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I am looking for a list of UK directories to submit to could someone please point me to a post?
Im also wondering about How Directory.co.uk works...
Im not happy about it, It has a page (.htm) with my site URL
But you see on this page they have sponored listings above my listing, unsure what to do, basicly they are using my name and get people clicking on the sponser becasue my page is half way down... Any ideas?
I think posting the Directory URL should be ok here ive seen it around in a few posts... very sorry if i cant Wont do it again :)
[edited by: IanTurner at 11:25 am (utc) on Sep. 6, 2004]
Although your domain appears as a page URL, this won't have been deliberate; it will simply have been picked up as part of a much larger list of key phrases to automatically generate pages for.
Directory.co.uk had over 350,000 pages in Google recently. However, it looks like it might be in trouble now because the front page has been de-cached and the number of pages included has dropped dramatically. Therefore I wouldn't worry about taking any action; it will be a pointless gesture soon.
People with trademarks and brands tend not to like it because they want exclusivity and all of the traffic associated with that search term. Users won't be so fussy and may in fact be searching for similar products or related information.
The real issue is whether Google, Overture and the other PPC companies should be allowing companies to target your brand name. The big two are currently being sued for just this.
The only reason that you noticed this on Directory.co.uk was that the site had a page in Google for your domain. You would get the same kind of results on any search engine or directory that uses PPC (i.e. all of them).
To find out how many pages a site has in Google you should use something like this:
This will allow you to see all of the subdomain pages as well. You should also use a word that appears on every page of a site, such as "copyright" or "reserved". The reason for this is that Google has a lot of URLs in the index that aren't cached, so they don't generally appear in the SERPS. Hence they aren't pages that should count as indexed.
Especially for larger sites, you will see a big difference in the numbers if you use a search word or not.