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I would like a list of the leading SE/Directories in Ireland. I don't want to assume its the same as the UK as its better to be safe than sorry :)
Anyone point me in the right direction?
www.niceone.com (Free User Submissions)
www.irishsearch.net (Free User Sub)
www.browseireland.com (Free User Sub)
www.indexireland.com (Free User Sub)
www.whoisireland.com (Free User Sub)
www.irishsites.com (Free User Sub but not much content or traffic)
and those in the list for which Shak posted the link.
Doras.ie no longer seems to be actively updated. It went pay for inclusion a few years ago but it never had the traffic or the reputation to justify anyone except the gullible paying. Many of the links there are dead and some domains that have dropped no longer point to the same content. Even Eircom, the operators of Doras, use a Google search on their site.
Apart from WhoisIreland there is no Irish search engine spidering the bulk of the Irish web on a regular basis. (Perhaps the main reason for this, apart from the technical ones, is that the majority of Irish websites are brochureware which rarely changes.) The majority of internet users tend to rely on Google or Yahoo or MSN. Over the past few years, I've seen a few Irish operations try to run search engines but they all failed due to a: not knowing what running a search engine involves commercially and technologically and b: being faced with Google as the main competition. Indeed all the sites listed above run their directories/SEs as part of another business rather than as a pure search engine business. Every few months a new Irish search engine appears but they generally don't last. If you have to get directory links in Irish webspace, get in the ones above. Also get in ODP because Google relies on it for its directory as do a lot of Irish directories. What you will also find is that some Irish sites offer a version of the ODP, generally pulled in via some software. This makes it a bit more important to be in ODP.
In fact, the freelanceireland link comes up on the first page of results for my surname, so it must be ranked highly (even though the toolbar says that 'the current page is not ranked by Google' -- just goes to show that the toolbar is no longer reliable).
On another note, has anyone ever had any success in getting into NiceOne? I have submitted various sites to their directory over the years and have never got in. These are all commercial sites of a fairly high standard. Is NiceOne still alive, or is it dead in the water?
Thanks for your help!