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Need Suggestions For Directory Seed Data Sources

Free Sources, Shared Revenue Sources, Paid Sources?

     
4:26 pm on Jul 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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In the past, when I investigated data / backfill data sources, the data presented two problems: it was either costly or the quality was dubious at best.

I once fancied the idea that some of the larger providers might make their "expensive data" available on a revenue sharing basis. When I made inquiries, the conversation never advanced. Too bad, as it appears some are withering for wont of revenue.

What I'm looking for is mostly curated "seed data" in various verticals, free or low cost or rev share.
7:13 pm on July 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

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DMOZ.org? The RDF dump of the Open Directory database is available for download. Link and supporting docs [dmoz.org ]

There are a few Firefox plug-ins that allow link harvesting on a page by page basis.

Xenu and some other link checkers can also output a list of URLS as well.
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If it's not as easy as just Googling some companies, and current data providers won't do it, then perhaps the best way to get 'real' data is a local phone book and a telemarketer calling businesses to gather information.

It's also a good time for the telemarketer to upsell the business from their 'free listing' to an enhanced listing.
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DMOZ.org? The RDF dump of the Open Directory database is available for download. Link and supporting docs


I wouldn't touch that full of dead links and useless sites data.

@wheel is right, using Google might give better results even if that method is much more tedious and time consuming where as in the end one at least will get stuff that will suit his needs.

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