Google now allows for sites to be submitted for indexation https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url Although I think natural indexation works best in terms of SEO, some of us might want to try it out. It's okay if, for instance, you want to submit a page from your business website that never indexed. But... If you're buying links from outreach I think it's best to avoid submitting links for indexation. Now getting to the real point: is it the end of journey for pinging tools/sites? What do you folks think.