Is it OK to Submit Your Site to Search Engines?

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Is it OK to Submit Your Site to Search Engines?

I am seeing more and more website control panels and dashboards with this automatic SUBMIT TO GOOGLE button after page additions or even just in the content area itself. I don't know why website providers feel the need to give this option to their clients unless they just don't know any better themselves.submit site to search engines?

So what's the answer?

Should you constantly submit your site to search engines and directories? What about individual pages? Major site changes?

Here's the scoop on site submissions.

While the best way to be found is simply that - to be found by other sites - there are a few reasons to submit your site to search engines

First of all, find out if your site and pages are indexed at all. Do this by going to the Google search box and typing in index: (meaning your actual website or url for a particular page). If the results do not show that page or website, your site is not getting indexed. This may be because it's new or you have never linked to it. In this case, go ahead and submit your site to search engines. There is a variety of ways to do this: Submit Express is a good place to start and they will submit your site to Google along with several others across the world. You will need to manually submit to Yahoo and Bing here.  (You will need a Yahoo account to submit to Yahoo).

If your site IS indexed there is really no need to continue to submit your site. As long as you are linking to the homepage (like from your ActiveRain blog) and to sub pages from your blogs, social media and other sites, your site will be found and indexed.

Submitting your site too often MAY result in penalties and black listing.

What about a major change to the site?

This is another good reason to re-submit a site. My friend Djana Morris just moved her whole site over to a new site with a new domain, style and design. This would be the perfect time to submit the site. She went from a Style Agent site to a Reel Geeks site with a new domain for Where to Live in Washington DC. Submitting this major change will notify the search engines and they will now start pointing the information to the new site rather than the old. Major changes does not include a page addition, meta tag changes or minor content changes.

Is it OK to submit your site every few months?

This is a controversial subject among SEO professionals. Some say yes, others say never. What do I say? If I have been working with a site for over a year and they still can't get their pages ranked very high, I will consider re-submitting them with a comment to that fact. At this point it shouldn't harm the site since it's not a submission every week or even every month. Am I cautious about it? Absolutely.

Submitting your site to directories such as and such should be done only once. You may or may not get accepted but over submitting can lead to site banning.

The best way to be found is to get some links pointing to your site from reputable, high quality sites. This can include ActiveRain, blog comments from already indexed WordPress sites and social media.

Remember to put links to your site in your content, internal links from page to page in the site itself and link to your site from Facebook, Twitter, discussions on Linkedin and others.

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Comments (78)

Michael S. Bolton
Michael S. Bolton,Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
MN Appraiser

Tammy~I really appreciate your posts, I learn a lot! Thanks!

Dec 13, 2011 08:22 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

It's amazing what useful information AR brings to its members. Thanks for the sharing your knowledge about this subject.

Dec 13, 2011 08:24 AM
Dimitri Matsis-REALTOR® (818) 599-6083
Troop Real Estate Inc. Westlake Village CA - West Hills, CA

Hi Tammy,

Congrats on the feature and thank you for supplying info we could all use. Bookmarked!

Dec 13, 2011 11:10 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Tammy, we don't do that - except I have a pesky reference to my former company that I can't get rid of on one site and so the webmaster guided me through how to resubmit it but it still didn't work. Glad for the heads up about submitting too often, because I would like to submit it again, but don't want a penalty for it, so will just leave it alone for awhile.


Dec 13, 2011 11:19 AM

Tammy, thanks for sharing. There is always something to learn ………

Dec 13, 2011 12:28 PM
Rosalind Nicholas
RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Toronto Condo Real Estate Agent, Toronto ON

Tammy, thanks for sharing. There is always something to learn ……… 

(sorry was not signed-in with the earlier post)

Dec 13, 2011 12:33 PM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Frenchtown, MT
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Thanks Michael!! Appreciate your imput!

Thanks Kimo!! So glad it's helpful to you! :)

Thanks Dimitri!! Have a super week!

Frank and Sharon - Check it out first. Try your search on a totally new computer (so you don't have any cookies) If you see it or can find it, you're being indexed so just leave it alone for now. But any new content you get, make sure you expose it on facebook and other social media. Makes a big difference.

Thanks Rosalind! There is always something to learn wherever you are! :)

Dec 13, 2011 02:23 PM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

This was a very helpful post.  Thanks.  Gives me more stuff to consider.  Thanks a lot.

Dec 13, 2011 02:30 PM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Tammy,  great post and thanks for sharing some valuable hints.

Dec 13, 2011 10:05 PM
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

I'm going to check my website! This was very helpful, a lot of tips I wasn't aware of, thank you!

Dec 14, 2011 12:20 AM
RealSupport, Inc.
RealSupport Inc. - Schaumburg, IL
- Virtual Real Estate Marketing

Hey Tammy,

This is AWESOME information! Thanks for sharing this. We've actually started suggesting this to several of our clients, too, as the consistency in blogging and social networking won't be as beneficial if their site isn't indexed.

We've never heard of some of these services, but we'll absolutely check them out and start using them for our clients. Any tip that you can use to boost SEO will absolutely benefit you, as it's the goal of so many agents to get to the top of the Google search engines. Little tips like this are easy and quick to do, and they really do help your SEO so much.

Thanks again for sharing such awesome information! We'll have to check out your blogs more often ;). Have a great day!

Dec 14, 2011 09:50 AM
Mark Simoff
Downing-Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Your Buckeye Connection in Naples Florida!

Hi Tammy,  this post is very timely since you and Tim are helping me build my new site. Should I wait to submit until I have built in more content?  Thanks again to you and Tim for all of your excellent work on my site.

Dec 14, 2011 11:09 AM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Frenchtown, MT
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Thank you! Gene, Bob, and Sylvie!

Thanks "Real Support"! Appreciate you stopping by!  All these little tips can really boost the rankings for a particular site. This is just one piece to the SEO puzzle. Have a super week!

Mark, When the site is ready to launch we will submit it for you.The site is getting indexed though so we will do it carefully. ;-)

Dec 14, 2011 01:13 PM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Tammy -- it is great having several SEO gurus among us here on AR -- it helps us remain focused on what does and does not work, so we can work on the things that do work.

May you and yours have a safe and enjoyable Christmas Season!

Dec 15, 2011 06:59 AM
Yvonne Van Camp REALTOR
To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty - Springfield, MO
"Home"work, I have the Answers!

I was taking notes last night when you were talking about this.   I have bookmarked you and plan to do this.   I know I need to start linking within the site too.

Dec 15, 2011 02:02 PM
Raymond Kennedy
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Orland Park, IL

Excellent information. I always questioned  and never had luck with finding a solid answer on whether to submit or not. It's great to hear your thoughts on this subject.

Dec 16, 2011 03:27 PM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Frenchtown, MT
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Thanks guys!! It still a item of controversy but as long as you don't do it that much you should be ok.

Dec 17, 2011 12:32 AM
Max Boyko
Team Hybrid - REMAX Gold - Sacramento, CA

Thanks for the input.  Got a great reminder - to link to my website through activerain more often.

Dec 28, 2011 05:43 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

 I am not sure all my pages are linked except through the menu bar and I link the logo to the home page. Is this good enough?

Jul 10, 2013 04:21 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

Great tips!  I checked out page and it is linked with some of these - I need to add the others.  Thanks for the information!

Aug 05, 2013 09:20 PM