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Local U.s. Directories, They Rock ... But Where?
Posted 20 September 2005 - 07:28 AM
I've heard many times that lately Google is very favorable towards local US Directories. I found maybe 2 or 3, but where are the rest?
Where do I find local directories that many SEO "gurus" are raving about?
Posted 20 September 2005 - 08:22 AM
That being said, the good directories are those that have substance to them unlike many that exist today with endless unpopulated categories, DMOZ clones or who soley exist to run AdSense (or Yahoo's ads).
Posted 20 September 2005 - 09:22 AM
Google certainly assigns some measure of importance to directories in general, but they recently began altering their means of determining what is a "real" directory and what is a "fake" directory.
The directories most often mentioned and recommended are the most visible ones:
DMOZ, Yahoo!, Zeal (non-commercial listings only), JoeAnt, GoGuides, Smartpages (this is a U.S. telephone directory that allows you to include a URL), and Switchboard (another U.S. telephone directory that accepts URLs).
There are dozens of directories which are recommended by various SEOs. Their values are indeterminant. One way of finding trusted directories would be to search SEO sites that list directories. The more mentions a directory gets, the more likely it is to have a proven track record.
However, just because a directory gets only one or a few mentions doesn't mean it's bad. It could be relatively and just not yet very well known.
I advise people not to list their sites with directories that require links back, but even some of those have stood the test of time.
Posted 20 September 2005 - 09:42 AM
Beyond this, I don't see any possible huge advantage.
Posted 20 September 2005 - 11:54 AM
Posted 20 September 2005 - 01:21 PM
"Directory" is the only appropriate name I know for sites like that. Just because their focus is not on listing Web sites doesn't mean they aren't directories. Directories have been around much longer than the Web.
Posted 20 September 2005 - 03:04 PM
Posted 20 September 2005 - 03:21 PM
Posted 20 September 2005 - 04:18 PM
Would you like some for Houston? Because that is where I live and work.
Posted 21 September 2005 - 07:46 AM
A lot of narrow niche directories these days also have a local component. As a for instance, I was helping out my mom with an Arts & Crafts site she's wanted to start for years. In this particular niche there seem to be a lot of smaller directories out there what will even list the individual crafters by location.
Posted 21 September 2005 - 09:19 AM
Many "local" directories, at least here in the U.S., are actually sub-directories in national listing services. After all, many of them are built from CD-supplied databases and if you do it for one city, you might as well do it for all.
AOL has been operating City Guides for ages. Or is that MSN? Both of them have or have had City Search sections because I've done it on both services.
There are Yellowpages.com, Switchboard, Smartpages.com, etc.
Some newspapers offer local guides. They may do that through their own software or through a third-party system (I have seen both).
The various mapping services (like Mapquest) offer local directories too (possibly in conjunction with third parties).
If there are any truly local Houston directories, I either haven't found them or they have been industry- or organization-specific. In a search for Houston directory at Google, I see one apparent local directory that may be general purpose in nature. But that is just judging by the domain name, and may only be one of a large number of domain names picked up by a national directory operator. I have seen THAT happen, too.
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