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What are the top directories a website should be listed in?

 1:02 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have been looking and can not find a good list of directories a website should be listed to, pay and free.

Here is what I know of so far.

Yahoo Directory (pay)
DMOZ (free)
Zeal (free)
Joeant (pay)

What are some other ones?



 1:13 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

GoGuides (free if you edit I think)

Can't think of many other important ones. GoGuides is good because it gets spidered and hence transfers PR.

DMOZ is still the daddy as that will effectively get you into about 10 other useful sites that use their data (including google directory).



 1:13 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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 3:15 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

JoeAnt.com is also free when you become an editor. No tests, just apply.

creative craig

 3:22 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Goguides is free even if you dont edit :) (I do)

<added> Not much PR though, the home page is only a 5 </added>



 3:45 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Not much PR though, the home page is only a 5

Homepage is a 6 according to my toolbar (don't ya just love google at the moment!). I'm sure it genuinely is a 6 - it was prior to dominic etc.

The cat. that my listing is in is a PR5 with only 4 other sites in there - a worthwhile link especially for a new site starting out.


creative craig

 3:55 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Home page was a 6 for a while then reverted back to a 5, if Google settles I think it will go back to 5 again.. but who knows :)


 3:59 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Oh well, be a shame if it settles on a PR5 homepage.

In any event, it is free, and it's still worth getting in whatever their PR is currently.

You never know where GoGuides will be in a couple of years time.


creative craig

 4:02 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have edited there for a while and also at the ODP, both are very good directories in my opinion :)


 4:18 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Submitting to Gimpsy is free - but the site must be interactive to qualify. PR of Home Page is 6.



 4:25 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'd like to get into Gimpsy, if only because I think they have a clever idea.

I wonder if could do a "How to use widgets" interactive guide and get that page linked?



 4:36 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

first time i been to the go guides homepage, gosh it hurts ya eyes

not very good colors to use in my opinion


 5:13 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Below is a decent list of sites for decent directories:




 8:18 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)


Gimpsy only accepts suggestions at a domain level, so it is quite tricky to submit a particular PAGE within a site. However, Gimpsy does not expect ALL the site to be interactive. For example, if a site sells widgets, there is no harm in providing extensive information about types of widgets, the origins of widgets etc. :)

If you suspect that the Gimpsy editor may not find the interactive aspect of the site - there is a field for free comments - you may use it for that purpose.



 2:15 am on Jun 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

Any opinions on Hotrate?


 6:28 pm on Jun 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

Seems a good directory. Some time ago they had a PR of 0 on the Home Page. You can still see the effect here:

However, it's now back (?) at 6, which is comforting.



 9:46 pm on Jun 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yahoo. DMOZ. Maybe Looksmart/Zeal.

Those are the only ones that really matter in the "general directory" category--and even then, they're useful more for PageRank (and getting your site crawled by Google) than for the number of referrals they're likely to send your way.

Don't overlook sites in your topic area, which may be more valuable (both in terms of referrals and Google PageRank) than low-level categories of the general-purpose directories like Yahoo and DMOZ.

The really useful links are the ones that you don't go looking for. You're unlikely to get a link from the top reference, media, and corporate sites by asking, but--at least if you have a "content site"--you may discover from your server logs that highly desirable sites have linked to you.


 5:52 pm on Jun 24, 2003 (gmt 0)


Hotrate entries only result in a dynamic url (right click on the link and select properties) such as:


So, any PR isn't going to your site, its being reflected back inwards around the Hotrate site. Great PR building internally for Hotrate, but not for your site.

Waste of space. Only any good if you value the visitors of Hotrate who may manually click into your site.

As for Google PR benefits, there dont seem to be any for your own site.

Many directories do this, in order to track click-outs, they lead into thier own analysis scripts, then out to the sites, but can Google really pass on that PR value to you? I very much doubt it. I'd love to be corrected on this, it would make proper link building so much easier.


 7:40 pm on Jun 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Many directories do this, in order to track click-outs, they lead into their own analysis scripts, then out to the sites,

Evidently, all the PPC directories MUST do that, but then you don't register with them for a PR :)

To my knowledge, all the other smaller directories mentioned here (Gimpsy, joeant, goguides) use a simple, strightforward link.

This is quite easy to check - just visit the site :)


 8:01 pm on Jun 24, 2003 (gmt 0)


goguides - good link
hotrate - no good link
Gimpsy - good link
josh.nu - no good link
somuch.com - no good link
linkopedia.com - good link
sunsteam.com - no good link
uknetguide.co.uk - no good link

We need to check each directory our carefully, unless as mentioned we desire the click-outs from the directory itself.


 8:36 pm on Jun 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hotrate has a new owner since March 1, 2003. The site was down for a while when the hard-coded programming was being moved from servers in Belgium to servers in the US and manually reconstructed.

They are currently converting the database and having a new Web site designed, and will be launched in August.

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