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Is it okay for a directory publisher to add companies to a new directory?

Or should I wait for companies to submit listings?

   
6:50 am on Jul 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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When starting a web directory is it ok to add listings of companies/websites to get it up and running or is it only the companies/websites themseleves that should add listings?

Thanks for your time

Simon

[edited by: Webwork at 12:45 pm (utc) on July 26, 2007]
[edit reason] Tidying up; See Charter [/edit]

2:21 pm on Jul 26, 2007 (gmt 0)



Hi,

Not sure if there is a legal rule that stops you adding sites. From a sales approach, it's probably better you contact and ask them if they want to be included.

Businesses are already hacked off with spamming, and if you start mass emailing, this could work against you big time.

1:17 am on Jul 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You may find that your listings are incomplete if you add things yourself (ie you'll have trouble with getting emails and contact names, and so on). But if you launch your directory empty, then it's a really bad experience for your visitors and it will discourage submitters.

Give yourself a reasonable target of links to add before you launch, a number based on what a visitor would find useful in your niche. 100 listings is a good number to shoot for if you deal with a narrow topic area. The broader your topic is, the more listings you will need to add. Avoid having empty categories as far as possible.

So not only is it okay to add companies, it's something that you have to do to have any reasonable chance of being taken seriously by visitors and submitters.

12:26 pm on Aug 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your responses
4:16 pm on Aug 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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there is nothing wrong with adding company sites to your directory, in fact it is the best thing you can do since you have full control of the sites that being placed in your directory.

Try adding high quality websites to your categories, sites that most visitors would recognize. This can help improve your submission rate since the submitters will not know if you added those sites or if those companies did in fact submit to your directory. It's a good way to get things started.

Hope that helps.

 

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