Hi Mr Bo -
IMO that the Yahoo Directory factors greatly into Google's Rankings.
I just finished looking around at some of my competitors and couldn't find any decent backlinks except for the Yahoo directory listings.
Two distinct competitors competing in different areas against two different sites of mine. Same answer for both of them.
And now I'm at the same place, wondering about the non-refundable 300 bucks (recurring every year too!)... And I'm curious if the directory editors even will allow in another company into the directory category or if because my competitor was first, he's got 'dibs'...
I wonder why google gives credit to yahoo directory which is a paid listing. Although google discourages paid links.
annoying that for my market they have the nerve to charge $600 - bloody joke
>>>I wonder why google gives credit to yahoo directory which is a paid listing.
The payment is for the review, not the listing.
>>>is this Yahoo directory listing still a good idea to assist with ranking well in Google?
If it hurts to pay that much then it's too much. There are plenty of free links to obtain in most industries, though not all. In which case three hundred bucks begins to look cheap.
I'm also at the 'reviewing' of Yahoo stage. As I'm already on G Page One without a PR, and with nearly no links to the pager in question, I consider it an expense I can do without.
Why does G value it so highly? If you've got 300 bucks to spend on one site, you must be a serious business. And if you've got 600 to spend? It's a punishment for being in a business that everyone else only dreams of getting into! :)
>And if you've got 600 to spend? It's a punishment for being in a business that everyone else only dreams of getting into!
LOL trust me when you've seen one you've seen them all
Given the choice (chance?) I'd rather see 'em all. It's the one ocassion when I'd value quantity over quality !
Have a Merry Xmas!
You get listed in 10+ places with Y! Ca,yahoo.. ie.yahoo etc. I am glad I'm grandfathered, with 2 listings (one 301-ed to a subdomain) but it's good to have . Is it worth a dollar a day? I am glad I dont; have to make that decision.
I also paid for botw, a one time fee though. Google likes them because they do some editorializing and it helps Google classify sites out. Paid links yeah, but kinda earned due to their editorial input. I'm sure if they started to list everyone for $25 Google would react
I just canceled my Yahoo Dir listing a few days ago because it auto-renewed. IMHO I can't justify that link year after year when I see basically no traffic from it. Even though I can easily afford it I just can't stand the annual fee. I'd rather pay a one-time fee for a Dir listing.
I'm not saying it will hurt your site but I am now of the opinion that paid ANYTHING will not help you in Google.
I also just launched a niche definitive type of site on a subject I enjoy and it ranks top 100 out of tens of millions for its main keyword already. Judging by the speed at which the rankings improved I'd say there are many on-site things you can do that will get you a better return than to pay for a directory submission.
Actually judging by the results of this new site I wouldn't be surprised if links aren't as important as they once were.