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How Many Qualified Directories Are There?


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#1 bobmeetin

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 10:59 AM

Yes I know this is a vague question, but a client wants to know what is reasonable to expect from his marketing specialist? He got a report that the man submitted the website to several hundred directories.

Having gone through many of the posts here, I see somewhere between 10-30 as reasonably recommended and several of those are paid submissions.



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Posted 29 March 2010 - 11:19 AM

If we're talking about general directories, I generally recommend about 5, maybe 10, and apart from the ODP, all of them charge a submission fee.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:14 PM

5-10 sounds very reasonable to me. Since the other 290 or so are not paid then is there any value in doing this - or - is it one of those things that sound good to a client when you put it to paper and/or are sitting across the conference table?

When I looked through HR and other sources for directories I checkmarked several paid directories that folks within this forum discussed.

#4 qwerty

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 05:49 PM

I charge by the hour, so the time it takes to determine which category would be best, make the submission, and then go back every week or so to check to see if the listing is in place is probably long enough to make it a waste of a client's money for me to submit to some junky directory.

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 12:09 PM

Are free directories worth submitting to? Also, which are the "quality" free directories?

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 12:33 PM

QUOTE(dseo2 @ Mar 30 2010, 11:09 AM) View Post
Are free directories worth submitting to? Also, which are the "quality" free directories?

Thank you!


I think this depends almost entirely on your position. If you're doing this for pay (you know SEO is a real job for many people) then pay heed to what qwerty said. However, if it's your business and you have time on your hands, then it's up to you. I estimate 5-15 minutes per submission alone, not including research.

I made up a list of directories, both free and paid, that I grabbed from a variety of sources including this forum. I would not call it qualified but is certainly a start and if anyone has positive/negative feedback on any of the entries I will make adjustments. Open Link Building Strategies and scroll well down to the section on Directories.

Yesterday one of my clients indicated that 'Total', I think, is trying to sell her a package for about $4000.

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 12:47 PM

Thanks bobmeetin!

I am new to SEO and have been hired by a company full-time to handle all of their marketing needs. Unfortunately, they do not have a very large marketing budget so I am trying to stick with the free directories as much as I can.

#8 Jill

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 02:12 PM

dseo2, please read the Tips for Newbies, as most of the questions you've been asking are covered there.




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