submitted a website to google a week ago, did meta tags,
anyone got any advice on how to get it to show in searches?
Submitting it only lets Google know that it exists.
It's the content, structure and implementation of the site that lets Google decide whether it's relevant.
Full SEO - particularly on a relatively small site - is tough, but without seeing the site, or what you used to implement it, it's impossible to say whether it has a chance.
As a starting point, make sure it's standards-compliant, has useful page headers in the TITLE tag, uses CSS instead of tables, has all images captioned using ALT & TITLE tags, has sufficient text content that reflects the keywords, and uses "semantic markup".
You could "announce" the website on the free http://www.irishpressreleases.ie/category/website-launch/ - this site appears to be crawled by Google very regularly (I announced a site there and it was listed within 4 hours).
How did you submit the site? Did you create a XML sitemap and upload it via your Google Webmaster account? Has the site been crawled?
You mention meta tags but bear in mind that google likes good clean sites with proper headings (h1, h2 etc.) that are relevent to the content. Meta tags are not as important as they used to be.
i.e. "semantic markup" - hierarchial headers that are relevant headers, lists that are lists, paragraphs that are paragraphs, etc
Yes indeed but I don't think a few non-semantic divs will ruin your chances too much. Everyone uses them after all.
Oh, no issues there; divs are for layout and functionality.
What I was getting at was that the content needs to be structured properly.
post a few links and submit to some irish web directories, should show up very soon.
what would be good directories to submit to?
ah jeaysus, that means you have to be neat
this is discrimination against the sloppy developers
i guess i was just being totally impatient with google!