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I am looking to promote my new web site. I currently have the site listed in yahoo and dmoz. Now i am looking to build more links and i have noticed web directory submission sites claiming to submit to loads od directories. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Hi, how long before your site got listed on dmoz and yahoo? I've submitted my site to dmoz and yahoo for more than 2 months now. Am I safe to assume that my site has been rejected?
How many pages are there on your entire website?
I paid for yahoo and dmoz i submitted it to where i live rather than category, i was in with in couple days. There are 9 pages on my site.
its takes 7 days in yahoo if you use site.explorer with rss feed. file
It often takes several months, up to 6 months in some parts of dmoz to get added. Some editors are much quicker, but I wouldn't despair after just 2 months.
The "we'll submit you to 78 directories" offer isn't one I've seen good results from. The directories they might get you into seem to be poor, (if you actually get into any) and the cheap automated pitch doesn't seem to work for the high quality directories.
To find a few nice sites to list on, search on your keywords and look around for a good one that has a path to get listed. Or, search for keyword add url or keyword keyword2 submit url (or link) and follow the instructions only for the better ones.
|i have noticed web directory submission sites claiming to submit to loads od directories. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? |
You do need to be careful. One school of thought says 'go for it, what harm can it do'; and provided you DO NOT ever link back (neither appropriate or necessary for directories), your risks are negligable.
But I'd argue 'so are your benefits' - 99% of the submission services submit one clone submission to many mostly cr*p directories. In my view, a handful of hand crafted submissions to quality directories would be a much more useful move, both for SEO and human referrals.
Every quality directory has their own guidelines, which you need to follow; many will reject applications to the wrong category - so a 'service' may dirty the waters for you as regards quality directories.
I'm not going to say too much on this because I like the fact that most webmasters are clueless. I'm only going to say 2 words on the subject.
Anchor text is a waste of time. It will no more drive a 1000 visitors to a website, than the hoards of webmaster directories can - that rely on anchor text themselves.
Most of these 'directories' are very small time and only use SEO, because of very low budgets - so why bother with small fry, when you can use the niche/specialised ones.
The large company Directories have value (ones that are backed/financed) - don't get me wrong, but they aren't tools for SEO people, as the larger ones are proper businesses and don't like webmasters. Once they get their index filled, they will begin prevention strategies to de-index, and only index genuine businesses - just like Google is doing. Some are doing that already.
Let's not forget the major attraction of directories, which is the one-way link they provide, and the directories know this, they know people are desperate for links and they will all start charging quite hefty fees.
Seo is old news now, just like general sites etc, together with the fees that can be made, is the reason why SEO is pretty much over. The free search engine results isn't worth squat anymore - paid is the new free!
Companies are constantly offering new improved methods to attract punters eg: Pay Per Month, so it's easier than ever to test campaigns without losing the shirt off your back.
Quality Directory links are cheap and cheerful, and not half bad, so why waste time messing about with some half dead technique, when a few decent paid links does the job much better.
Hasn't it occured to the webmaster community yet, that people shy away from things that look like scams, adsense or link collectors. If it has, then why is SEO still being discussed - look, people know about directories, and they know that having tons of conflicting anchor text doesn't actually make much difference to the traffic aspect, ok disagree here, but it's old hat folks, and there are better ideas for promotion than paying fortunes to get every page of your site finely tuned, to be at the mercy of the engines.
Better techniques out there.
And seeing as the many directories out there will delete keyword stuffed descriptions, it will fail anyway. Trust me on this...
HelpingHand: Wow. Thats all I can say.
I simply have no time or tolerance for ignorance.
nuclei, getting confrontational won't get you any help from me.
Search engines are designed so that the most decent ad tools deliver the best targeted traffic. This is how they make money, and also proves how bad the serps really are.
The free entries in engines are next to useless. I only broke 2000 visitors this month, and that's from what the so called free serps send me, and that's not great. But then again I don't rely on them either - I'm too smart.
2000ish visitors is about as much as I can muster from this SEO thing and the engines, but I know I can get triple that from real advertising. So it proves that paid advertising works and is superior - it might cost, but it delivers results.
Free is useless if it doesn't give results. Ignorance is those that keep flogging a dead horse, and never learn from it's constant failure.
Do you know how the serps work, and I don't mean that it lists for free! How many web pages in the serps? 2 billion pages, well lets say 2 billion for arguments sake. That's too many for any to stand out, and it doesn't matter what keywords you have SEO'd, because your site is buried amongst those 4 million others who SEO'd too. You ain't standing out - know what I mean.
I know the games that search engines play, so I'd appreciate it if you didn't call me ignorant.
Helpinghand the more you talk the more you show your ignorance. The organic results get way more clicks than PPC results. They convert very well. 2000 clicks in a month shows that you don't rank for anything good. Come back and say that when you get 2000 clicks in one month from one keyword. You are making statements in an area you know nothing about. I agree no site should base their business model on organic search results or any one source. If you know what you are doing you can make a lot of money from organic results you just have to rank at the top for that to make a difference.
HelpingHand: It is very apparent that you do not know much about this industry or anyone in it. I do not recall ever having asked you for any help or anything else for that matter, nor do I have any reason to do so based upon your grossly ignorant statements in this thread.
I have not gotten confronational in the least. If I had, trust me, you would know it. I simply stated my thoughts, which were basically, "wow".
Don't let the forum "junior member" tag fool you. That simply means I do not post unless I have something I feel like saying. I have been marketing online since altavista was king.
I will agree with David Ogletree however that if the best you can do is 2000 visitors from the organic results, then it is not organic that is at fault. It is your own inability to rank for decent keywords. In my opinion, in this particular situation, ignorance is the guy who simply can not rank decently due to his own inabilities saying SEO is dead or sucks.
I think this topic is wandering very far away from the original question. We should probably attempt to steer is back...
Stevelibby: I don't bother with those "submit to a bazillion directories" things because I think most of the directories they submit to are kinda worthless.
Have you tried writing press releases and putting them out on PRWeb or something like that? Do you have an RSS feed for the site you're working on? There are tons of things you can do to help build backlinks organically. (Maybe try some social?)
Helpinghand: Wow. Not real sure where to start (or stop for that matter)... I'm very sorry you're not having much luck with organic search, but your experience doesn't seem to jive with pretty much all of the studies out there that show users click on organic listings at much higher rate than the paid listings.
SEO is not over, and it's still very necessary. Perhaps you'd like to start your own topic to have this debate (so this doesn't end up highjacking stevelibby's thread).
Hi Steve, as long as its a case of 1 small aspect of your , campaign , it should be okay, some of those directories may grow up to become serious players,
I actually think that all links count, ,,
the more links you have, the better,,
research the term long tail
|2000 clicks in a month shows that you don't rank for anything good. |
Actually, I rank in the top 20 in Yahoo.com for 4 of my keywords. These are the top keywords in my industry.
Not too shabby..
Just do a search in your favorite SE for your keyword phrase and the word directory. Switch the results layout to 100 per page. That's your starting point on where you should be promoting your site. If there aren't any directories in those first 100 SERPs, then you are probably good to go with just Yahoo! and dMoz. You might want to include BOTW in there too just for good measure.
P.S. Your ultimate goal should be a Wiki entry. :)
PageOneResults: You forgot business.com :)
HelpingHand: Yahoo? Nuff said.
While Yahoo is one of the big 3, it does not send much traffic anymore. In order for your statement to be valid that you know SEO well, and that it does not bring traffic, you will need to be able to rank for competitive keywords in google. Note that when people mention the words "competitive" and "searched for" they are not talking about keywords that get hardly any searches. I can rank in days in yahoo or msn for "lkdardfghdsfjk" and "iqrwthjrhjdw", then come here and say SEO sucks cause they aint sending me any traffic. That would elicit the same responses you are getting now. Please learn before trying to teach, you are not ready yet.
Thought we were talking about Directory submission?
Seeing as these directories are so heavily seo'd, surely if I were to get listed in the majority, then I don't need to worry about my site being that seo'd right. This is what directories are used for right.
I thought search engines penalise for over the top keyword manipulation. Seems to me that these directories do a lot of keyword stuffing, and that can't be a wise move.
In any case, folks should be submitting for links and not seo driven link dumps. I understand Google frowns upon that too - have I left anything out.
The link is the real value here - yes I'm sure I read that here somewhere.
Links are links. They help build a sites aggregate link popularity. However the real value is, as David said above, anchor text. Directory links work just fine. Business.com is a directory, as is DMOZ, and the yahoo directory. There are also many other decent directories.
|I thought search engines penalise for over the top keyword manipulation |
Identical anchor text across virtually all links has been a suicide note (or at least a "Google attention-seeking act") for almost two years.
Obsessively clinging to one anchor text phrase is pretty loopy (except for one-phrase .info sites), on the simple basis that not every visitor shares that obsession.
Hopefully, the site contains enough unique, interesting, useful content to support more than one phrase. Some sites don't, of course.
But hey, 2005 was a good year; don't knock it. ;)
[edited by: Quadrille at 1:41 pm (utc) on May 22, 2007]
Ahhh - had a thought. Besides links, I usually pick pretty cool domain names, and am wondering if this can give a site the edge.
Erm, say we have 2 sites. Now one domain is www.coolsite.com but the other is www.naffsite.com - surely my domain will sell me, and that is worth more than a bunch of directory links or seo can ever do for me. I figure the site name will get into the minds of visitors, so I don't have to worry about promotion much.
I don't plan to rely much on search engines/directories or SEO for my traffic, but more on 'out of the box' methods. And I see a good domain as just one of those underused methods. Everything helps.
Ok, I have links, but I don't relish the prospect of trading these for the rest of my life, for the pittance of traffic these directories send me. I'd have to check which directories send me most traffic, but it's not many of them.
Anyone else care to rate directory links as a traffic booster/driver?
[edited by: Helpinghand at 5:33 pm (utc) on May 22, 2007]
|Anyone else care to rate directory links as a traffic booster/driver? |
The benefits of a quality directory link are far reaching. I don't think I could provide a viable rating system but I can tell you that when you look at the overall picture (the forest through the trees), researching a "few" quality directory links would be in your favor.
Again, the litmus test...
Search for your keyword phrase plus "directory". Change SERPs layout to 100 per page. Not there? Don't worry about it. Check again in 3, 6 and 9 month intervals. There are directories that were launched quite a while ago that are just now establishing trust and will now start appearing in those top 100 SERPs. You have to find those gems and pursue them.
I like to do things personally by hand. It's the only way to account for quality. A directory submission service will sell you what you want, but what you want isn't neccessarily what you need.
A directory submission service isn't going to get rich submitting your site to DMOZ, Yahoo Directory, and three or five more directories. What's going to fly off the shelf is 100 links from 100 directories at a crazy-stupid price you'd be a fool not to pay. But that's not what you need.
Yes, you need to separate 'directories' - mostly link farms or scams, from Quality Directories - which are few and far between, but can give serious referrals as well as genuine SEO help; quality directories are recognised by SEs, as they have reviewed and approved a site; a genuine, reliable, human, recommendation.
Within that group, niche directories - depending on your niche - can be a serious boost to your site (povided it's a good one!).
As you say, every bit helps - and quality directories will help MUCH more than a snappy domain name, simply because, for most sites, domain names are just not typed in; they are clicked. So whether it's 'cool.com' or 'cool-ish.com' really won't make very much difference.
From your other posts and the fact that you said "trade" tells me that you equate directory links to reciprocal links. That is not what directory links are. Reciprocal links in mass is a dead strategy. Reciprocal links obtained manually with real sites in your area is a good idea. If you pick any one link strategy and only do that you will not do very well and might even get a penalty.
... and no quality directory will ever ask for a reciprocal link; it's neither appropriate or sensible, and is a tell-tale sign of a wannabe directory.
BTW, another warning sign is when they call themselves a 'link directory' - one step away from link farm, and smells much the same.
I treat directories like I treat any other link. Check the site out, check the quality, age, backlinks, outlinks, trust, traffic, relevance, and so on. If it all smells OK, it's a good directory. If it falls down on those things, then I'd decline a link from there just as I would any other site that doesn't hold up.
|P.S. Your ultimate goal should be a Wiki entry. :) |
How to get a wiki entry?
You can go add one yourself. But don't waste your time. Since you can add it yourself, well, everyone does. So the place is full of either self promotion masked as authorities, and juvenile vandals who spend their day destroying articles. You'll be wasting your time.
A while ago I began swapping links with directories, and although I had some traffic from them, nothing came from it. I did lose 300 links recently, and it's my guess that these directories removed me to gain an advantage.
So what I've done is to remove all my webmaster directories links, and hope this redeems my site with the major engines. The whole experience has now made me very wary of all general anything that calls itself 'a directory' and can never trust one again.
I find it shocking that this practise of first linking, then removing links goes on. They must think I won't check my links or something, oh well, they'll get a nasty shock when they check theirs.
Why can't people be nice to each other. jeeze.
[edited by: Helpinghand at 1:13 am (utc) on May 25, 2007]
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