I hope you donít see this follow up post as arguing with the big cheese (as we say in Wisconsin) because that is not my intent.
The above two directories are ones I recommended because I have manually applied to a good many over the last 2 months and fount them to be not yet listed in this string and of a quality nature. Some of the directories owned my members here are excellent but I was trying to add new content to this forum.
Iíve found some real duds in this list but from my few months here I felt this forum tried to focus on the positive as much as possible. Something I really like about your forum.
All Links Directory is small, from a quick count I just did it has only 3,348 listings but it has a (ok Iím ducking now as this is sure to make you unhappy) PR6 and in just one click on Business I get to the page that has my site. That page also has a PR6 and looks like it gets spidered by Google often based on the cache dates. Also I got Ďlistedí with a minimal of hassle and was added in less then one business day.
Lets compare this with two well known directories
DMOZ Ė also free. So far so good. Its big and should be in this list. The problem is the wait. I submitted months ago and have done the follow up post in the proper forum; I even read and followed the instructions providing a live clickable link to the submitted category. What did I get? A note that told me itís in the queue and I canít inquire again for 6 months.
(Name being withheld but it ends in Ant) Again it belongs in this list and has a free option by becoming an editor, although at first you donít get to edit anything except your own site when it gets rejected. Here is how this works. You submit your site then wait. Keep checking back and one day another editor will send you a note ďChange this, do that and resubmit.Ē It does not go back to that editor it goes to another editor at random. Here is the type of replies I got. ďDonít use all capitals in your title, make the words after the first word non-capitalĒ (The title was Presentation Rentals). I changed it to Presentation rentals. A few days pass and another editor sends a message ďCapitalize each word of your business nameĒ so I change it back to Presentation Rentals. This goes on for a good Ĺ dozen edits, mostly changing things only to change them back until finally I get in. I felt like Silvester McMonkey McBean. Iím now in but itís deep into a sub-sub-sub category with no page rank and based on another feature of the Google toolbar is not in the Google cache.
So of the above three IMHO the first one is important although I would still recommend submitting to the other two.
OK. Looking back at this maybe your post was not pointed at me. Since it was after my post I assume it was, but who knows.
Again I am in the process of building a directory but I have not posted it here and it is not yet at a level that would even make my cut as a important directory. I was only trying to recommend some directories that I felt were worth wile.
PS Besides traffic, directories serve the purpose of increasing your backlinks. If that is not what you want this string to be about can we start one that is? I just donít think Iím the only member that sees the dual benefit of a directory listing.