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I'm wondering if the recent surge in paid directories may have caused Google to place less value on these. Honestly, most paid directories are nothing more than a paid link. No different than what Google has preached against.
I've also noticed many directory listings not showing up in backlinks of sites. These directories have one thing in common - they take money. Wondering if anyone else has seen this trend.
A niche directory that someone else has worked hard on to get good organic listings (or paid listings for that matter) may well be a bargain for someone that is looking for a boost in qualified traffic.
G may or may not value the links in a directory, but that seems like the wrong question to be asking. Is the directory giving you traffic?
many people claim magic filters of this sort or that, but the reality of it is that some people are still even doing well with guestbooks today.
Zeal was amazing...it was like you could hand edit top rankings in MSN for any term you wished.