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For example, i've made a directory with thumbnails and only good and portuguese websites. People really like it and search it a lot.
[edited by: rogerd at 8:09 pm (utc) on Dec. 28, 2004]
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[edited by: rogerd at 10:43 am (utc) on Feb. 17, 2005]
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1. Seeded it with a few hand picked sites
2. Promoted it on exactly two boards
3. Concentrated on getting good SERPs for local type searches (e.g. Colorado widgets) which is pretty easy. (Hint - get it listed in other local directories and do basic on page optimization)
4. Made submissions easy
5. Sat back and waited.
This niche directory now includes almost 10% of the US businesses in the niche. It only improves in the SERPs, it gives some pocket change out of Adsense, and it provides a significant amount of traffic to my main site(s) :) Took about a year for it to get its feet under it, but now it is growing by the week - to the point that I will probably be expanding to other related niches and charging a small inclusion fee to new submissions.