I started this blog back in 2007 and from just about a month after I started onwards I received emails from companies offering to submit my blog to all the major search engines. If you’re just starting a blog it can be easy to think this is necessary, heck – you want people to find your site don’t you?
Here’s the thing, there are really only two search engines you need to be in, Google and Bing. Period. In fact, if you’re in these two just about every other search engine on the planet will add you but it doesn’t matter because you won’t get any meaningful traffic from them.
In the late 90’s there was a search engine war going on, you wanted to be listed as many places as possible, now it’s just two that matter and yes, you can actually submit your site for free in under a minute to both. All you need to do is simply search for “submit my site to Google” or “submit my site to Bing” enter your ULR and viola, you’re done.
Just don’t confuse this with SEO. You aren’t optimizing anything here, instead you’re just telling the, here I am. To increase your rankings and get more traffic you have to write, write, and write some more. Then share, share, and share some more. There used to be a million ways to game the system, now it really comes down to great content that you share that other people also enjoy and want to share.
So don’t spend a dime on search engine submission services, just take a minute to submit your site to Google and Bing and you’re done.