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What is the best tool or method for submitting to multiple directories?
Moderator Note: This thread is an exception to the rule, so pile on! :0)
Kongen




msg:3554521
 2:09 pm on Jan 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've stumbled upon a product that submits our website to alot of directories. I have not been able to find one single review (alarm going off?), so I wanted to ask you if you have any experience with the product All Submitter?

Does it work?

Do these tools work in general?

Is it just as easy to do manually?

Thanks in advance.

 

Webwork




msg:3554831
 6:15 pm on Jan 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Alrighty . . Normally I'd nuke this topic, as directories and directory submission is an area of considerable promotion (forum spamming) but every once in awhile we break the rules.

Ground Rules for this Thread:

Don't just say "XYZ Company" or "ABC software" is the best. State in detail what makes it better than others. Simple hotlinks, without details, will be removed.

This is not a thread to debate the merits of submitting to multiple directories. This is NOT a thread to name your favorite directory.

This is simply about the best way to execute a certain strategy: IF you think it is in your interest to submit your website to multiple "listing sites" - be they websites that call themselves "a directory" or simply a website that incorporates a noteworthy directory - WHAT are the best ways of hitting them all.

Allow me to start with the thought: IF you are going this route do you think it's wise to submit the exact same "listing information" to all 7,893 directories . . OR should the information vary a bit?

Same anchor text or varied?

Vary anchor text by theme of the directory or related website?

JUST BECAUSE you can submit to all 9,468 directories "for a fee" should you?

I'm not overly impressed with the shotgun approach to link building BUT WHAT'S THE BEST anyone can do with this model or approach - other than "don't do it"?

[edited by: Webwork at 10:38 pm (utc) on Jan. 28, 2008]

Rosalind




msg:3556867
 2:29 pm on Jan 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Allow me to start with the thought: IF you are going this route do you think it's wise to submit the exact same "listing information" to all 7,893 directories . . OR should the information vary a bit?

Same anchor text or varied?

Vary anchor text by theme of the directory or related website?

Varied, because otherwise you risk creating a lot of duplicate content, especially when you end up submitting to sparsely-populated categories where you could be the only submitter. I get a lot of directory submissions which use the same text as the website's homepage. In theory, you could knock your own index page out of the SE's index by doing this, if you copy enough text and the directory page is more important and was indexed earlier than your own.

JUST BECAUSE you can submit to all 9,468 directories "for a fee" should you?

I'm not overly impressed with the shotgun approach to link building BUT WHAT'S THE BEST anyone can do with this model or approach - other than "don't do it"?

I've got to agree with that, I don't like it either. The best approach is semi-automatic, where you use a tool to help you fill in the forms. There are a few Firefox plugins for this. This saves you copy-and-paste time, but you don't miss out the essential step of visiting the submission page and checking the guidelines, and also varying some of the fields.

AllSubmitter seems to suggest that you can use it in a semi-automated as well as a fully automated way, so there are probably good and bad ways to use this tool.

centime




msg:3559904
 6:36 pm on Jan 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

I think one of the most remarkable lost opportunities websites incurr is failing to make unique submissions to directories,

The same lost opportunity applies to directories, as they fill up with virtually useless duplicated content,

Yet, alas, one always feels the need to submit to as many directories as one can

Ultimately, a balance has to be struck between submission to as many directories as you can, and making unique submissions

wheel




msg:3560796
 12:47 pm on Jan 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Well, I had a customer ask me to submit to a bunch of directories last year. I submitted them manually and did use some common sense. Checked the backlinks to the directory, ensured varied anchor text, got some directories that do deep linking, so on.

About a year later, maybe a bit less, this brand new site is starting to crawl up in the serps. It's not setting the world on fire, but it is becoming visible. I'm a bit surprised given that it was a newly registered domain and the only thing I did was directory submission.

incrediBILL




msg:3603727
 6:02 am on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

I actually block all automated submission tools simply because most of them are used to submit off topic junk to my niche site and for many of the reasons Webwork mentioned.

I also block anything coming from Google using a query "add url" or "submit url" or other keywords that typically result in junk.

Submit to the directories manually because you might find out that many of those directories aren't places you would even want your site associated with if you spent 5 seconds to look around.

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