How to Add My Site to Lycos


In the early days of the World Wide Web, you could submit your website to Lycos and a week or two later, it would show up in the Lycos search engine results. Unfortunately, Lycos no longer uses its own search engine or has a procedure for submitting URLs to its Web crawler. There is a workaround for this, however. You can submit your website URL to the Teoma/Ask search bot, which is the Web crawler Lycos uses. This should speed up the process of having your site represented in search results on Lycos.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • Website
  • Sitemap in XML format
  • Sitemap generation program (optional)
  • Robot.txt file
  • Create a sitemap for your website listing every page on your site in XML format. A sitemap is a file placed in your website's root directory that tells Web crawlers how to locate the content on your site. You can use a free sitemap generator such as those provided by GSiteCrawler and to create this file for you (see the Resources section below for links to these free tools.)

  • Direct Web crawlers to your sitemap by adding the following line of text to your robots.txt file which is located in the root directory of your Web server.

    SITEMAP: http://yoursitemap.xml

    Change "yoursitemap.xml" to the actual URL of your sitemap and make sure the file has the required ".xml" extension.

  • Submit your sitemap URL to Ask by opening your Web browser and navigating to the following URL (replace "yoursitemap" with the full URL of your sitemap):

Tips & Warnings

  • If this seems like too much work, you can simply wait for the Teoma/Ask crawler to discover your website, which should happen eventually.
  • Making your website as search-engine friendly as possible will speed up the process of having your content indexed by Lycos.
  • Submitting your sitemap URL to Ask does not guarantee it will be indexed; however, it does improve your chances and may result in your website showing up in search results on Lycos sooner rather than later.

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