Search engine submissions

How important is it to regularly submit a sitemap to Google and Bing?
How frequently should this be done ideally?
Is it worth having this done automatically?
Is there any value in submitting to 100 search engines these days given the domination of the big three?
digiselAsked:
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Scott Fell, EE MVEConnect With a Mentor Developer & EE ModeratorCommented:
How important is it to regularly submit a sitemap to Google and Bing?
Most important to do it once via webmaster tools

How frequently should this be done ideally?
Only when there are pages added or removed.

Is it worth having this done automatically?
I have made dynamic site maps based on a custom cms via the database and works fine.

Is there any value in submitting to 100 search engines these days given the domination of the big three?
No.  Google and Bing are all you need.  The rest grab data from each other and/or crawl your site.

I would put .05% effort into your site map and 98.95% effort into generating great unique content on a regular basis and 1% effort into free PR sources such as facebook and twitter et el to redirect to your site.
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COBOLdinosaurConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It is important if you want traffic from the SEs

It should be re-submitted everytime it changes

There are online tools that do it for free up to a limit.  if the site is loarge you may need to look to paid options. the free tool I use is: http://www.sitemapdoc.com/

submitting to a lot of search engines is of dubious value.  I certainly would not pay for it, and doing it yourself is a lot of work.

Cd&
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digiselAuthor Commented:
thanks for a great reply
Last question please.
My site is b to b, very much a vertical market where customers need to extra purchasing-based data and then go off to the supplier website.
I really cannot see any of the users doing twitter or facebook.
Maybe I am an old fashioned SEO person but I wonder if 1% is NOT TOO high???
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
B to B is another animal.  There is linkedIN and from there I would find sites that cater to your vertical.  I would put more emphasis to PR and beyond social media.

If your site is just a jump to another site, that sounds like an affilate program. If that is the case, good luck because now you are going up against a thousand others doing the same thing and your site ends up being the PR vehicle for the actual end product site.

If I have the wrong and what you mean is if people want more info, then you are sending them to the supplier to look up more detail, I would cut that out and get that information on your own site. For one, more content on your site and two, less chance of them finding a competitor.  Don't copy/paste duplicate textual content to your site though as that will not help.
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
I don't consider them to be very important, but if I was doing sites that were about personal relationships and targeted at 15 year old kids I would probably be willing to make some effort, but otherwise I think padas has the percentage about right.

Cd&
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digiselAuthor Commented:
thank you very much for your very pertinent and fulsome comments.
much appreciated
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