QUOTE(Michael Martinez @ Oct 25 2005, 10:14 AM)
We should start a grass roots campaign to get Yahoo!, DMOZ, and Google to implement the NOFOLLOW attribute in all the outbound links in their directories.
While people don't pay DMOZ for listings, it would only be fair if Yahoo! had to comply with the demand that they put REL=NOFOLLOW on all their paid links.
Okay, that brings up a question for me. I'm very new at this, so I'm going to just add that comment to my "everyone is entitled to their own opinion" basket. But pretty soon links won't have any meaning in SEO because all of them will have been eliminated from the formula because they are paid, or spammy, etc.
From what I've been reading here and elsewhere, Google's current search algorithm is based on TrustRank, which places additional authority on human-reviewed, trusted sites. I assume that means the top named directories which I've seen listed on other parts of this forum.
Based on that information, I've gotten my site listed in about a dozen of the top directories, including Yahoo! I applied for DMOZ but there is a long wait.
So my question is this: Is it a good idea to continue to list my site in more of these top directories and pay the $40.00 - $70.00 fee for each link? Several of my directory links have ended up on PR 4 and PR 5 pages (some on PR 0 pages as well). Or am I better off spending my money on a good dinner?
How long should it take for Google (which is now recognizing my site for the less popular search terms in my industry, including a #1 spot, but not for the popular terms) to recognize these directory links?