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Does Search Engine Submission help your site get indexed AT ALL?
I'm guessing it doesn't but I'd like a definite answer from some people who've "been in the trenches" for a while.
The point is that a critical aspect of how sites are evaluated by the SE's today has to do with the number and quality of inbound links to your site from "unaffiliated" sources (i.e., sites that you neither own nor directly influence). Think about it. If you were a SE and the only way you can find a site is by the site submission button, not by crawling the Web, what would you conclude about that site?
These days, crawls of the Web are so relatively efficient and frequent even compared to just a few years ago, that there is simply no reason to submit sites to the SE's. IF they have any value at all, or any resources even, they will be found.
Spend you time and effort on real marketing, content creation, and if applicable to your site, technology advancements that enhance user experience or site value.
...it might even have made sense for the SE's to use those submission mechanisms as spam site indicators. I don't know if I buy that or not, and don't really care.
Back in the year 2000, I think it was, I had it on pretty good authority that Inktomi assumed submissions were 99% likely to be spam and gave submissions negative points (which inbound links could eventually dispel).