|Yahoo closes directory listings in UK|
No more UK Yahoo Directory listings
Does it matter ?
I hadn't realised that they had kept it running for all this time.
Ack, that's too bad. It'll still be available at http://dir.yahoo.com/Regional/Countries/United_Kingdom/
On the glass half full side, the only difference is that it won't be on a uk subdirectory so the URL is actually shorter now. From the glass half empty perspective, probably some of the existing link equity is going to disappear.
From that page...
|If you choose to maintain your listing, your site will still be listed in the Yahoo! Directory. |
Does it matter? I think it does, but it certainly doesn't have the weight it used to have. Again, another resource wasted, imho, although that rot stared a long time back.
Human edited link directories died when Dmoz died.. sometime around 2006 ;)
Human edited/added links started to die when they became like SEO currency, as ranking fuel, and then linking was dealt a near fatal blow when links were reconceptualized "as like life blood, i.e., link juice", to be conserved as if life itself depended on not linking out.
That anyone should snigger or suggest that the loss of another path - ANY LINK - to a website is of no consequence makes that person's thinking a bit like the rabbit who sits in the pot, relaxing, as the temperature is slowly raised to a boil. What great irony, benefit to search engines, and tragedy that building paths, bridges, highways . . traffic . . by linking should fall into disfavor or disrepair, by the slow boiling of webmaster's minds.
"For whom does the bell toll" [en.wikipedia.org...] . when another link path is lost - be that path or source of links called a "directory link" - or any other of the many types of once prevalent yet slowly disappearing linking behaviors?
It tolls for thee.
You can read your euology here [webmasterworld.com...] and here [webmasterworld.com...] .
@webwork: your wikipedia link does not work.
I am not sure that the devaluing of directories necessarily means that linking in general is going to fall into disfavour.
Most people still link out from in-house content, its UGC sites (like this one) that try to hide links.
I now think that the fame of serious search engines like Google an Bing is making life difficult for directories,
A yellow pages book or website is a better place to find services than any search engine to date, IMHO, yet, it does seem that people have becomed so accustomed to reaching out for a search engine, that the Yellow pages or directory habit may well be fading.