In addition, if you submitted a site to a search engine manually, but then didn’t get quality backlinks to that site, then you probably wouldn’t be listed very high in the search results, even though you may actually be listed there, despite having no referral links. Also I should have said in my last message that bad backlinks can hurt your site perhaps even more than good backlinks can help it. For example if you have a link coming from some known spam site or link farm (a page meant to do nothing but have links on it) then it will, instead of increasing your pagerank, decrease it. So be warey of that. Cheers, -Michael. From: Katherine Moss Sent: Monday, September 05, 2011 6:04 PM To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: RE: advice on Search Engine Optimization What do you mean by quality backlinks? This concept is very new to me, and I’m trying to get good search engine optimization without paying thousands and thousands of dollars for it. I know that there are ways to manually do it, and so that is what I am trying to do. From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Michael Taboada Sent: Monday, September 05, 2011 6:57 PM To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Re: advice on Search Engine Optimization Hi, I don’t know what you mean by “webmaster tools is not accessible".” I have used them to track links to my sites, etc for a while now and they’re quite accessible (unless something has changed recently). The only things that are (obviously) not accessible are things like graphs. There are just a few querks that can be worked around for example to add a site you have to route the jaws cursor to the pc cursor (assuming you’re using jaws) and then click on it, but that’s not hard to deal with, at least for me. And on the topic of being indexed by the search engines, you could add your site, but any good site with quality backlinks should get indexed without having to manually add it. Hth, -Michael. From: Katherine Moss Sent: Monday, September 05, 2011 12:00 PM To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: advice on Search Engine Optimization Hello all, I realize now that I should take back what I said about Google and their web master tools being accessible. They’re not. I’ll tell you that right now. So what I am wondering is does anyone have any advice on how I can get my site indexed by the search engines if I cannot add it to them? (I know that using sighted assistance is always an option, but I would rather avoid that since I need someone who knows what they are doing). Thanks.