In short: NO. You do not need a search engine submission service!
You may have seen tactics used by low quality SEO companies (they usually come as SPAM emails and they are looking to charge a fee) as follows:
- Telling you that you must pay them to submit your website to dozens or hundreds of search engines or more
- That you must pay them to make sure you get your website indexed
- That they can get you tons of hits on your website
- That submitting your website to search engines is critical to SEO
None of this could be farther from the truth.
The truth is:
You do not need to submit your site to the search engines because they usually find your website on their own. Indexing can take anywhere from a day to a few weeks. To see if your site is indexed type the following into Google “site:www.nameofwebsite.com”
Be sure to update www.nameofwebsite.com to your actual domain name.
If your site is professionally designed with unique, quality content, your chances of indexing are much higher. Your site also needs to be coded in a way that is readable by search engines. If it is not, it does not matter if you submit to a ton of search engines, your site will stay invisible. Most of the time, you have nothing to worry about.
If possible, the best way to get your website indexed quickly is to get a link from a reliable website (blog, website, forum, press release etc.) that is already indexed. If you can not, then you can still do the following below to get started.
1. You can submit your new web site to Google yourself at: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url
2. You can set up a Google Webmaster Tools account and submit a sitemap there. You can create a sitemap for free on a number of websites only (Google “free sitemap creator”). You can then upload it to your website and submit to Google via your Webmaster Tools account. This will help Google understand what pages you have on your website and maximize their ability to become indexed. More information: https://support.google.com/webmasters
3. You can submit to Bing here: http://www.bing.com/toolbox/submit-site-url
4. You can submit to Yahoo here: http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html
That is all you need to do.
Remember: The majority of search engines that do exist pull data from the top three (Google, Bing, Yahoo). As long as your site is indexed in these three, you should be covered. Est. 2/3 or more of all searches occur on Google anyway, so it is not necessary to be found in small, virtually unknown search engines.
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