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2. Passes pagerank.
3. Relevant (on target) traffic.
What else? Is 1-3 then end of the story?
Okay, besides the big 3, what else makes a good directory a good directory?
You're a consultant (unpaid, like we all are here) and your advice is what: What else is a 'must have' or 'should have' attribute, function, element of directory design?
What fails miserably in its presence or absence?
Add 'em by the number. Who's got 4, 5 and 6?
1. Spam free results..
2. Human Edited
3. Are choosy while adding sites
4. Have arranges sites in proper categories.
1. Deep Links to the website included with main link
2. A good link poularity
3. if poosible a resource page for each site listed
A) Real content
B) Human reviews
C) Links lead to sites that still have the reviewed content in other words, a link to widgets.com doesn't lead to adult content due to ownership changes
D) Good navigation / site search function
E) Directory has quality standards that go beyond receiving payment.
A) Good PR / spiderable links
B) Quality, qualified traffic
C) Low cost for paid listings, free option (with linkback, perhaps?)
D) Deep linking when appropriate
A) Good balance of paid / free listings
B) Quality CMS / Link Rot management system
C) Quality affiliate programs that don't leach traffic from paid listings.
Quality rather than pages full of advertisers is the name of the game.
Human editors are essential, but what's just as important is the management of the human editors. A good directory organization should emphasize integrity. People should be promoted on the basis of rationalism and objectivism. There should be no discrimination on race, nationality, age, etc. It should be a pure meritocracy.
Further, the organization should promote the moral development of its members, and it should be crystal clear why the higher ups are higher up. And that the newbies should respect and defer to their superiors. The human editors should look on their participation as a source of moral growth.
What fails miserably in its presence