Thursday, July 10, 2008

Multiple Search Engine Submissions and Spam

So I am reading up on SEO. I came to the conclusion that you have to submit stuff to the search engines. Things like sitemaps and my site URL etc. So I found an interesting piece of software, amongst the functions it has is the ability to submit to multiple search engines. Some of which I recognise, some I don’t.

So I think to myself what the heck. Lets try it, what can I lose. So I choose all the Search engines possible and click the submit after filling in some details. True to the software’s word, it submits my site to the Search Engines.

What I overlooked is that there was a small warning suggesting to use an alternate e-mail address. For spam reasons.

Boy am I regretting that. I have received more spam today than I ever did in my life. They just keep coming. Sure, some are not spam, and could be very useful. But I do not feel like wading through tons of e-mail to pick out the good ones. I have had to put up all sorts of rules to at least minimise the spam. Perhaps I should at some stage change my e-mail. But that's such a job, notifying friends and family and clients and co-workers.

My advice, if you are going to submit to lots of search engines, create a bogus e-mail or at least one of those public free one like gmail or yahoomail. You wont regret it.

I have to ask myself the question, now that I have learned a valuable lesson. Is it worth trying to your site publish to hundreds of search engines. Aren’t Google, MSN, and Yahoo, perhaps Alltheweb, and AltaVista the main ones. I could think of some local engines like Ananzi and Aardvark. But the list is probably 10 or less. My advice, is to be careful, choose your submissions. Make sure that it brings value to your business.

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