How to Add My Site to Lycos

by Scott Knickelbine
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In the early days of the World Wide Web, you could submit your website to Lycos and a week or two later, it would show up in the Lycos search engine results. Unfortunately, Lycos no longer uses its own search engine or has a procedure for submitting URLs to its Web crawler. There is a workaround for this, however. You can submit your website URL to the Teoma/Ask search bot, which is the Web crawler Lycos uses. This should speed up the process of having your site represented in search results on Lycos.

Step 1

Create a sitemap for your website listing every page on your site in XML format. A sitemap is a file placed in your website's root directory that tells Web crawlers how to locate the content on your site. You can use a free sitemap generator such as those provided by GSiteCrawler and AuditMyPC.com to create this file for you (see the Resources section below for links to these free tools.)

Step 2

Direct Web crawlers to your sitemap by adding the following line of text to your robots.txt file which is located in the root directory of your Web server. SITEMAP: http://yoursitemap.xml Change "yoursitemap.xml" to the actual URL of your sitemap and make sure the file has the required ".xml" extension.

Submit your sitemap URL to Ask by opening your Web browser and navigating to the following URL (replace "yoursitemap" with the full URL of your sitemap): http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A//yoursitemap.xml


  • If this seems like too much work, you can simply wait for the Teoma/Ask crawler to discover your website, which should happen eventually.
  • Making your website as search-engine friendly as possible will speed up the process of having your content indexed by Lycos.


  • Submitting your sitemap URL to Ask does not guarantee it will be indexed; however, it does improve your chances and may result in your website showing up in search results on Lycos sooner rather than later.

Items you will need

  • Internet access
  • Website
  • Sitemap in XML format
  • Sitemap generation program (optional)
  • Robot.txt file

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