I officially officially declare that all search engine submission services are now scams. If you receive an email from anyone claiming to offer search engine submission services or a similar submission service–it is spam and also a scam.
In a recent Google Webmaster Forum thread, a Google representative officially stated:
these services are not needed and can even be counter-productive
Yes, search engine submission is officially dead–and officially a scam.
Take a look at the UCE (Unsolicited Commercial Email–spam) email that I received just recently, it looked like this:
The email is offering “search engine submission services” and the service, which costs a hefty $75.00 per year provides “submission and search engine ranking for domain owners”. The offer goes on to say:
Failure to complete your search engine registration by Nov 10, 2012 may result in the cancellation of this order (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).
Sure, they want you to reply and pay for their “service” by a certain date. But it is absolutely a false and misleading statement when they say that “it will make it “difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web”. That statement is not only misleading, it is WRONG. Let me make it very clear, here:
You do NOT have to submit your web site to the search engines. The search engines have been crawling and indexing web sites without any issues whatsoever for many years now. Submitting to search engines stopped being effective over 10 years ago. The best way to get your web site indexed properly in the search engines is to get links from other web sites to your web site. Furthermore, I have actually proven that within minutes of registering a new domain name, Google will visit your web site, in an attempt to crawl its pages and index the content. That’s without having to submit your URL to a search engine