Search Engine Submission Services
Can Ban Your Site and Are Poor Investments
Are Search Engine Submission Services
By Chris Richardson - August 2004
We've all noticed ads for businesses offering
search engine submission services. Most of these companies boast that
they will submit your site to "thousands of search engines",
while guaranteeing an effective SERP listing.
Surgeon General's Warnings:
Auto-Submitting May Be Bad For Your Website's Health...
Are search engine submission services worth the money?
Discuss this and other topics at WebProWorld.
A simple search of Google using the keywords "search
engine submission services" yields 3.3 million results,
while Google's SERP ad space is filled to the brim with ads from companies
offering their submission and guaranteed ranking services. While many
of these services and promises sound enticing, are they worth the time
or money it would take to use them? The quick answer is NO. The long answer:
still no, but with a better explanation. :)
Being a self-professed SEO noob, I am still learning what is good and
what isn't when it comes to the SEM/SEO industry. However, in my limited
exposure, I have not read where any of the recognized industry experts
suggest using these services. In fact, search engine submission is a moot
point as it is. Jill Whalen of HighRankings.com
explains this thought:
"(Y)ou absolutely do NOT need to submit your URLs to Yahoo at all.
They will find and index all your pages for free if you just give them
a crawler-friendly site and the time to do so." This also applies
to Google and the other major search engines. Manual submission is not
necessary because their spiders will usually find and index your automatically.
Marcia, a prominent poster on the SEO forums, said at WebmasterWorld,
"They (search engines) all find sites through links anyway. Some
people don't even bother with submitting at all anymore." On the
SEW forums, Marcia goes on to say that these submission services may violate
the search engine terms of service agreement which could result in getting
your site banned.
WebmasterWorld poster "bufferzone" echoes this by saying, "Some
SE's don't like auto tools and will penalize or ban sites where these
tools are used. They are relatively easy to recognize and therefore relatively
easy to handle for the SE's."
A look at some of the submission service providers that appeared in Google's
AdWord area is a telling one. One service claims that for a nominal fee,
they will submit your site to 800,000 search engines and directories.
That's right, 800,000. As I've said before, I'm still learning about the
SEO/SEM industry, but I can tell you emphatically, there aren't 800,000
search engines on the market. In fact, it's the big four (Google, Yahoo,
MSN, Ask) that drive the majority of the search engine traffic. And if
you don't believe the noob, I'll let Marcia reinforce
"There aren't any thousands of search engines, there are only a
few that actually drive any traffic. And those will find sites through
following links." Meaning that if you have backlinks from other sites
pointing to yours, the major search engines that drive the market will
Following this rationale, you wind up paying for a service that's going
to "submit" your site to who knows where. Granted, there are
smaller search engines and directories to which sites can be submitted,
but I'm not sure if they number into the hundreds of thousands.
Prices for these services range from $19.95 to $179.99. From reading
the majority of the responses concerning this subject, it seems like this
money could be better spent. If you have ANY backlinks to your site, the
major search engines will usually find you. Submission of any kind isn't
To be fair, people who have used these services seem to be pleased with
their investments. It's not that these companies don't do what they say
(although, 800,000 is a little extreme), rather, it's whether or not these
services are even needed. When reading what the SEO experts have to say,
you are left with one conclusion: These services are not required in order
for search engines to find your site.
Marcia concludes these thoughts rather well by saying, "Save your
money and put whatever resources you have into learning more about site
promotion so you'll be operating on a solid base. There's a wealth of
information available for anyone who's willing to learn, some at modest
cost and some at no cost."