of the most important things that you need to do, after completing the
website, is submission to popular directories. Directories differ from
search engines, in that the former are human edited. Two most important
human edited directories are ODP (dmoz.org) and Yahoo (yahoo.com). ODP submission is likely to take quite a lot
of time, anywhere between 2 weeks to 8 weeks. ODP (Open Directory Project)
does not charge for submission or inclusion. Yahoo business site submission
costs about US$300 per year. Yahoo also accepts free submissions,
provided that the website is non commercial. It is important to remember
not to submit often, as this might be regarded as spam, and your site may
not be reviewed at all for inclusion. There are several other less known
directories, such as zeal.com which are worth submitting. Note that
zeal.com requires that the submitter pass a qualifying test!
As on November 2011, Google has stopped showing the Google directory entries,
and considerably reduced the importance of directories listings. It may be
worthwhile to submit only to a handful of useful and popular directories rather
than to submit to the entire list of directories.