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Recently, a variety of bidding directories appeared, where the higher you bid, the higher you appear on your category's list. I certainly am not in the game of raising my bids, but I did place modest bids (1 to 3 dollars max.) on some of them. Can this type of submission harm my site in terms of SEO?
The more likely issue with bidding directories is (absence of) editorial control and a certain "air of pollution" that surrounds bidding directories arising from the activities of the bidding directory promoters-operators in forums and elsewhere.
To put it bluntly, they just feel icky.
A lot of them also seem to be still standing after last month G update (ie. they're not grey bared :)).
But I guess Webwork comments is very valid. No editorial review means that at some point they will get abused. And this will lead to G cracking down on them.
I'll do some further checks on the ones I 'shortlisted' tonight and if 'anything goes' I won't be submitting my site to them.
because they give highest billing to whomever pays the most, after reviewing all submissions,,
because you feel that directory owners being paragons of altruistic endevour really shouldn't charge for reviews
Because you believe that bidding systems are inherently icky
As you must appreciate , bidding directories are not exactly alone in their modus operandi
Obviously each directory has to be judged on its own merits. In part, that judgment may take into consideration the manner in which the directory - or the "category of directories" that it participates in - have been promoted. Unfortunately, a significant number of directory operators have failed to show a consistent pattern of discerning business judgment. Ergo, from time to time directories are swept clean from the SERPs or their listings may be subject to added scrutiny, etc.
We tread somewhat lightly in this forum since directory operators are somewhat famous for promoting their directories in other forums. GIven the limited additional value to be gained from a tit-for-tat dialogue that only reaches the obvious conclusion that not all directories are exactly alike I'm going to retire this thread.
Savvy webmasters will fashion their own judgment independent of what anyone says here about bid for placement directories.