UPDATE (9/25/2013): I no longer recommend Attracta. Although the free version is harmless, I’ve heard multiple complaints about people using the paid service. My gut says that although they may be decent (and better than many shady SEO firms), they’re still unnecessary.
Keep your site clean; you don’t need page after page of directory listings to succeed. Instead, you can always hire a specialized, fully reviewed firm, focus on backlinks, get your sitemaps set up, create quality content, guest blog, and promote yourself on social media and elsewhere.
Friends and lovers, I want to share one of my most cherished features of cPanel with you. Why? Because I love you. Truly, madly, deeply.
What is this feature? Attracta
What does it do? Blow minds on a daily basis.
Let’s discuss. Hey, I’ll even show you how to set it up below with pictures and everything!
Essentially, Attracta is a “search visibility technology.” It exists to make sure you are seen by the search engines the right way, which requires a little bit of work at the beginning and mere maintenance later on.
I’m sure that the program is offered for free through cPanel (at least through my HostGator account) with the hopes of converting you to a paid user in the future. Personally, I’ve yet to use their other services, and am completely happy with what I get for free.
What you do:
1. “Get in Google”
This allows you to submit a sitemap to Google, a key step towards increasing web traffic from the holiest of all search engines.
2. “Link Building”
Once set up, you don’t have to change this setting unless your answers change. You create up to 3 backlinks, and maintain a consistent directory posting.
3. “Google Blacklist Check”
As the title says, this is where you can see whether or not you’ve made Google’s hitlist. I mean blacklist. I’ve never had this problem, but just imagine how nice it is to be able to push and button and know whether or not you’ve made them mad. Relationships would be much, much better with a tool like this!
4. “See Your New Listings”
Once you’ve checked everything out, you can submit your listings to the big four: Google, Ask, Bing, and Yahoo. Sweet!
Your Attracta score is either 25, 50, 75, or 100. It is very easy to see when you need to update your listings. Usually, you should go in an update once a week. If you don’t, Attracta will send you a slightly passive aggressive email that starts with something like, “We wouldn’t be sending this email if you could get your act together!” I’m pretty sure that’s not exactly how they say it, but whatever.
Really, I do everything I can to punch my self-hosting friends and clients in the face to take advantage of this otherwise paid service. It takes just a few minutes, and I noticed an immediate jump in traffic when I first signed up for it. So, DO IT. You already have it. You already paid for it. SIGN UP.
How to Link Your Site to Attracta
To do so, sign into cPanel.
And there you go! Fill out the boxes after step 3, and your site listing will always look like step 4.
Have you used Attracta? If not, do you submit sitemaps? Why? Where? Let’s talk!