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Yahoo Directory Submission Worth It for a Large Forum?



9:11 pm on May 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I operate a large established (2.5 years) forum with over 20,000 users. It is NOT listed in the Yahoo Directory however. Should I pay the $300 a year to get it in there? What would I see in terms of benefits? Thanks!


10:39 pm on Jun 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Does anyone have any thoughts that might help me to make a decision?


11:12 pm on Jun 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This depends on your search engine positioning, if you are happy with it then I'd say don't bother.

The benefit of a Yahoo listing is diminishing and a site that has 20,000 members could probably do much better with a competition.

Why not offer a $300 prize draw which only needs a member to invite a friend to get in the draw, run it for a month or two before drawing it and hey presto, many new members!

Repeat at will


11:13 pm on Jun 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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When I say $300 I mean a prize worth that, something your users would like.


11:47 pm on Jun 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Directory traffic would make a listing well worth the 299 price, provided that you are placed high up there in the category, good title, description and you are listed in popular category and it's hard to find any category with all the above. It also doesn't ensure that your site will be accepted, so if you get rejected you just wasted money that could went for something else.

Google (And Yahoo! seems not to care much about it too.) doesn't value Yahoo! directory listing like it used to. Even if Google still looks highly of a listing in Yahoo!, you could get a listing in many other directories that require no payment for submission and with all those directories together would beat out a Yahoo! listing. You also have to use your site's title in the listing, which kills the reason of submitting even more IF you are doing it for search engine ranking.


12:29 am on Jun 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I already do a monthly giveaway were we give a prize with the value of $200-$300...thanks for the recommendation though.

Is there a good service that will handle quality directory submissions and one way link building? Maybe that would be the better use of my money.


1:34 am on Jun 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If you have any make-money aspect to a website, and it is a good quality site, it should be in the Yahoo Directory.

Make sure the title of the website is clearly something useful to you though, since the Directory title will show in the results for your main page.


6:54 pm on Jun 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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so it is evenly opinionated here...:)

Some say yes and some now...any more input?

Shawn Steele

10:20 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I say Yes.


9:52 pm on Jun 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

How much traffic could yahoo directory bring?

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