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Salespeople are still pushy. Charging £1,820 for a year, making them perhaps the most expensive directory ever!
Interesting idea for a site though
I am sure that if they sold out all their inventory then they would have probably changed name to just50 or just1000 ;)
Anyway, they say they are a simple alternative to search engines, but I question whether arbitrary number of 35 is going to provide sufficiently relevant results for web space that has got billions of URLs. I am not even convinced that directory can even be relevant for specific queries that simple have to look over the whole webspace rather than a handful of paid-for advertisers.
They phone me quite regularly. They have stated several times that they sponsored Friends. What? At three o'clock in the morning in Outer Mongolia? Has anyone ever seen their 'Friends sponsorship'?
They told me that they planned a massive TV advertising campaign for summer 2003. Did anyone ever see one of their adverts?
To me, it seems to much like a con, and FAR, FAR too expensive. It is much cheaper to get in Yahoo's directory. And I have seen Yahoo adverts.
join free for 30 days (or no question money back within 30 days) and use trusted 3-rd party or even your own ROI tracker to decide if it is worth it to stay for longer (paid for).
This is exactly what Google does with AdWords - low barrier of entry (not free, but inexpensive enough) and its up to you to cancel at any time if ROI is not there. People who don't calculate ROI (only traffic) can blame themselves only...
just35 are full of XXXX
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and full of bull too....;)
Have had many coversations with them 'under old management' and no one sang from the same hymn sheet (is that right?)
Stats varied from the millions of page impressions per month to 1 million unique users etc etc etc...
So IMHO stick to smaller players where anything from £10 - £50 wil get you a listing as a one onff fee.. far less risk.
joined:June 15, 2001
We calculated we only needed 110 clicks a day to break even. Seeing as they were predicting thousands, surely a measly 110 would be possible.
Errr no! Our links have been live for about 10 days so far, and during that time we have had a massive 5 clicks. 3 from me, and 2 from my colleague.
I will get my money back!
Time for ABCE to be a bit more active - if they cut their costs then every advertiser would know the legitimate sites that are not afraid to publish their stats.
Please do not deal with these people!
If you ask them in detail about how many visitors your site will get, you will find that the figures they tell you at first are far from what you will actually get.
They tell you about "hits" rather than unique visitors etc.