Over the next few weeks we'll be posting some pertinent and important facts and fables regarding SEO with a hope it'll enable you to make better decisions about your use of SEO strategy to gain an increased penetration into your markets and the pit-falls in an ever-changing digital world. Enjoy!
#1 "I have to submit my site and sitemap to Google to be rated"
When you do a Google search, you aren’t actually searching the web. You’re searching Google’s index of the web, or at least as much of it as we can find. We do this with software programs called spiders. Spiders start by fetching a few web pages, then they follow the links on those pages and fetch the pages they point to; and follow all the links on those pages, and fetch the pages they link to, and so on, until we’ve indexed a pretty big chunk of the web; many billions of pages stored on thousands of machines.
Matt Cutts in Lesson 1.3 of How Search Works
The idea that you need to submit your website to Google in order to appear in search results (or rank) is nonsense.
While a brand new site can submit its URL to Google directly, a search engine like Google can still find your site without you submitting it. Matt Cutts’ quote over there on the left explains exactly how this works.
Even if you do submit your site to Google, a submission does not guarantee anything.
Crawlers will automatically find your site and index it in due time, so don’t worry about this idea of needing to “tell” Google about your site.
If you’d like to hear more from Matt Cutts about “How Google Works,” check out this video - HERE
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