Add URL Form - Can it Hurt?

Jun 20, 2005 • 8:48 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

There is a thread at DigitalPoint forums from back in April that caught my attention. The thread is named Google "ADD URL" hurts your potential rankings? which links to an SEO Chat article which reads:

First, let me tell you what you don't do. You don't use the "Add URL" form with Google at http://www.google.com/addurl.html. Believe it or not, using that form to let Google know about your site will actually hurt your PR and, at the same time, make Google rank you lower. In other words, you absolutely never want to use that form, or the similar form on any other search engine, to promote your website.

The thread at DigitalPoint takes issue with this quote. If it was the case that using the Add URL form at Google (or any other search engine) would hurt your rankings, why wouldn't a competitor submit all your sites time and time again? What I believe the author was trying to convey, which he did not do, was that one should not waste their time with automatic submission programs. The author, in my opinion, should not have gone to the extent of writing - "Believe it or not, using that form to let Google know about your site will actually hurt your PR and, at the same time, make Google rank you lower."

On topic to this, is a recent thread at Search Engine Watch Forums named Whats a good program to do the once-a-month submissions?

Previous story: Google Wallet vs. eBay's PayPal
 

Comments:

Razvan Antonescu

06/20/2005 08:02 pm

Yaeh, agree that author is off topic. What could happen is for Google to ignore the request. That's all

Chris Beasley

08/12/2005 09:45 pm

Ya, way off base. I get sites with no incoming links indexed in 2 weeks or less and all I do is submit them. Infact I submit every new site I make as a matter of habit and have noticed no ill effects. I thought we laid to rest this myth long ago?

Barry Schwartz

08/14/2005 02:07 am

Thanks Chris.

Annie

02/20/2008 01:51 am

The thread at DigitalPoint takes issue with this quote. If it was the case that using the Add URL form at Google (or any other search engine) would hurt your rankings, why wouldn't a competitor submit all your sites time and time again?

Annie

02/21/2008 03:54 am

I thought we laid to rest this myth long ago? The thread at DigitalPoint takes issue with this quote.

jhon

04/16/2008 06:44 am

SEO Optimization for search engines? Professional Search engine optimization services (SEO). www.jnbwebpromotion.com

Holly Wild

10/22/2008 04:07 pm

Thats an amazing artcle who would of thought such a thing..add url seem like an honst invitation!

No Name

10/28/2008 06:06 pm

I have always used the Google submit and have had no problems or adverse affect.

Buyzul

06/30/2009 08:37 am

Different types of color diamond earring studs in white or yellow real gold metal at discounted price. gemstone rings, studs etc.

Search Respect

11/09/2011 10:24 pm

We entered an existing wordpress site (1 week old blog, unbranded wp domain) into Google's Add URL tool (found at: www.google.com/addurl/) and the site dropped completely from Google for approximately 48 hours. There was initially 3 indexed pages and one page ranking around #22 when the blog was first created prior to any SEO. After about two days, the site appeared to be indexed however nowhere near the original rank. http://searchrespect.com

blog comments powered by Disqus