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Does "Best of the Web" pass any link juice?

     
3:07 pm on Dec 1, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Hi, we all know BOTW.

Others say that it has been "nofollowed" since a few years back.

However, does any SEO professional recommend this directory these days?

Sure, everyone wants a handful of nofollows in their link graph, :-) , but is there any ranking or traffic value to BOTW beyond that?

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5:29 pm on Dec 1, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I don't see any rel=nofollow on their links.

Traffic value: unlikely. Ranking value: maybe, maybe not, it's very difficult to say.



[edited by: not2easy at 9:11 pm (utc) on Dec 1, 2016]
[edit reason] preferred replacement [/edit]

10:15 pm on Feb 20, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I checked: 1 user in the past 18 months. And I have at least three links in there for that site.
12:09 pm on Feb 21, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Off-topic, I am old enough to remember Yahoo's web directory, simply by being listed there, was generating most of your traffic.
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I don't see any rel=nofollow on their links.
It can be done in the software just like here.

I thought link juice was devalued years ago for directories when everyone got rid of their reciprocal links pages. Then again 2 years ago (can't remember all the Google algo update names.)

Yes Dimitri, I remember Yahoo's Directory. It was a must at one time. When I tried to get in, they charged $300 per year, then quickly changed it to $300 per 6 months. This was for .com's so I started using .net and got in for free. I still use .net. It has its advantages.
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I remember when some directories didn't even guarantee acceptance. You paid a load of money for consideration and then they said nope, you're not getting in!
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In "my time", it was free to get listed at Yahoo's directory :))
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Yes it eventually became free which upset those that had to pay.
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I remember when some directories didn't even guarantee acceptance. You paid a load of money for consideration and then they said nope, you're not getting in!

In theory you can get rejected for a paid submission to BOTW but, while I admit to never paying much attention to that particular site, I've never heard of it happening. The categories I have looked at are moribund and not useful to and end-user, and it's difficult for me to believe that they offer any appreciable link juice.