In fact, you can be deleted as a spammer from a search engine by using some of the "we'll submit you every minute to 9000 search engines" companies out there.
Google has a whole section of webmaster tools to help you make sure your pages and your sitemap are valid. They can help both the beginner and the advanced website creator. Bing has something similar. At each of these, you can submit your site for crawling and run various tests on it.
Social sites are sites where people communicate with one another. Most allow you to link to your own website.
Encourage your customers to write reviews of your business. Don't be shy about asking. If your customers have had a good experience patronizing you, they'll probably be glad to write you up. Some businesses offer incentives to customers who review them on Yelp or "Like" their page on Facebook.
Angieslist.com is another of those sites that offers reviews of local businesses. You can't apply directly for a listing. Your friends, relatives and good customers must write reviews about you.
To make sure your business is listed, first go to Google Local and type in the name of your Put your business on Google Maps". You may have to sign up first for a Google Plus account, but that's good. It's a social site like Facebook, and you get free email if you want it.
There are dozens of other sites like Google Local and Yelp that list local establishments. If you
There are some directories that are human-administered. You DO have to submit to these. They're set up by category and are used by search engines because they weed out spam websites. Traffic can come from the directory itself, or from the search engines that crawl and collect data from directories.
Other leading directories, offering both free and paid links, are
Since the links are approved by humans, it will take a while to get your site approved. If your business is in the UK, you should definitely list on the UK Business Directory, which has good web visibility.
There are hundreds of directories. Most of them will NOT help you. Just submit to a few of the best, like the ones listed above.
There are a few worthwhile directories that will list you in return for a reciprocal link, such as
Once you have submitted your website, you can check how your site measures up in the 3 biggest search engines with this free tool.