Was wondering if anyone could share some information on starting a directory site for a certain niche market. What I have in mind is first to start offering free listings, but eventually if the site got popular enough start doing a paid per inclusion model. I do not know if that is practical or not yet, we shall see.
What are some key points to go about getting links to the site, a high PR, etc. Currently there is really only one other directory for this niche with PR of 6, so hopefully it won't be too hard to surpass them.
What are the best ways of making some good money off of a directory site, some key points and anything else that might be helpful.
Running a web directory is very possible. You are right to operate within a niche, especialy if you have an interest in the topic.
The hardest part is getting started. I have been involved with directories since 1999 and I think it is even harder now than it was then but the principles are the same.
The first descision you need to make is what software you are going to use to manage your directory. Today there is a gread deal of choice available to you. If I where you I would test drive as many as possible before actualy launching your site. I dont want to make any recomendations to you becase it is all a matter of personal choice as to what software you run with.
Once you have choosen your software or scripts and have installed them on your server you have a web directory, but... it's empty and no one knows about it. If I where you I would seed the directory with a fairly large number of sites to get it started. This makes the directory usable for anyone that finds it and also greatly speeds up the directory building process. Through time you will find a growing number of suggestions for inclusion will be received.. that is if you allow user contributions.
The biggest problem with running any form of directory is "link rot" this is a term coined to refer to dead links. It is pretty importaint that you regulary clean the directory out and remove any changed or broken links.