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I've emailed two different guides almost two months ago. I was very polite and direct in both emails requesting that they consider adding a site.
Neither of the sites have been added and I haven't received a response from either one.
I'm sure they receive several requests a day, blah, blah,blah.
I've read that this is the only way to get a site added in the directory and I'm wondering if I can do anything else, if I'm going about it wrong, etc.
It looks like their traffic is increasing, so I would like to get my sites listed with them.
Any input would be appreciated.
BTW, I know that Sprinks and Inktomi
supply results as well and I am working that angle also.
I'd say try again after a period of time and see what happens with a second request. Or if possible look for another guide section close to your original section submission and submit there.
I've always been lucky in picking categories with responsive guides, I guess... and I've even had one site added without having to submit it.
I have also politely requested a review by the editor of my site which is a Cool Site in ODP, editors choice in AOL, (was) a 3 star in GO.. blah... blah... blah..... suggesting that it would add value to their directory.
No response from the editor (on 2 occasions many months apart). Is is possible that About does not consider sites that target advertising dollars in the same categories that About targets with its paid listings?
A "we don't promote the competition" thing?
Just a thought, nothing more.
However, an About guide is going to look at adding links to their topic sites more the way someone would look at adding links to their personal home page. That's the way the system is set up (more or less), so if a guide just doesn't care for your site for whatever reason, you probably won't get a link.
With a general directory (like ODP), the editors have guidelines as to what constitutes a good submission, and I'd think there's less personal leeway as far as rejecting sites. You can always request a review from a higher-level editor...
At About, the guides seem to have much greater personal discretion about their content. They're not trying to build a comprehensive directory to every relevant site on the web, they're trying to make their own content area a good resource by their own standards.
Guides in my area of interest don't link to many commercial sites so I had no choice.