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Directories Vs Search Engines
Posted 02 September 2003 - 12:54 PM
You can get on all the search engines without spending a cent - if the spiders get you. I submitted to google and dmoz, have about 10 good backlinks already, and have been picked up by most search engines, except msn, lycos and ask.
The quesiton is is it really worth the while paying $230 to looksmart and $300 to yahoo to get into their directories if one has already been spidered? Do the directories really matter much? eg go to business.com. If I want accounting software I'll type it into the search. It's too much of a mission going thru all the categories to find what you want.
Posted 02 September 2003 - 02:33 PM
Posted 02 September 2003 - 02:38 PM
I've found that Yahoo and Business.com are very good sources of traffic. I am going to test LookSmart (again) to see if I can show any justification for additional site submissions.
Posted 02 September 2003 - 02:38 PM
I can't recommend Looksmart, though.
Posted 02 September 2003 - 02:43 PM
There are also several types of directories - the ones like Yahoo and GoGuides, but also more vertical ones - the 411 directory, a link list on a reputable site, etc - people DO click on those.
Remember also - in many cases a good directory is in the top 10 for particular search terms - if you are near the top of that directory, then you now have shown up 2 times in the top ten ethically. One by yourself, and one piggybacked on another site.
Many people will skip clicking on a single website in the search results in favor of a listings guide (local directory,etc). It's good to be on both.
Posted 02 September 2003 - 03:56 PM
I've had some amazing results with seo - in the uk I'm already nos 1,1 and 6 on the three most important keywords for my site. That's out of 118000 results. For the whole web I am nos 2,3 and 52. That's out of 2.6 million results. With these sort of results maybe I do not need to bother about the directories? 200 pounds to go into yahoo.co.uk and then another $300 to yahoo.com is a bit steep.
Posted 02 September 2003 - 05:30 PM
No, you pay £200 once to Yahoo UK and they put you in Yahoo.com as well. It's a good deal - better than paying Yahoo.com annually!
Posted 02 September 2003 - 05:54 PM
I agree with Barry. At a £199 one-time-only listing fee, the Yahoo.co.uk directory is a bargain because you also get listed in Yahoo.com for free instead of paying the steep annual renewal fee.
Rumour has it that Yahoo.co.uk might change to the Yahoo.com model when it does the expected shake-down on the search engine side some time soon, so I'd get in quick while you can.
Posted 02 September 2003 - 07:25 PM
Nope! Darn. The PR would be for the right site but wrong URL. Oh Well.
Posted 06 December 2005 - 11:05 AM
Just so that I understand: The SEs crawl directories. Being listed in more directories gets your site crawled more frequently for keywords. But if Google, MSN and Yahoo are the defacto first choice for searches why does anyone use directories? I've been submitting to several, but I want to understand the logic behind it.
Posted 06 December 2005 - 12:04 PM
Although, there is some debate as to just how much a directory listing is worth these days. I believe that some are worth more (or less) than others.
Posted 06 December 2005 - 08:13 PM
But since not all sites are accepted in directories (say DMOZ) the mere listing of such sites in directories help validate the claim that these are quality sites and have the advantage over those which never get listed.
Posted 03 January 2006 - 12:12 AM
Posted 09 January 2006 - 11:15 PM
Posted 09 January 2006 - 11:38 PM
That said, they can certainly be a good starting point if you're looking for something very specific, especially if you're looking locally.
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