Submitting your site to a search engine will help the search engine crawl your site and let you configure some options for each search engine.
Bing and Google will also send you notifications if they find any errors with your site.
Google Labs also has some performance profiling tools to help determine some slow points in your website.
Submit your sites at the following URLs:
Each will require you to verify your site. The easiest way to do that is to simply paste a meta tag they provide into your output HTML.
Note: Yahoo generates a meta tag that is not self closing. Be sure to add the closing "/" at the end of the meta tag.
Once verified, you can start optimising the search engine for your website.
Remember to configure your "robots.txt" file to disallow any important folders or URLs.