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Traffic from Joe Ant, Gympsy and GoGuides

   
6:57 am on Apr 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Now when we have our site listed in DMOZ and Yahoo we will go after smaller directories.
We are listed in mostly all free directories, we also got free submission to Skaffe.
Now we are thinking of paid smaller directories. For start I would like to hear what kind of traffic (if any) people get from Joe Ant, Gympsy and GoGuides. They don't charge much but we don't want to just throw money away. We paid $300 for Yahoo yearly listing 2 months ago and that investment already paid off. Please let me know what is your experience (traffic) with directories I listed above. Also I'm not interested in any other directories at this moment.

Thank you.

Nalavanje

7:04 am on Apr 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Actually I would like to add Business directory to the list (Business not as the general term, but as a domain name).
2:41 pm on Apr 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I get the odd hit from Joe Ant, nothing from the rest.
4:46 pm on Apr 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Listed in GoGuides and get an occasional visitor from there.
5:27 pm on Apr 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Both Yahoo! and ODP have categories that list directories.

A search on Google for "add url" or "addurl" along with a few keywords will also bring up lots of sites and directories that accept submissions.

Every time there is a post looking for smaller directories we get a bunch of link drops to directories of questionable value and that in many cases appear to be self promotion.

In order to be metioned in the forums here (linked or unlinked), the directory should be well established, comprehensive (general directory should have 50k+ listings, specialized may have fewer), not an ODP clone or one where most of the directory is ODP listings, not be setup to advertise search engine marketing services, have a PageRank of at least 6, and not appear to be setup primarily to sell PageRank.

5:43 pm on Apr 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I get an occasional hit from Joeant and Skaffe every month.
For me, the residual traffic from spiders crawling the directories are the real advantage. Hits from the directories themselves are just a bonus.
8:57 pm on Apr 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thank you Skibum for pointing that out.

I'm not looking for any smaller directories. I just want to find out from people what kind of traffic (if any) they get from the directories I listed. There is not way I can find that out anywhere else. I think those directories I listed comply with your guidelines. I hate when people are using this forum to promote their small - no worth mentioning directories.

For me, the residual traffic from spiders crawling the directories are the real advantage. Hits from the directories themselves are just a bonus.

How you can tell how much this is actually happening?

Also I would like to hear from more people about any traffic they get from directories I mentioned. Please.

Thank you

9:34 pm on Apr 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I get some very nice traffic from JoeAnt on one of my sites. It's almost as much as I get from Ask or AV which is pretty good. But it is on a popular subject. And I get the odd hit from them on another site too.

Not a lot of traffic from either GoGuides.org or Gimpsy. Actually I think Gimpsy has a free submit if you don't mind waiting.

Edit: spelling

12:22 am on Apr 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have no listings in Gimpsy, so I can't say anthing about them. JoeAnt and GoGuides put together give me about a fourth the traffic dmoz.org does. (If I added in ODP licensees, the disparity would be much larger.)

Honestly, I'm seeing more traffic via links from on-theme non-directory content sites than I am from JoeAnt or GoGuides. If you're down to the point of looking at JoeAnt, it might be better to move on to the content sites.

12:45 am on Apr 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Get jack from gimpsy and nogoguides. Get a few hits per month (less than 1 1/10 of a % though) from Joeant. Id personally do not believe they are really that helpful to anyone else besides webmasters. No one else really knows about them. So, in all, its prob. not worth the investment. When comparing any of them to Yahoo or business.com, its like comparing a Porsche to a Chevy.

CompWorld

2:08 am on Apr 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>get some very nice traffic from JoeAnt on one of my sites. It's almost as much as I get from Ask or AV which is pretty good. But it is on a popular subject. And I get the odd hit from them on another site too.

Interesting. I can't remember the last time one of my sites got a hit from Joe Ant, and I checked and they are still listed.

2:22 am on Apr 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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When comparing any of them to Yahoo or business.com, its like comparing a Porsche to a Chevy.

Do you get any traffic from business.com?

Honestly, I'm seeing more traffic via links from on-theme non-directory content sites than I am from JoeAnt or GoGuides. If you're down to the point of looking at JoeAnt, it might be better to move on to the content sites.

I think we are listed in most of important non-directory content sites in our field. Actually we are getting 1/6 of all our traffic from one non-directory content site. Now we are looking for any other source of traffic.
9:42 am on Apr 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yes, the $99.00 bucks for business.com was worth it. So, if you have a service that would interest b2b or business customers, then it would be worth the fee.

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10:26 am on Apr 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>I can't remember the last time one of my sites got a hit from Joe Ant,

I have some sites like that too.

What helps is if the JoeAnt directory page happens to be ranked very highly in Google's Algo of the Week and that the subject matter is based on a popular media driven subject.

Topical directories can be very good.

2:08 pm on Apr 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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'They don't charge much but we don't want to just throw money away.'

You can also apply for an editor at JoeAnt.com and then submit as many sites you want (as far as the are according our guidelines) to one of the 15 main topics for free. No quizzes etc, just sign up.

2:09 pm on Apr 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Most directory traffic to my site comes from DMOZ. There's the odd JoaAnt hit, and nothing from Illumirate, Skaffe, Zeal, and a coupla other I forget.
2:13 pm on Apr 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think in general most webmasters seek directory listings to ensure that they get spidered by the search engine bots, rather than to drive traffic.

The only commercial general subject directory that is a household name is Yahoo, and they have devalued the directory relative to search. Google Directory probably follows, except their new search results do not seem to provide the directory category along with the site, and with the directory link demoted to a secondary page, any traffic from the Google Directory is likely to have fallen off as well.

6:11 pm on Apr 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Listed in GoGuides for several months...zero traffic to date.
3:19 pm on Apr 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm in every directory mentioned here except skaffe (and thanks for the tip) I get essentially zero traffic from any of them except Yahoo! where I have a Premium listing, DMOZ is a consistent referrer at a very low volume. I just bought a business.com listing so i don't know if they give traffic or not.

Other good search terms are "add your site" and"submit url"
Also, browse DMOZ for Directories categories, not just in your niche subcategory but in the levels above..

3:38 pm on Apr 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Found a niche directory for one client a few weeks ago - it has blown all the other directory and search engine traffic out of the water! I was very impressed and surprised that this type of site is still around.

An on topic niche directory listing can be very valuable - do judge the quality of the design and other links included. If you have to pay ask for traffic details.

5:29 am on May 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Business.com can send a ton of traffic if you advertise there.

One of my sites hasd 103 hits from GoGuides last month.

Used to see some traffic from JoeAnt, but not sure anymore.

7:35 am on May 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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No traffic at all from those small bugs, just backlinks for Google.
10:37 am on May 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Like Brad, My traffic from Joeant is the same as the traffic from AV and ATW.

Don't get any traffic from the other two, get some from Skaffe though.

But its good to have some PR from all those directories :)

Sid