When I started this blog I continually went to Google to see if I came up in the search. I did some research and found that you can “register” your URL with Google. You can go to Google’s Add URL page and do the same. I am not sure if it worked or not. It could be that Google’s spider just reached me on its own. They make no guarantees that a URL added to the list will even get added to their search. Also, you can go to Google’s Webmaster Tools section. There you can see when the spider hits your site, find out what queries people use to find your site, and a whole bunch of other stuff.
In my research I also found tips saying that I should include a lot of links in my blog posts. And also TrackBacks from other blogs would help my ranking with search engines.
I can’t tell you if these tips worked specifically. But I do know that my posts are coming up in Google searches (and other engines too) and I am happy about that! By the way, some of the other search engines have similar tools to Google. But you’ll have to do a little research on your own to find them. Don’t forget to be a little patient.