Note: At SelfPromotion.com, we make a distinction between a Search Engine (a site like Altavista which has a robot that visits your page and looks at it) and an Index (a site like Yahoo that lists a description of your site that you provide to it when you submit). The rule of thumb is: you can submit your home page URL (and sub-URLs if you want) to the Search Engines as many times as you want, within reason (Dad's rule is "Once every month or two, whether they need it or not"), but you submit just your home page URL to the Indexes, and only once (unless it doesn't get in). You don't submit sub-pages to the Indexes. Oh, and by the way, one cute extra feature contributors get is an option to automatically resubmit their urls to the search engines every 45 days.After being advised of this, James clicks on the PROMOTE button and proceeds to the Site Selection page.
Note: The reason the site asks you if your URL is available in a "domain-only" format is that some search engines and indexes only list sites with their own domain name, while other sites and search engines require full URLs including filenames. By getting your URL in several formats, Tooter, the SelfPromotion.com robot, can give each site what it needs.
Upon being told this awful pun, James gave out the obligatory groan, by the way...
Also note that, due to a bug in some browsers, you shouldn't click on these links until the page has completely loaded! Another reason to just ignore them!
http://www.geocities.com/tokyo/springs/9162Bizarre, isn't it? And bad because around the 3rd redirect, many of the search engines will have given up on the URL.
Thus, unless SelfPromotion.com can do a submission for you better than you can, or faster than you can (or both!), it won't do it. Instead, the site contains lots of advice on how to properly submit to these sites, explanations of their quirks, and so on.James clicks on the sites that are appropriate for automatic submission, and proceeds to the Data Entry page once more. There he finds that some of the new fields he needs to enter (variants of his URL and name with limited lengths) have been automatically filled in for him. He also finds some advice on how to construct good site descriptions, which he finds helpful.
And remember, you promised you'd check out that page and submit to Yahoo properly. The guilt will gnaw at you until you do, so go do it now!
For the sake of the tutorial, James will skip that step, however...