You know what I am talking about, those emails you get throughout the day, the pop ups you see, and the big flashing banners ads found across the Web. they are all shouting the same message; "Submit your site to 1,000 search engines!"
A member over at Search Engine Watch asked if these submissions are worthwhile. The response. Absolutely not.
Besides for the fact that most automated submission services are in violation of the search engine's terms of service, the search engines prefer to crawl the natural Web and find new pages naturally. I personally never submit sites to search engines. I just place a link on a page that is already indexed well, and presto, soon after the new site and its pages are also found in the search engine. This process is faster, more effective and more ethically sound then the automated submission services.
One more thing, as Marcia points out in this thread. "Besides, submission won't do anything for a site unless it's properly optimized - which is not rocket science, it just takes spending some time learning."