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#1 DickLarkin

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Posted 06 August 2003 - 11:12 PM

I have a local Yellow Pages site that accepts submissions for local links of value.

The site is at www.usa-local-guide.com and lists all of the cities in the US.

Admittedly, the site is VERY UGLY (i did it myself), but it's in the process of looking much better.

It's not like getting listed first on Google, but it beats a poke in the stick with a sharp eye.

#2 Scottie

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Posted 06 August 2003 - 11:24 PM

Welcome aboard Dick! :aloha:

You are too hard on yourself! It's a pretty nice site.

What's a little worrisome is that when you get to a city, you have to enter a query. That will stop a spider, so they won't find any links to your wonderful businesses.

How about making it a true directory where you can navigate all the way to a business without having to search?

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Posted 07 August 2003 - 12:54 PM

Dick is there any way to make this a fill-in form on the site rather than ask the business owner to send an email?

How can I add, change, or delete a business listing?
Write to bizupdates@switchboard.com and include: 



#4 DickLarkin

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Posted 28 October 2003 - 05:42 PM

Actually, there is a forms based mode making it easier.

for example, if your home city is Boston, you'd go to this URL

http://www.usa-local....com/MA/Boston/

and click on "add your site for free"

You'd be amazed at the traffic that these sites generate. We're seeing hundreds of thousands of monthly page views.

The spiders can follow the links through the main pages, and they do so regularly.

I have a programmer working on the base code, and then we'll have the graphics folks make it pretty.

Go to the main site . . .
http://www.usa-local-guide.com/
and select your state and then city.

It's been pretty amazing to me to see how many valid requests for links we receive each day.

My staff examines every site and rejects all junk, so the link directory is really pure.

For more of my tips, check out my newsletters at YPcommando.com

#5 awall19

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Posted 28 October 2003 - 06:22 PM

right now you do not have much popularity being new

to gain popularity you will either need to
1.)provide the best local search - overture and google are both tackling these right now and they have HUGE distribution
2.)create a buzz about your site
3.)provide some sort of added bonus to the visitors

currently it offers little incentive to sign up for since there are no text links leaving the site. if you provide these people will be more inclined to want to get a link from you

it will be hard to compete with the big guys for local search purposes - your best bet is to list unique stuff - or do a hell of a job in one city and then branch out from there - it is too huge of a market to have a comprehensive competitive product that is all manually reviewed




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