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I have a couple of new sites I would like to start seo on, but I am wary of these "free" services... Does anyone think they will do more harm than good, or shouls all submissions be made manually?
Basically, ads like that are only doing one thing for you: Taking the work out of submitting your site to directories no one ever sees, which have a PageRank of 0, and that Google looks at as garbage.
Frankly, for the money they ask for, you could submit one press release optimized with links and keywords. This would get you more links, they would be of higher quality, and you would get a spurt of direct traffic as well.
Hope that helps!
I tried three different sites for link development and two
of them monitor the process and you approve the links through their site. This gives you some control on who links to you.
The third site I submitted to did not have a lot of requirements and it did allow you to specify the type of sites you would accept links from.
I have since found that some pretty awful sites (porn) have linked to my site. I found them by checking my Alexa rating and found the sites that were linking to mine. I have been trying to block them ever since. My hosting website suggested that I add a script that blocks them.
If anyone has any suggestions on to stop this it would be helpful.
So to answer your question, be careful.
There are only a handful of search engines worth much, and they will (should) find your site by themselves.
I used to submit to tons of free directories hoping some would eventually become a valuable backlink. when I check my backlinks now, it seems like a wasted endeavour.
Submit to a few valued directories or those that fit your niche. IMO
The BEST thing will be doing it manually...
There are whole lot of sites which have information about Free search engine submission list, free directory submission list, reciprocal link exchange SE/Directory list, Paid SE's list...
[edited by: martinibuster at 10:53 pm (utc) on Dec. 27, 2007]
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You do not need to submit to any search engine, and there are very few directories worth your time.
DMOZ, maybe Yahoo, maybe a few niche directories depending on your genre - but no mass search engine submissions!
A) Submissions have nothing to do with rankings - you need links to your site, proper SEO knowledge, and patience of those links to take value.
B) Ask.com (doesn't take submission), Google.com (free submission), MSN (free submission), Yahoo.com (free submission) is all that matters. But even still you don't need to submit! Get a few links and you will be all set!
most of those free submission sites are scams to get links back to their own site. It's shady and I don't like it one bit!