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Do Web Directories Still Work?

Posted by Non-Hamster on August 29th, 2009

The reason I'm asking that question is because last January, as part of my never ending effort to both squeeze some dollars out of the Internet and to provide a search engine friendly directory that people could use to help build their inbound links, I created a web directory of my own.

The idea was simple, a simple directory sorted by categories with both a free listing option and a paid listing option.  Now I am not a hamster, I'm fully aware that when it comes to directory submissions, most people will usually opt for the free listings and I'm fine with that.

The free listings do require a reciprocal link but that's a minor issue and only means taking a few seconds to paste some pre-written code on the homepage of your site.  Those links help the directory gain authority in search engines which is then passed on to the sites listed in the directory. This way everybody wins.  The directory gains inbound links from free users and all users gain an inbound link from the directory.

Free submissions can take up to several weeks to be verified and approved, paid submissions are verified and approved much faster.  In addition to that, paid submissions get additional exposure as featured links.

Technorati Tags: featured listing, free listing, links, link building, visibility, search engines, seo, free submissions, reciprocal link, free links

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