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What makes the best directory?

I want to build the best

7:39 pm on Mar 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I want to build the best – most webmaster friendly niche directory on the web.

It will be new so I won’t have much to offer by way of page rank.
This is my plan:

Obviously buy a url related to the niche market
Do away with hierarchy completely – no categories
Pages 1 level deep relating to a specific key phrase
Only links including or closely related to that key phrase will be allowed
If possible I don’t want to insist on a reciprocal link.
Maximum 50 links per page for obvious reasons
Have a search engine over it to send visitors to added sites
Maximum 50 key phrase pages on the site.
And make it Free

I am a little concerned about having no reciprocal links, is it really that bad to have lots of outbound links and not so many inbound ones?

I’m hoping the pages will rank well for their “hub” qualities so that I can send some visitors on.

That’s what I would like from a directory but is there something else I could do to make it better?

Or is the idea a non starter for some reason?

Any advice greatly appreciated


1:02 pm on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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No categories? I don't quite get that point. How do you organize a subject without a taxonomy=categorization?

Inbound links would hopefully follow development as people provide links on their websites to a useful tool = your directory.

Why would I find your directory more useful or helpful than any other covering the same subject matter? Tell me, please.

How would I find your directory if there are no inbound links? By a search engine? Why would a search engine rank your website if there are no inbound links?

1:30 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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"Maximum 50 links per page for obvious reasons"

The obvious reason being that you want to provide your users with limited information? Or that you want to provide the most juice you can to webmasters?

If you are building it for the webmaster, you are off on the wrong foot.

Reciprocal links smell... bad. Don't request them at all, let alone make them mandatory. Unless you are trying to build a big link farm. If people like your resource, they'll link to it. If not, they won't.

And how do you plan on building a directory without any categories? How will you classify the sites?