Didn't believe my eyes when searching at Dino-Online.de today: the directory is no more. Must have been taken down one of the last couple of days.
Dino maintained one of the largest and best estabilshed german directories, probably the eldest existing general interest catalogue as well. What a loss of information!
Now replaced by ODP. Obviously a cheaper solution as paying editors.
On the downside ( well, is there an upside?) another place to get a solid link for sites is gone. Traffic from Dino was nothing to get excited about and came mostly from their Fast driven websearch. But the well kept directory with fairly appropriate descriptions and good category titles was something I always went for to list sites in.
>traffic: To be honest I haven't seen much raffic coming from Dino directory listings. They have for a good while now defaulted search options to web search, which used to be Ink and a couple of months ago changed to Fast. So I suspect the traffic you are seeing has come from Fast listings. Now that is still up and running. It's just that the directory, which was the heart of Dino, has been thrown away and is now ODP.
From an SEO POV the directory was a plce to get a solid link, in a good environment. Not a traffic bringer.
Too sad, that again one of the quality directories is gone. As already stated, sites had good descriptions and therefore Dino was a good resource for research. where do we go now? I had some traffic to my main site, but when it became listed in Google, it vanished into the lower single digit percent ranges.
I actually emailed the Dino staff just a couple of weeks ago as part of some research for an online "Webkatalog" article I was writing, asking them when their "free site submission" url would be working again (it's been down for months claiming it will be "back soon")the reply I got was..
"Yes our technicians hope to get things fully working and available for free submission again soon.."
I smelled something funny then. I now know what it was .oO(bs) ;-)
I have now removed the article on them completely. I need to replace their directorry though, so what do you folks who know the german directories think I should replace them with. I've got so far... yahoo! allesklar odp web.de and bellnet
I need another directory folks :-) Any suggestions?