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Is there still a future for web directories?

     
6:08 am on May 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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what does everyone think?

is the gold rush really much over?

2:07 pm on May 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There's a bright future for quality directories; brighter now that people are beginning to learn that 'link directories (AKA spam directories), are a short ride to oblivion.

However, while the 'new build' rate has slowed down, there's still a lot of cr*p directories out there, waiting for the unwary.

Luckily, the unwary is a diminishing resource for the scammers.

But in the bright new world of constant change, a quality directory is a great - and safe - place to be; so they should remain optimistic and wait patiently ;)

2:10 pm on May 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Good niche directories continue to go strong. Well focused, human-edited, a few extra features make them the antidote to spam & mfa infested Google results.
2:20 pm on May 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Good niche directories continue to go strong.

Yes they do and the market is...

RIPE FOR THE PICKING!

One of the biggest problems I see with the many directories that have sprouted up over the years is that they all want to try and compete with dMoz. They are targeting a global market when they have no business in that market to begin with.

For example, I see a popular directory out there that has tens of thousands of stub pages indexed by the search engines, most are local pages. There used to be hundreds of thousands until the SEs started purging some of the junk. But, it appears that some of it is coming back into the index.

Personally, I feel the best directory is a niche one. I'll go one step further and say that local directories are the next wave. Actually, they have been. The local market appears to be untapped by many and if you follow Google, they are slowly infiltrating that market. So, if you are going to build a local directory, get in the game now before its too late.

And, for those directory owners who continue to fill the SEs indices with nothing but stubs, may the fleas of 1,000 camels infest your armpits. ;)

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8:43 pm on May 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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