will be pre-populated so you just need to enter the name of your sitemap and click the Submit button:

Google Search Console Enter Sitemap Details

Then that is pretty much all you need to do. The GoogleBot will then follow your sitemap and crawl your site. Give it a few days and your site will start appearing on Google search results.

Submit your website to Bing

So you have submitted your site to Google and now its time to move onto your sites submission to Bing.

As with Google, you will need a Microsoft, Facebook or Google account to login to the Bing Webmaster Tools website. Once you have logged in, it will take you straight to the Bing Search Console. At the top left of the page, you will see the Add a Site section:

Bing Webmaster Tools Add a Site

Enter your website URL and click on the Add button. This will then take you to the next page where you need to enter your sitemap URL:

Bing Search Console Submit URL

If you want to, you can select from the drop down regarding when you receive your most amount of traffic in the day. Once you are happy with the settings you have selected, click on the Add button.

Verify your website

This will then take you to the verification page. This is similar to what you carried out on the Google verification. Choose the best option for you and complete the process.

You will then see that your sitemap is now pending:

Bing Search Console Sitemap Pending

The BingBot will then go out and crawl your website and all its pages within your sitemap.

Submit your website to Yandex

You will have now submitted your website to two of the big three search engines. This leaves you with the final one – Yandex.

This is a Russian search engine and one of the biggest technology companies in Russia. This exposes your website to a whole new market area, not just in Russia, but in countries like Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltic countries.

Yandex is also the forth largest search engine in the world, only behind Google, Baidu (Chinese search engine) and Bing. In case you are wondering why we have not included Baidu in this guide, it is because it is all in Chinese and we can’t work it out! But if you do understand Chinese, you should go ahead and add your website to that search engine too.

So let’s move on to getting your website submitted to the Yandex search engine.

As with the other search engines, you will need to login to the Yandex Webmaster Tools site. Once logged in, at the top left of the screen you will see the option to add a site:

Yandex Webmaster add a site

Click on the + button to go ahead and start the process to add your site. You will then hit a page asking you to enter your website URL:

Yandex Webmaster enter URL

Once you have entered your websites URL, go ahead and click on the Add button.

Verify your website

Like with Google and Bing, you will need to verify that you own the website that you are trying to add. You have three options to do this; meta tag, HTML file or DNS record.

Submit your sitemap

Once you have verified your website, you should then click Indexing then Sitemap files on the menu on the left hand side. Then add the full URL of your sitemap into the text box and click on the Add button:

Yandex Search Console Add a sitemap

This will then submit your sitemap to Yandex and the YandexBot will carry out a crawl of your website just like the GoogleBot and BingBot.

Yandex Search Console Processing Sitemap

Conclusion

That is about all you have to do. Now you wait for the various search bots to crawl your website and get added to their search results. This should not take very long and you should see your website gaining traffic from these search engines within a week.

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Social Media for TechyGeeksHome

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Google Chrome MSI Installer Version 68.0.3440.75

Google Chrome version 68.0.3440.75

Do you want the Google Chrome MSI Installer to use with systems like SCCM, WDS, Group Policy or SCUP? If the answer is yes, then take a quick read of our guide below.

Google have pushed out another update to their Chrome browser, taking it up to version 68.0.3440.75.

If you are looking to mass deploy Google Chrome, or at the very least keep it up to date, then you can control the deployment by using the official MSI installer that Google provide. This way, you can publish the latest version through your Software Center if you are using SCCM or push it straight out using Group Policy.

You can now download the Google Chrome MSI installer direct from Google using the link below.

Download

Download Google Chrome MSI Installer

Versions

There are now a number of different versions of Google Chrome for various platforms. All the below are available from the link above.

Latest Releases

Type Version Size
Chrome MSI for Windows 64-bit
68.0.3440.75 50.3 MB
Chrome MSI for Windows 32-bit
68.0.3440.75 46.3 MB
Chrome DMG for OS X
68.0.3440.75 62.2 MB

Beta Releases

Type Version Size
Chrome Beta MSI (64-bit)
68.0.3440.68 50.3 MB
Chrome Beta MSI (32-bit)
68.0.3440.68 46.3 MB

ADMX Files

Type Size
Chrome ADM/ADMX Templates
13.1 MB

Chrome Updater ADMX Templates

Type Size
Google Updater ADM Template Update
403 KB
Google Updater ADMX Template Update
21 KB

Instructions

If you are pushing this out in your corporate environment, you will want to use the silent installer switches, so this is the command line that you should use for this:

msiexec.exe /i “GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi” /q /norestart

This means it will install quietly (using the /q switch) and will not reboot automatically (using the /norestart) switch.

You can also use the /qb+ switch to show a basic UI.

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Ultimate Settings Panel Now on GitHub

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Ultimate Settings Panel was a C# learning project started a number of years ago, just something very basic for me to get to learn the ins and outs of Visual Studio and C#.

Since then, I have continued to develop and update the utility as it unexpectedly became more popular. To this day, between direct downloads on our own site here and downloads through software distribution sites like MajorGeeks (over 65,000 downloads) and Softpedia, Ultimate Settings Panel now has over approximately 250,000 downloads.

Keeping it up to date

I have tried to keep up to date with what people have been requesting to add to Ultimate Settings Panel, especially with the introduction of savable themes and colour schemes. However, the time has come to let go of Ultimate Settings Panel and allow C# developers a lot better than myself to take over.

I just do not have the spare time like I used to, to be able to spend any length of time adding new features to Ultimate Settings Panel or keeping it up to date. I do not want to just let it die though, so having been asked for the source code for years and refusing to give it out, I’ve now decided that the time is right to make the source code publicly available and hope that others can take it on and make it a better product.

Requested Features

Over time, I have been asked to include a number of new features to Ultimate Settings Panel. Some I have managed to include, but others I’ve not. Below are a few requests that I have had from people over time, hopefully the GitHub community can get these features added:

  • Drag and drop tabs – the ability to be able to move the tabbed panels around to whichever order the user would like
  • Hide tabs – the ability to hide tabs that are not required by the user
  • New tabs – the ability to add new tabs and drag buttons from existing tabs to it – effectively creating a customised tab for the user
  • Portable version of Ultimate Settings Panel

If you have any ideas for new features that you would like to be added to Ultimate Settings Panel, then please leave us a comment below in the comments section and I can get it added as a requested featured on the GitHub repository page.

GitHub

No that I have decided to hand over the source code for Ultimate Settings Panel, I thought that the only correct place to put it would be GitHub. If you are not familiar with GitHub, it is like a developer social network where people share source code, ideas and can make amendments to code all with source control included. It is the best and safest place to put the source code.

I will be adding some other programs’ source code that I have developed over the years to GitHub soon so you should also look out for them on my GitHub profile available here.  But for now, you can get access to Ultimate Settings Panel source code and updates on it’s GitHub repository available here.

The Future

I hope that the program will continue to evolve and provides some people with a little help. Over the years I’ve had abuse from random internet keyboard warriors about releasing such a simple program (why bother downloading it then?) but I have also had many emails from older people and people who are not technically minded who have found it incredibly useful to them, so there is a market for it.

I’m looking forward to what it may become, thanks for reading.

How To Save Money When You’re A Gamer

Gaming equipment

Gaming can be an extremely expensive hobby if you don’t pay attention to how you are purchasing and utilizing your equipment and games. If you shop smart and play smart, the price of gaming goes down, and the worth of your hobby goes way up! It is important to use some simple tips and tricks when shopping for your gaming hobbies in order to make it all worth it in the end. Check out these simple ways to save money if you are a true gamer who loves the hobby enough to stay committed.

Buy Used Games

Okay, so this tip seems simple enough, right? If you want to save money as a gamer, you should buy used games, as they are priced lower than brand new games. That much is obvious. What’s not so obvious is how to do this correctly so that you get the most out of your used games.

Most of the time, the best way to buy used games is from a used games retailer. These are local stores or national chains where gamers go and sell their used games for cash or store credit. Here you can go in, pick out a used game you would like to buy, and buy it for a markup. The retailer acts as a middleman who protects you, the consumer, by ensuring that the used game you are buying is both authentic and still playable. It’s important to note that you should still always be cautious when purchasing used games, even from a retailer, because mistakes can be made and you never know when you might end up with a scratched or damaged game. So always pay close attention before you purchase the used game.

Another way to buy used games for less money is to buy directly from the owner of the game through online trading sites. These sites can be shipping sites or meet in person sites where you can examine the used game to ensure there are no scratches and no damage to the game itself. One major issue with buying used games through these types of sources is that people can often sell fake or inauthentic versions of games without the buyer knowing until it is far too late. So be cautious when dealing with direct owner to buyer situations. Use your intuition and caution before officially making any sort of purchase in these scenarios.

Using Vouchers To Get Deals On Games

One of the best ways to save money when you are a gamer is using vouchers to get deals on games. Keeping an eye out for vouchers and coupons can keep your gaming hobby price way down and keep you playing the latest and greatest games without breaking the bank. Vouchers and coupons can be found from manufacturers, retailers, console creators, game producers and more! Always keep your eyes and ears peeled for special deals on upcoming releases like fresh games or new and exclusive versions of your favorite consoles. Keeping your ear to the street for vouchers and coupons will keep you one step ahead when it comes to saving cash on gaming. This is the way that true gamers keep their hobby afloat without overspending on the things they want the most.

Sell Your Old Games and Gear

On the reverse side of saving money is making money. A penny saved is a penny earned, but a penny earned is also a penny saved. Find games from your collection that you just don’t play anymore or don’t care to play again and find a channel in which to sell it for cash or store credit. You can also do this with your favorite games you’ve played and replayed from last year or the year before when you feel like switching your games up. This way you can take the games and gear that you’re no longer using or interested in and turn them into new and fresh games and gear that you’re excited about. Additionally, you can seek to collect old console, gear, and games to sell in a big bundle that might get you a larger amount of money than selling your games and gear right after you’re done with them. Just be sure to store them carefully as electronics can be fragile. Some tips are to keep the original boxes, clean everything, and keep them somewhere dry and cool. This will keep your gaming hobby going by recycling the old and replenishing the new. If there is not enough money , you can always try your luck on the online casino real money website.

In Conclusion

So what have we learned? If you want to save money as a gamer, you’ve got to think outside the box. Buying used games is a wonderful way to save a little bit of cash. Using vouchers to get deals on games is always a win. And selling your old games and gear can create a recycling loop to keep you in the game at all times. Just remember, gaming doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby!

References:

PlusVoucherCode.co.uk/

WellKeptWallet.com

DigitalTrends.com

AllStorageOnline.com

Java 8 Update 181 MSI Installers and Offline Installers Released

Java MSI

Java released version 8 update 181 of their client this week and we have now extracted and uploaded the offline and MSI versions for you to download.

Having the ability to use MSI installers is much easier when it comes to deployment to a large number of computers. You can use these installers with deployment tools like Group Policy or Configuration Manager.

The versions that are included in the download package are:

  • Java 8 Update 181 x86 MSI Installer
  • Java 8 Update 181 x64 MSI Installer
  • Java 8 Update 181 x86 Offline Installer
  • Java 8 Update 181 x64 Offline Installer

You can go and download the new installer package by clicking the button below which will take you to the download page.

Download

Java 8 Update 181

Instructions

Full instructions on how to use the offline and MSI installers for mass distribution are also available by clicking here.

Archive

If you are looking for older versions of Java clients, then you can click here to take a look at our full MSI and Offline Installers archive.

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Enable Windows Task Scheduler History

Enable Windows Task Scheduler History

If you have any tasks running through your Windows Task Scheduler, then you may notice an issue where the history of any of the tasks that have been setup, is not being shown. You will also see that the last status code is 0x0 which means that the task is actually running and completing successfully.

Task Scheduler History Disabled Option
Task Scheduler History Disabled Option

So why is there no history?

The reason that there is no history showing is that you have to enable it for Task Scheduler. To do this, you have two options; enabling using the Windows GUI or running a command line. If you are in a corporate environment and want to enable the Task Scheduler history on multiple machines, then the command line method will be useful to you for using with Group Policy or Configuration Manager.

Set Task Scheduler History Using Windows GUI

  1. Open an elevated Task Scheduler (right-click on the Task Scheduler icon and choose Run as administrator)
  2. In the Actions pane (right pane, not the actions tab), click Enable All Tasks History
Enable Task Scheduler History
Enable Task Scheduler History

Video Guide

Set Task Secheduler History Using a Command Line

  1. Open an elevated Task Scheduler (right-click on the Task Scheduler icon and choose Run as administrator)
  2. Run the following command:
wevtutil set-log Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Operational /enabled:true
Task Scheduler Enable History using Command Line
Task Scheduler Enable History using Command Line

Task Scheduler Commands

Below are some other commands you can also run in an elevated Command Prompt to check the status of your tasks.

Check current state of Task Scheduler

wevtutil get-log Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Operational

Keystroke-averse – abbreviated versions

wevtutil sl Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Operational /e:true
wevtutil gl Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Operational

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Technological Tools for Smart Startup Management

Technological Tools

Start-up businesses face their fair share of challenges. They are required to break into existing markets, encourage new customers to try their service, and manage the highs and lows with business with little experience or expertise. On the other hand, they are able to implement the newest technologies while existing businesses have a hard time … Read more

Broken Microsoft Update – KB4338818

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You may have installed Microsoft Update KB4338818 during Patch Tuesday and now your Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 is broken right? Maybe even some Windows 7 machines?

Well guess what? You are not the only one!

Yes, Microsoft have done it yet again, released a dirty update that this time hits your Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 machines and Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 machines.

To be exact, KB4338818 causes a problem with your Network Interface Controller (NIC), whereas after applying the update, the card stops working in Windows!

The official information from Microsoft is below.

Known issues in this update (KB4338818)

Symptom Workaround
There is an issue with Windows and third-party software related to a missing file (oem<number>.inf). Because of this issue, after you apply this update, the network interface controller will stop working.
  1. To locate the network device, launch devmgmt.msc; it may appear under Other Devices.
  2. To automatically rediscover the NIC and install drivers, select Scan for Hardware Changes from the Action menu.

a. Alternatively, install the drivers for the network device by right-clicking the device and selecting Update. Then select Search automatically for updated driver software or Browse my computer for driver software.

Microsoft have given their above “Workarounds” but none of these worked for us.

So, if you are still experiencing any weird issues with your machines, take a stab at removing these and see if it helps.

How to Remove Problem Updates

If you need some guidance on what to do to remove these or any other updates, be it on a single machine or mass corporation remove, take a look at this post as we have added some instructions towards the end of the post that you may find helpful.

Who knows, in the future far, far away, we may be able to go a week without Microsoft releasing a dodgy update!

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Adobe Flash Player MSI Installers Package v30.0.0.134

Adobe Flash Player MSI Package

Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 30.0.0.134.

As always, you can download the executable file but if you want the MSI files so that you can load it into your Configuration Manager Software Catalog or deploy via Group Policy, then you can download them from our site right here.

The update is also now available to import through System Center Update Publisher (SCUP) so you can inject it into your WSUS or Configuration Manager systems.

You can the download the MSI installers for Adobe Flash (ActiveX, Plugin, PPAPI) by clicking the button link below:

Download

Download Flash Player MSI Package

Instructions

If you are unfamiliar with MSI silent installations, you can use the parameters as per below to push out a variety of different installations – great for Group Policy or Configuration Manager push outs.

If you want to run the MSI installers as completely silent, then you can use the following command:

msiexec.exe /i “MSIinstaller.msi” /q /norestart

If you want to run the MSI installers as automated but displayed to the end user, then you can use the following command:

msiexec.exe /i “MSIinstaller.msi” /passive /norestart

where:

  • msiexec.exe – this starts the MSI installer engine
  • /i – this tells the msiexec.exe to run an install
  • “MSIinstaller.msi” – filename of the MSI installer
  • /q – tells the msiexec.exe to run as silent
  • /passive – tells the msiexec.exe to run as automated but display to end user
  • /norestart – tells the msiexec.exe to not allow an automatic restart after installation completion

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