Hi there, Everyone:
Is it still worthwhile to have a relevant directory of other sites on your site to boost SEO? And if so, is there anything to watch out for?
I have an ecommerce web site, as well as about 40 articles and information pages on the site. I would like to have a directory that does actually add value to the user.
Our main site covers a few different areas, (say, not only widgets, but foobars and gizmos and thingamajigs as well). So some of the directory categories would be: Widget Studios By City / State, Foobar Centers by City / State, Gizmo Retreats, Sites Related To Thingamajigs, etc).
It would include the essential URL and physical address for the sites listed, a brief description (about 750 characters) and also allow for users to rate / post comments.
Would this be something that would actually add value in google's eyes? Or have directories gone the way of the Do Do Bird?
Also, I would have the links to the other sites as follow (not nofollow). Is that going to be a problem?
Thanks in advance.