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Important Info About Your Newly Registered Website
Congratulations on registering [domain name removed]. The next step for you to do is to have your website listed with the search engines.
By submitting your domain in the search engines you can increase your online presence.
You can submit your domain name to Google, Bing, and Yahoo by clicking the link below:
To manage your communication preferences, click here.
But, alas, for someone new to publishing websites, the message might seem official and worth heeding. Those thus fooled into clicking the link will first be presented with an online form asking them to submit their website address and contact details.
Next, they will be presented with an outrageously expensive quote of several hundred dollars for registering the site and submitting it to the major search engines. In some cases, they may be told that they have qualified for a "special" discount, which reduces the price significantly.
But, in reality, any amount is too much to pay for something you can do yourself for no cost at all. Submitting your site to the major search engines is a very quick and easy task that even new site owners should manage with nary a problem. And it doesn't cost a cent.
Moreover, manually submitting your site to search engines is certainly not a requirement.
Some might argue that submitting your site can give it something of a kick-start. But, many experts suggest that manual submission is pretty much a waste of time. Why? Because, once you have set up your site and added some content, Google and other search engines of significance will find and index the site in due course. In other words, the search engines will come to you.
I have published quite a large number of sites over the years. I have not manually submitted one of them to search engines and I have certainly not paid any fee at all to have anybody else do the submitting for me. And yet the major search engines indexed all of these sites, just as I expected.
Last updated: November 20, 2013