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Directory Listing web site

 3:30 pm on Jun 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

Hi Guys,
I am planing to build a directory listing web site, where businesses and web sites owner can register their web sites
to get a free do follow link (like other directories as you know), can you recommend any web site where i can buy a complete template or CMS for directory listing.

any help would be much appreciated.




 11:50 pm on Jun 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

There are several Open Source solutions that you can get freely. Due to Google's recent changes towards links directories I would NOT purchase a domain/hosting/link program for this purpose at all.

I also would strongly advise against doing any sort of general web directory. A within your country regional specific or industry/niche specific *MAY* still be viable with LOTS of nurturing required to create/operate/sustain. The days of 'build it and they will come' are LONG gone (for directories) IMHO.

travelin cat

 3:31 pm on Jul 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

To answer the original question, Mosets Tree for Joomla is an excellent directory product. It's open source, as is Joomla, but they want you to purchase a year-long subscription for updates and tech support.


 1:23 pm on Aug 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

you may need to refer this site : [phplinkdirectory.com...]

Marketing Guy

 2:17 pm on Aug 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

Running a decent directory is a lot of hard work and very difficult to get off the ground, particularly if you are relying entirely on SEO as a traffic source.

That said, I wouldn't tell anyone to not do it - just don't expect it to be an easy ride. Creating and maintaining a solid directory can be a full time business and can be as difficult as building up and maintaining an active discussion forum or social network in many ways. If you think that you can grab a directory script and people will start submitting their websites, you'd be wrong.

I've run a small directory for over 10 years now - even though I've taken time to ensure all submissions are not spammy, the organic traffic is still tragic. I've also consultanted with a large directory (1 million+ visitors per month) - they put millions into getting that project off the ground and keep it running and have 30+ staff and 300 franchises across the UK.

In terms of software (assuming you don't want to get something built from scratch), php link directory is pretty basic and to be honest, it's somewhat synonymous with spam these days. eSyndicat is OK and worth a look at, but still lacks any serious advanced features. DirectoryPress for worpdress looks OK too - haven't tried it but thinking about checking it out. Haven't heard of Mosets Tree before, but it looks OK as well.

Oh and one tip - if PageRank or dofollow links factor into your sales pitch or strategy in any way = you're doomed! ;) There is zero point setting up a PR selling link directory these days - no one is touching them and Google will blitz it real fast. Think about adding value.


 3:55 pm on Aug 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

phplinkdirectory was the market leader when I looked into doing a directory five years ago, which comes with the advantage of a large community and good support as well as loads of add-ons.

More important than the choice of software will certainly be the marketing research to be done before you start - there are loads of directories out there and you need to offer a USP that allows you to stand out from the crowd. Good luck!


 11:47 am on Aug 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

I really would like to know, do any directories get organic traffic from search engines nowadays?

And in the UK, apart from Yell and thompsons, do any maintain a successfull marking campaign for direct visitors, there a couple out there that I watch with fascination as they clearly get the traffic but I not sure how

Software wise, I'd start with phplinkdirectory


 11:05 am on Aug 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

And in the UK, apart from Yell and thompsons, do any maintain a successfull marking campaign for direct visitors, there a couple out there that I watch with fascination as they clearly get the traffic but I not sure how

When you say traffic, it's very easy to get a ton of submitting traffic just by being on a few directory submission lists. That kind of traffic is useless for income on a free directory, and useless for value if you're selling listings. You can get a good idea of how much traffic is submitters on a UK directory by looking at the Alexa regional traffic ranks: most submissions come from India.

If that doesn't account for it, consider that some of them advertise in local papers.


 12:22 pm on Aug 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

I was referring to non-webmaster traffic, the directories I am watching don't focus on webmaster traffic

[edited by: ergophobe at 3:09 pm (utc) on Aug 12, 2012]
[edit reason] none -> non [/edit]


 11:47 am on Aug 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

I set up a small niche-link directory some years ago using phpdirectory, but never got any significant traffic on it - I used it as a tool to raise the usefulness of my website for my users, for this, I hope it did its job.


 8:34 am on Aug 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

do any directories get organic traffic from search engines nowadays?

Yes, but you have to cater to a specific niche. I don't use any CMS or directory template (all handcoded html). Lots of work to maintain, but it pays off.


 1:14 pm on Aug 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

Good one, onlineleben - I thank "manual labour" does pay off with directories and most other things that "normal" webmasters would always manage automatically.


 1:35 pm on Aug 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

I get the feeling you're referring to Google/bing/yahoo based traffic, how about off line advertising, promotions etc ?

Anyway, how does one Define pay off ?

I would find it very hard to scale up any product if its all hand crafted, especially in a really low margins environment like the web.

okay, I am aware that there are high margin areas, but i don't see directories falling into that category

I develop my own cms in addition to using a couple of popular 3rd party cms, can't see me returning to bulk hand coding links.

Actually I've been thinking that the key to SE traffic may well lie in the nature of the content, webmaster submissions which are almost always duplicate, poorly written, inadequate may not quite cut it

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