Even after you do submit, some of the engines take weeks, even months, to send their spiders over to your site to "bring back the goodies."
So the pros don't wait around. They submit. Then they check their site's log files, looking to see which of the major engine's spiders have visited, and which pages they "took back to their mother ships."
If they don't see an engine's spider within a certain amount of time after submitting (varies for each engine), they'll resubmit, according to each engine's acceptable limits.
Yes, tracking spiders is rather complicated, and far more tedious than submitting. Here are several resources to get you started...
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