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If you can't find it in the search engine, make a note of it. Sometimes I will submit a links page depending on who it is and my confidence factor that they won't do it, don't know how to do it, or don't know enough that they should do it.
Generally, I find most people submit their own and there isn't a point to submitting for them. Sometimes, I'll go so far as to point my own link at their links page.
Otherwise the spiders will find them sooner or later with or without my help.
Especially as some search engines are set against multiple submissions of the same page. If webmaster x sets up a new links page with a dozen links on it and each of the webmasters for those sites then submitted that page they might get a whole site blacklisted.
At best ungentlemanly (unladylike) conduct, at worst seriously unethical/immoral.
(Though now, with all the concern about unwanted links, I suppose some webmasters might object even to this.) I wouldn't worry about it too much either way. I don't think either action would cause tremendous harm to a site.
Side note: I don't know of any major SE currently blacklisting for multiple submissions (someone please correct me if I'm wrong on this, as I certainly wouldn't want to risk incurring penalties for my incoming link providers!). It makes it FAR to easy for "Site A" to get its competitor "Site B" blacklisted simply by oversubmitting Site B's pages...
(edited by: mivox at 9:34 pm (gmt) on Sep. 6, 2001
It's not a "toggle" to the best of my knowledge... you give them a URL, and they immediately send a request to the URL to make sure the file exists.
If they get a 404 error when they check the URL, it goes in their "remove" pile. If they successfully reach the URL, it goes in their "add" pile.
<edit>yeesh... I'm the typo QUEEN today...</edit>
I check when the site was last updated first, and if it was over a month or so and it's ranking could be better it can be helping that webmaster more than hindering.
I am of course Scottish, and as everyone out there knows we're a very considerate and caring race. :)