HotBot Search Engine - Submission tips and advices
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     General Suggestions:

  • As of December 4th, 1999 up to 67 character domain names can now be purchased versus 23 character domains. This can significantly increase the number of Keywords you can include in a domain name and thereby increase your rankings for those Keywords.

  • Your ranking and the ranking of other sites may be influenced by the link "popularity" of the site. This is determined by how many OTHER Web sites link to your own. The more sites that you can get to link to you, the better! HotBot favors freshly submitted pages. Therefore, submit your key pages to be submitted at least once per week, but no more than once per day.

  • HotBot rankings are currently influenced by their Direct Hit technology ( which tracks the number of visitors to a site AND how long they stayed before returning to the search engine. Therefore, if visitors are clicking your listing often and staying a while on your site, your ranking will go up. The best thing you can do is to write a compelling Meta Description for your page and make sure the content of your site is interesting and appealing.

  • Obtaining a domain name with your Keyword in it may significantly affect your score on HotBot. Including the Keyword in a sub-directory name or page name can also help, although not as much. Separate multiple words by dashes, underscores, or slashes in the case of sub-directories. Consider purchasing a secondary domain name for this purpose if ranking well on HotBot is important to you.

  • Instead of favoring Title tags like most engines, HotBot is known to favor pages with many Keywords in the Link Text and HYPERLINK Url areas.

  • Along with using your Keyword at the top of the page, you might consider using your Keyword at least once near the bottom of your page in the Body area. This can help convey an overall "theme" to the page and may improve your score. Since plurals are not recognized as being synonymous by HotBot, try to use the plural form of the Keyword in addition to the singular form when possible to capture more potential traffic.

  • HotBot is believed to be case sensitive. If you are not already doing so, consider using upper, lower, and proper case versions of your most important Keywords to increase traffic.

    Suggestions for making your page conform closer to the statistical averages
    for top ranking pages (data vary with number of search keywords):

* The keyword frequencies means the number of times ANY of the words in the keyword phrase appear on the page, DIVIDED by the number of words in the phrase.
  • A keyword frequency of 1 is suggested for the Title area.
  • A word count from 5 to 8 is suggested for the Title area.
  • A keyword prominence of at least 47% is suggested for the Title area.
  • A keyword frequency from 1 to 4 is suggested for the Hyperlink Url area.
  • A keyword frequency from 1 to 13 is suggested for the Body Text area.
  • A word count from 326 to 536 is suggested for the Body Text area.
  • A keyword prominence of at least 39% is suggested for the Body Text area.
  • A total frequency from 3 to 18 is suggested for the page as a whole.
  • A total word count from 303 to 599 is suggested for the page as a whole.
  • Note: HotBot may penalize for having too many Keywords. That's why some areas may recommend zero Keywords.

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Submit your page for Free Webpage Review and beside general data as presented above, you will receive specific advice regarding your page and how to change it to conform with the SE's ranking and indexing rules.

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