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Building a new directory

1:32 am on Mar 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am building a new directory and I have heard of things like feeding the directory from open directory with automation.

Not sure I like the whole idea of complete automation due to duplication of text links and descriptions.

Can anyone provide some insight in feeding a new directory with listing?

4:00 am on Mar 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have a directory in a fairly competitive field, many of my competitors took shortcuts that is why they are no longer my competitors.

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4:37 pm on Mar 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The tough opening gambit is having enough links in your directory to make visitors want to return. You can use a script to fill your categories with DMOZ or other links, but then visitors won't see anything new or interesting, so are still unlikely to feel a need to bookmark or revisit.

To stand out enough to develop a following you'll need to collect links that distinguish your directory. If the best you can do is mimic the Google directory, there's not much point other than perhaps the short-term. With original links, content, perhaps services then there's potential and using DMOZ links to keep categories (already including original links) from looking too bare can then make sense.