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Uknetguide.co.uk - is it worth the fee?

 10:46 pm on Sep 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

Is UKnetguide worth the fee for getting into the directory? Does it provide traffic? I've been trying to get on it by offering a reciprocal link but had no luck so far - they insist on a fee...



 1:44 am on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

How pricey is it?


 10:19 am on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

right now its 74.25+VAT one-time fee (and it used to be less)


 10:49 am on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

IMO you would be better off putting the money into something else


 11:03 am on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I randomly picked a site there and checked with Y! and G for the link, neither showed it.


 11:06 am on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

So it's probably about 90. hmmm It would depend on what you get. I'll have a look.

They are well known, but you'd be better off paying to get in MSN's small business directory. It's about 50!

creative craig

 2:54 pm on Sep 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

I can think of better ways to spend 80 on directory submissions.

I would look around before shelling out your cash.


 11:33 pm on Sep 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

MSN's small business directory's fee is $50 per annum, so it's not a fair comparison.

UKNetGuide's amount is a one-off submission fee, for life.

The $50 per annum could build up. After ten years its $500.

Obviously, though, it depends on traffic. Anybody know how much traffic UKNetGuide gets? They have recently bought Looksmart UK, but I don't believe that received much traffic either.

running scared

 8:48 am on Oct 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

This is one we have on our list of directories worth paying for.


 12:23 pm on Oct 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

It's got to be well worth 50 to get in MSN.

This netguide lot may be big, but that doesn't mean quality. I haven't used netguide so I don't know what the ROI might be, but it's attractive looking, full and updated, so it could be worth the 80?


 1:15 pm on Oct 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

I signed up a couple of domains a while back for the then 25 + VAT for a monthly review. Can;t say I have ever found the sites let alone getting traffic.

They are a nice site with plenty of potential between the 50 odd sub and real domains - but they always seem to display very similar sites with advertisers right up there at the top.

SO whether or not the 80 reflects the level of interest you'll receive I don't know!


 2:10 pm on Oct 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Netguide make a living out of:
1. CPC listings
2. CPA listings
3. PFI submissions

Doesn't take much to guess that your PFI submission will be buried pretty deep, I got a page 15 out of 16 pages of listings about 6 months ago for a PFI submission, traffic generated was, shall we say, a round number.


 4:47 pm on Oct 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

I hate sites like this. What is the point of giving the paid advertisers deep listings? I thought anything paid, got priority - and that means on any site!

If a company doesn't deliver (even to those that pay!) what hope is there for decent, fair priced exposure at all.

[edited by: IanTurner at 8:05 pm (utc) on Oct. 12, 2004]
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 8:12 pm on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

I agree. You have to pay a hefty fee - now it's nearly 120 - and then the PPI listings are burried where you can hardly find them. Number of PPC and CPA ads is phenomenal. Don't think people will use the directory if all they are confronted with is PPC and CPA ads.

Anybody receive significant traffic from their paid submissions to UKNetGuide?


 9:17 pm on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

It's quite a nice portal site. If they could get bigger, then they should do fine. It's not a case of if you pay the 99, that you'll get that back - it's about how much extra that 99 gets you.

Still the fee is way to expensive for just a very basic listing. The old story of that there are others about who only charge the 20 mark for a better return, still applies and I just feel that the majority of businesses will go for the better cheaper service every time. Just because something is expensive, doesn't make it better.....

We are in a world now where amazing things can be offered for less, at the same time some just want money. I can't speak for the entire web population though and don't have all the answers - well, not yet anyway.

I forget if they bought someone or someone bought them.

It can be tough to keep up with all these takovers and mergers lol.

It could be very good at some point.


 11:37 pm on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

"I forget if they bought someone or someone bought them."

They bought Looksmart.co.uk, so your submission fee includes their traffic as well.


 11:56 pm on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks. Yep I remember now lol. (ukdirectory's add url don't work)


 7:19 am on Oct 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

their traffic as well

So that's not too much then! LOL.

120 is too much for a site that makes it quite hard to find the non cpc and cpa deals - however I am sure they have implemnted for one of two reasons:

1. They don't want that many submissions so those that they do get are worth their while "authenticating"

2. With the brands associated with the site and prominently displayed they are hoping that the slightly dimmer website owner wants to be a part of it....

Very smart I thinks if they are making enough money already.

IMHO of course ;)


 7:46 am on Oct 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well I don't hink I'd be paying much for listings on UKnetguide, currently I have top spot on them for several keywords (through overture) and they get very few clicks compared to the other overture partners. They might get better of course, but I would think PPC might be a better option for that sort of expenditure.


 8:07 am on Oct 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

"With the brands associated with the site and prominently displayed they are hoping that the slightly dimmer website owner wants to be a part of it.... "

Yeah, it's only full of tools like find a loan or check flight info, BT etc - hardly any actual content at all. hmmm I'm not saying it ain't useful - just not fully a portal yet.

If you are going to have a portal site, then besides a directory, web search - you gotta have loads of content that keeps people coming back. It's okayish, but even some 2nd tier directories beat them on traffic count. Spend the cash elsewhere me thinks.

For now anyway.

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