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Glossary Definition: Search Engine Submission

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What is Search Engine Submission?

Search engine submission is the process of making a request to a search engine that a website be included in its index

Unlike search engine optimization, submission does not affect how well a website will rank, it merely alerts search engines to its existence.

Goole and Bing offer free, one-step submission forms;

Search Engine Submission Alternatives

Search engine submission is one method of getting a new website indexed, but generally isn't necessary, as Google, Yahoo, and Bing are continuously crawling the Web in search of new pages to index.

Alternatives to direct search engine submission:

Google and other search engines find and index new web pages by crawling the Web and following links; but more importantly,, every incoming link signals to seach engines that a "vote" has been cast for that web page, in turn improving its link popularity and rankings.

Avoid Search Engine Submission Scams

Avoid using any service that claims to submit to hundreds or thousands of search engines; the result is often a large quantity of email spam, low quality backlinks, and other types of activity best avoided, especially when launching a new website.

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