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If I did it, I would write the descriptions myself, and not allow submissions, ratings or comments.
You would gain more benefits if you spent your time writing relevant and interesting articles with your time.
Keep the editorial level solid and it should be a real asset for the site.
There are lots of great ways to integrate a directory if quality is your goal.
It funneled a lot of traffic through my site and judging by the stats encouraged a lot of return visits.
So I don't know if the time spent on maintaining a quality directory would be more or less than that spending on writing articles.
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?
[edited by: tedster at 4:08 pm (utc) on Aug 6, 2010]
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Categorize and organize so the end user can find what they are looking for easily.
I am less than impressed with the monotony of all the directories categories. Seems like someone came up with a list in 1998 and it's been mindlessly copied ever since..
I doubt you will find "Handyman Resources" in a pre-created list of top level categories