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In existence since 1995, AltaVista is the longest running spidering search engine. Although nowhere near as popular as it once was, AltaVista still boasts an impressive database. AltaVista offers a free URL listing service, but indexing may take from 4 to 6 weeks.

At the time of writing AltaVista appears to penalize pages submitted through their free search engine registration option but even these pages will usually get indexed or added to their database and climb eventually. AltaVista also offers a paid inclusion service for rapid inclusion in the index. See costs below.

Key Information:

Type of Search Engine: Crawler based index
What Pages to Submit: Your home page and a couple of interior pages
Free URL Submissions:
Wait Time Until Indexed: 4 to 6 weeks
Paid URL Submissions: No longer available
Economical search engine optimization services
Paid Inclusion Costs: 1 URL - $39
2~10 URL's - $29
11~500 URL's - $19
Wait Time Until Indexed: No specified time - usually within 48 hours plus daily reindexing of pages