Here's the first line of an email I got today:
"*Name withheld* will get a better Search Engine Rank for www.thewebforbusiness.com/
by submitting your site to over 500,000 Search Engines, Directories and Speciality Sites - but you must act Now!"
My first question:
Can anyone please tell me the name of twenty more search engines that matter?
Good. Now that you've done that (and we all know virtually everyone's list starts with Google), what are the other 499,980+ search engines, directories and specialty sites they're talking about?
They are probably local search engines and directories and link farms.
My second question:
Is submitting your site to a search engine in Latvia or a specialty directory of Kelowna going to help you with your ranking in Google?
My third question: Why would anyone pay to spam all of those directories with irrelevant submissions?
Answer: I don't know.
Save your money and time. The consensus online is these services don't work.
Sorry to say, but getting good search engine rankings still takes time to create decent, unique content that people (and search engines) will find relevant.
Remember the adage about the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago - or NOW? The best time to start building great content for search engines (and people) to love was a few years ago - or NOW.
I hope your content tree takes root soon!