I want to build the best – most webmaster friendly niche directory on the web.
It will be new so I won’t have much to offer by way of page rank. This is my plan:
Obviously buy a url related to the niche market Do away with hierarchy completely – no categories Pages 1 level deep relating to a specific key phrase Only links including or closely related to that key phrase will be allowed If possible I don’t want to insist on a reciprocal link. Maximum 50 links per page for obvious reasons Have a search engine over it to send visitors to added sites Maximum 50 key phrase pages on the site. And make it Free
I am a little concerned about having no reciprocal links, is it really that bad to have lots of outbound links and not so many inbound ones?
I’m hoping the pages will rank well for their “hub” qualities so that I can send some visitors on.
That’s what I would like from a directory but is there something else I could do to make it better?
The obvious reason being that you want to provide your users with limited information? Or that you want to provide the most juice you can to webmasters?
If you are building it for the webmaster, you are off on the wrong foot.
Reciprocal links smell... bad. Don't request them at all, let alone make them mandatory. Unless you are trying to build a big link farm. If people like your resource, they'll link to it. If not, they won't.
And how do you plan on building a directory without any categories? How will you classify the sites?