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Search Engine Submission Services? DON’T – Here’s Why…


  1. This put me in kind of a bad mood — not because the post is crappy (it’s excellent) but because I wish it wasn’t still necessary to say this. I see lots (and lots…) of newcomers to SEO (and even in 2013, many small businesses are just getting started online) who are so easily taken by scams like these! Too bad your typical SugarRae reader probably already knows better.

    Can we do some sort of public outreach day? Teach Your Neighbour SEO Basics Day?

    • Rae Hoffman says:

      I wrote the post mainly because I have a strong site… I knew I’d pop top 20 in Google for search engine submission services within a few days and a link or two will put my post front page of the SERPs – my title tag should hopefully help draw searchers to read my post before whipping out a credit card. :)

  2. Well, the thing is this: you can help speed up the process of getting Google to spider/list your site by manually asking them to do it (http://google.com/addurl leads to Google’s webmaster tools), and it costs nothing.

    • Rae Hoffman says:

      Antonio – I mentioned that in the last paragraph of the post – however… without any links, you’re not going to rank for any good terms anyway. If you get links, the engines will index your site. So, as I said, people can do it if it makes them feel better, but speeding up indexing has no correlation to speeding up rankings, IMHO.

  3. Dickinson Eddy says:

    Hello Rae,

    I would like to commend you for your article.I have wasted a lot of money with several programs that did not work. Thank you for sharing.


    • Rae Hoffman says:

      You’re very welcome Eddy – my hope is that less people waste their hard earned money as a result of this post.

  4. charl hoffman says:

    interesting that we in South Africa are now being bombarded with a lot of theses, client ask us quite often why should we not do this? India and the Uk are the main purportraiters these days we found. Some of them are even taking to phoning people now! Mad!

    • Rae Hoffman says:

      Yeah… I own a certain company with a “non-tech” partner and he used to always forward me all the spam emails offering SEO and submission services… was amazing to see him take them seriously – and made me feel a little sad at how many innocent business owners get taken for a ride.

  5. Great Heads Up Post,

    Nice of you to alert the ‘unknowing’ to some of the ‘shenanigans’ that still exist online! Wish Google in all their infinite wisdom could devise a way to rid the net of these bottom-feeders! On the other hand however there will be a time in the not too distant future where we’ll be looking back on these times as the good ol days! The internet will only continue to attract maggots due to its growth and popularity!

    Thanks for the share Rae!


    • Rae Hoffman says:

      Thanks TJ – I figure I have the ability to rank for a lot of stuff – some of it should be focused on preventing newbies from falling victim to things they don’t even realize can be harmful.

  6. I felt sorry for my self after reading this wonderful article and I wish I had never put a penny in some this program.

    As a newbie who own a small website, I have paid couple of this companies for better ranking of my site, till today no significant changes in Google ranking. I really appreciate your article and I wish people out there get to know more about this to avoid wasting their time and money on something that doesn’t work.

  7. Personally I wouldn’t write about things like this. I’m not running a charity, I’m running a business. If other people get themselves ripped off with silly services that are completely obsolete, then I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. If I could write about stuff like this with absolutely no risk to myself, then I’d do it.

    I think the downside is too large – outrank someone for their own scam service name and its just asking for them to start blasting you with all of these same crappy link services at you. They’ve already proven they have no morals by ripping their customers off in the first place, do you think they’re going to give a second thought to blasting you with 10’s of thousands of garage links in retaliation for ruining their little scam racket?

  8. James Jean-Pierre says:

    I know a bit about seo to be skeptical when one of the search engine services popped up as an ad. I manually submit my site to web directories with a strong enough rank in alexa, it helps a bit but takes time. What’s your opinion on submitting to web directories?

    Thanks for the article, proved me right in not paying for the service.

  9. Well I did not realize any of this, before today.
    now that I have submitted to these site submission websites, what can I do to undo the damage, that I have probably caused.

    Please give your advice, however brief.

    • Bob – did you only submit to search engines or did the service you used also say it was going to submit you to a bunch of directories / get you backlinks?

  10. Victor Thompson says:

    Thank you for posting this because every time someone reads it, it passes on the knowledge that scams are everywhere.

    So them the question becomes, are there any good honest submission services available that will work in 2017?

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