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Submitit! And Microsoft Small Business Directory
Posted 09 December 2005 - 07:38 AM
I was going through a list of directories and I came across Microsoft's small business directory. The cost for a listing there is $49 which I though was ok and went on with the registration.
I was surprised to find that registering for a listing also gave me access to a set of tools that help you improve (SEO optimize) your site. All you have to do is provide a URL and a crawler instantly crawls that URL and gives you a detailed report on things like broken links, bad titles, missing descriptions etc. It also allows you to submit to a number of search engines, directories etc.
Now, I know that an automated tool cannot possibly detect and report all problems a site might have, but I found this tool very helpful as a starting point. I found a couple of links that were mistyped, a few pages without proper titles and descriptions etc. Anyone who is new to SEO or web site design will find this service very useful.
Are there any other online services that crawl your site and provide reports?
Posted 09 December 2005 - 08:43 AM
Posted 09 December 2005 - 10:11 AM
Posted 26 December 2005 - 07:12 PM
is it going to help me in my PR ?
is it going to help me to get more Traffic and members ?
i think 49 is not that much i could pay because i'm planning also to payf or Yahoo
Posted 27 December 2005 - 09:41 AM
Of course this may have to do with the fact that the sites I've paid to have included are all business-to-business types of sites.
Since I've never seen any detrimental effects to being in the MS SBD --unlike Yahoo's Directory and them using the directory snippet for normal searches-- it all comes down to the cost and return in my mind. If there's a bonus for being listed beyond that, it's all gravy.
Posted 29 December 2005 - 08:13 PM
My question goes to a more general strategy, with MSN BC/SubmitIt as a case in point. With my other site, being entirely new to SEO (much less coding, web publishing and so forth), I submitted to all the SE's and search engines I could find using a submission tool.
My first site is now starting to get first pages for MSN and GG - decent keywords on MSN (i.e., pos. 1 for duck hunting gear on MSN), more arcane KW's on GG (cooking duck - read my blog!; or doing the snowplow ski stop). Point is, I think I am making headway, though nothing to write home about - maybe 10-12 uniques a day at the moment.
My second site, I did not submit to Yahoo or GG. I am intending on building links as the mainstay of my efforts. I have heard that paid links are becoming increasingly devalued by GG, but believed, I hope not incorrectly, that MSN SB Directory, Joe Ant, and others were not included in the lot as "bad paid links." Yesterday, I placed a total of 12 unique page urls on the MSN directory, with their business card and multi-category options.
I also submitted approximately 6 pages (including my home page) to lesser search engines, through the SubmitIt tool, including Alexa, Claymont, Entireweb.com, Inter-Change, Search Alot and Wal-Hello. I did not submit anything to Google, AOL, Netscape and IWon SE's. I additionally submitted, via MSN, to Jayde, Nerd World Media, On a Mission and Scrub the Web directories. I plan on continuing with a paid campaign, mostly drawn from <edited URL>, (a site I used when submitting to free directories for my other site), recip links and one ways from article submissions. Unlike my first site, the potential for fresh content is very limited, so I will be making link building, I think, the goal from here on out.
I regret submitting to the SE's at all, but what's done is done. I am hopeful that not submitting to Yahoo or GG directly will allay some of the sandbox, while I continue to build paid links.
Aside from the tools within SubmitIt (agreed - pretty light, IMHO), any have any opinions on the paid directories such as MSN SB, Joe Ant, incrawler, best of the web?
Edited to add: Just noticed that my MSN listing is on the last page of the category, behind 7 other pages. I don't recall seeing this - newest listings go to the end of the line? Most of the directory submissions I saw in the past, newest goes in front - is this because these are truly permanent links, and MSN values aged sites better? Any one know how page placement on the directories comes about?
Happy holidays, all.
Edited by Scottie, 29 December 2005 - 08:33 PM.
Posted 29 December 2005 - 08:48 PM
I pulled the first 22 hour workday I have had since Berkeley yesterday - nope, no kidding. Wednesday 8:00 am to this morning, around 6:30. Can I claim this as an excuse?
I will go back through and thoroughly read the rules, when I am more lucid. I am truly sorry.
Posted 29 December 2005 - 08:55 PM
Posted 29 December 2005 - 09:38 PM
Paid links and directory links are okay to get the ball rolling, but that's about it IMO. You're going to need links from other sites that you don't have to pay to be in or that aren't directories.
Those won't cost you anything in dollars, but they'll cost you time to find the best of the best. My focus would be more on these types of links.
Posted 02 January 2006 - 02:01 AM
specifically for Msn, they put newest links at the end of the list.
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