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Are directory links considered spam or otherwise devalued by search engines?

Is there evidence for a devaluing of directory links OR their heightened value?



1:45 pm on Jan 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Do search engines consider directory links spam?

If so, it would be interesting to hear the reasons why.

In my opinion, I think they CAN be spam, but are not necessarilym so. In other words, I don't think you can generalize.

[edited by: Webwork at 3:24 pm (utc) on Jan. 7, 2007]
[edit reason] Delinked and edited for focus [/edit]


7:39 pm on Jan 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The search engines will be using far far more sophisticated generalizations than "is a directory" -- and in fact they'll be using a completely different kind of generalization, since "is a directory" is not an automatically identifiable attribute of either a site or a page.


6:06 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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This issue is being addressed here:


[edited by: Webwork at 7:03 pm (utc) on Jan. 14, 2007]


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