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Go Guides Very Expensive These Days
Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:28 AM
I'll admit it's been a while since I've been there, but I was surprised at the new fees. They seem to have dumped a lot of listings... listings I had in there since 2002 are gone.
Now you have to pay $39.95-$69.95 to list a single site, or join as an editor for a $50 initiation fee and $20 a month for two years (that gives you 120 submissions at 5 sites a month)... if you don't pay up for 2 years, they remove the sites you submitted.
Talk about monetizing a directory! Does anyone pay these prices? I would consider paying someone who was already a paying editor to list my sites, I guess.
Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:47 AM
I just pass this cost onto clients, so yes I pay them if a client wants to be listed. I can still get sites in for free to JoeAnt, Skaffe and Web-Beacon as an editor but it certainly is true that directory submission is becoming more expensive all the time.
With all of this occurring, I only wish DMOZ would start a fee based program for timely submission reviews.
Posted 26 January 2006 - 12:00 PM
I'm not surprised the directories are monetizing. Eventually, other free directories will pop up and we'll start the cycle all over again.
There was a time when Yahoo! was free.
Posted 26 January 2006 - 12:01 PM
Don't fall for it. You shouldn't have to pay for crappy directory links. Might as well throw your money down the drain instead.
Posted 26 January 2006 - 12:32 PM
Scottie, if you have records of what the rules were when your sites were accepted, assuming you either paid or had an agreement where you didn't have to pay in exchange for moderating, you have cause to force them to re-include those sites.
Having been in business for far too long, you can change the rules. But rules changes only apply to New business. Everything under any old agreements are grandfathered if you can prove what the terms were then.
Posted 26 January 2006 - 01:02 PM
I would say that MOST directories are a waste but there are a handful that can give a good quality link. These or course are directories that have some substance to them unlike so many other directories that are either scraper sites, DMOZ clones or contain hundreds and hundreds of unpopulated pages.
Posted 26 January 2006 - 01:14 PM
When did GoGuides change their rates? I last submitted there about two months ago, and I think it was still a one-time $40 fee then.
Posted 26 January 2006 - 05:16 PM
Can someone say LookSmart?
Posted 26 January 2006 - 11:59 PM
But it does irritate me that I was an editor there and really built up a local directory section (not my own sites) and all those hours of work are gone. So much for the "working together to build a great directory" thing.
I just think it's a very poor business model- especially when the footer ads now link to a PPC search engine featuring debt solutions and credit card ads... yuk.
Posted 27 January 2006 - 12:44 AM
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Posted 27 January 2006 - 09:53 AM
If you want, you can send me the info and I'll add it for you.
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