The bid directories I am seeing on the web are obviously targeted to webmasters for SEO purposes and seem to attract many gambling websites. I'm interested in creating a bidding directory for use in a different way.
I'm considering putting together a nicely-designed directory that is geared towards a single type of merchandise. (I won't be specific as I'm trying not to let the word get out - it is not a questionable line of business)
My goal would be to get merchants with product websites to bid for listings on my directory so that they can get people to click through to their site. I know that I can get some decent traffic to the directory.
Does anyone know of a directory that uses the bidding model and targets product vendors, rather than webmasters looking for SEO? I'm looking to see if anyone else has had success doing this.
Any thoughts on my business model in general?
Sorry for such a long first post - just trying to be clear. I couldn't seem to find anything on this topic in my searches. I'll certainly try to contribute to the forum if I can be of service.
Google doesn't like paid links that pass PageRank, but they're OK with well-edited directories that charge a review fee for listing and show evidence of good organization and quality control. Passing PR is then OK.
Bidding for listings sounds like bidding for placement of paid links without any suggestion of review at all.
All that said, there are directories which are apparently OK with Google, whose premium listings might be construed as bidding for better placement.
You are probably outdated, i have several bidding directories and most of them have already dropped the pr for a while, and i also knew majority bidding directories also become zero pr. anyway i have given away the business, good luck for you.