If Submitting to Search Engines is Useless, Why Do They Have a Submission Form?

Sep 27, 2007 • 12:41 pm | comments (4) by twitter | Filed Under Search Engine & SEO Theory

SEO's from the early days eventually learned that no matter how often they submitted URL's to search engines, the rewards were questionable, if any existed at all. There are still some search engine marketing company rip-offs selling site submission services to "hundreds of search engines", promising rank (in them all?) and doing it for dirt cheap.

When someone asked about such a scam, he also wondered that if a search engine like Google follows links to find new web sites, why is there a URL submit form?

It's kinda like a Dentist insisting that you get fluoride treatments, even though you buy toothpaste that has it in there and many towns put it in the water and some research says it's bad for you.

Do you submit to search engines on a "just in case" basis or is there some worth to this practice that remains?

If you're curious, read How Many SE's Do You Submit To? at Cre8asiteforums.

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Jaan Kanellis

09/27/2007 09:33 pm

Habits are hard to break. It is funny SE's like Google feel fine leaving toolbar PR live and useless submission forms, but take away the SI tag.

Chris Beasley

09/28/2007 12:45 pm

Why do people assume that just because Google does discover new sites by crawling that their submission form is useless? They're not mutually exclusive. Repeated submissions aren't going to help, but it is something you should do every time you launch a new site, it has gotten sites of mine crawled within hours of launch when they still have no incoming links. There are also some crazies out there who think you'll be penalized if you or anyone else submits using a submission form. In almost all cases using a submission form to a real search engine (I'm not talking about those submit to 1000 places spam offers), will result in a website being indexed as quickly as possible. It also only takes 2 minutes and there is no downside.

Tom Nichols

09/28/2007 09:12 pm

Of course I submit new sites. It's one of the basic things. Who doesn't?


10/01/2007 09:17 am

I haven't submitted a website to the main search engines for about 5 years. A few good inbound links will get your site crawled easily.

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