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[edited by: Webwork at 5:24 pm (utc) on Oct. 8, 2006]
So ..is there any future for general directories ..or are "locals" going to take over ..how does one define a directory ..
and how do you avoid them becoming natural recip link farms?
is "niche"... nicer?
adsense ..or pay for inclusion ..?
It appears to me that the future is still bright for directories, particularly for vertical/niche directories.
Google has stated that they do not consider themselves to be a content company -- just a search company enabling users to find content. As such, they *need* the vertical/niche directories' content to build applications around.
Directories which build more content around listings beyond mere Name + Description + Contact info would seem to have a decided advantage in this business. Adding features such as ranking criteria, user ratings of the listing, and other contextual information that's salient about the type of business -- these are going to be the differentiators.
Will there be eventual collapsing or merging of niche directories? Probably at some point, but it looks like that point is still quite a ways away.