Website submission used to mean submitting one's site directly
to the search engines. But, now days this type of website
submission is unnecessary for sites that have a least one
link pointing towards it. If a website has a link pointing
towards it from another website, chances are that the search
engines will quickly crawl that link and index that site.
So, website submission has taken on a different meaning.
It can mean submission of a particular site to directories,
message boards, blogs and other resources as part of a link-building
campaign or perhaps even submission to potential link
partners in a reciprocal link trade.
Those who do website submissions to directories would do
well to do so manually rather than with an automatic program.
In order to speed up the process, several years ago, many
web developers designed programs for automated website submissions
to a large list of directories.
After a while, the webmasters to these directories became
overwhelmed with submissions and stop accepting new links
or took steps to cut down on automated links. Manual submissions
are seen as more authentic in that a person can pick out the
appropriate category for each individual directory that a
link will fit well in.
Directories like DMOZ will even penalize too frequent submissions
by making the newest submission overwrite the older submissions,
so that the age of the link in review may not seems as long
compared to other links. Penalties from other directories
will including tossing out links altogether that are submitted
So, manual website submissions are definitely the way to
go. So, get going and link away.