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Using directory submissions sites

Is this a good or bad idea?

   
8:17 am on Jun 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Just finished web site and I am ready to start submitting to the directories.
I notice there are several services that will submit to the minor directories
for approx. $ 10.00 for 250 2nd and 3rd tier directories(and lower)
My thought was to use that as a trial to see how many visitors I could pull
before submitting to the big three, G/Y/MSN. Also to see if keywords are working and if any changes need to be made to any part of the site.
Never tried this before and want to make sure I don't shoot myself in the foot.
Final goal is an Adword/affiliate site. Any advice would be appreciated!Thanks!
5:30 pm on Jun 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Folks, I've allowed this to go live with some trepidation. Let's talk about the benefits or detriments of directory submission services in general. Let's not talk about any particular directory or directory submission service. Thanks.
5:41 pm on Jun 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Here's my feel on the myriad/plethora/abundance/overgrowth of directories out there.

About 95% of them are cr*p and are designed to:

a) harvest submission emails for spam
b) have user submitted content for adsense, etc.
c) earn some extra money for the "upgraded" listings
d) all of the above and then some.

If you do some research you will find most directories either have no internal PR (intentionally or unintentionally) or their links run through redirects designed not to pass PR/link juice.

Will they help your ranking? Maybe a smidge, but for the most part the vast majority of them are useless.

There are a handful of directories I've found (say 30-40) that seem to be worth much in terms of link value(don't ask which...lots of research time involved).

5:54 pm on Jun 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi King_fisher

IMHO, it really shouldn't do you any harm to submit via the submission service, but

You will get better results doing it yourself

You will probably not get much traffic from the directories themselves,

If your site is an affiliate site, the majority of established directories will probably reject your site immediately,

You will probably get a few acceptances, and if the directory is nurtured by the owner, then your link from that directory might become worthwhile within six months

However, if your site is definitely an adwords/affiliate site, perhaps you should consider using paid advertising options straight away

cheers