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Does Submitting to quality directories drive traffic?

     
3:59 am on Sep 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I have just launched a new website and i am planning to submit my website to all the quality paid directories.

I am confused should i do this or not, because what i am looking for is quality traffic.

Thus, submitting a new website to quality directories like business.com, yahoo dir, botw.org and other would help in driving any traffic?

6:13 am on Sept 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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any traffic

Yes, some visitors in "compare mode", but anything you can do to put your site in the top 5 of any querie in Google will send you a lot more traffic.

Do not expect wonders about directories in the short term.

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A few people still use directories and there is some traffic from them, though it's not going to be anywhere near, nowhere near, as much as you may receive from GYM. I tend to receive more traffic from niche websites about my topic matter than from directories and some search engines other than Google. It might be important to note that because the majority of surfers default to search it may be an unfair comparison to judge the traffic from directories to the amounts driven by GYM or even from highly popular sites.

Beyond that I've obtained links from other sites that, looking from the other sites linked to from their pages, it's clear they discovered my site from researching through a directory. I only submit to a very few directories, the most important ones and ignore the rest. I miss Zeal, that was a high quality directory. Wish LS hadn't pulled the plug on that.

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Short answer, no.

There's only one directory in my niche that drives any traffic at all. It drives a very tiny amount of very high quality traffic (all of them immediate buyers). I own a second directory that after a number of years is also starting to drive a wee, tiny amount of traffic.

However, both of those directories get the bulk of *their* traffic from the SE's.

I don't think something like the Yahoo! directory would drive $300 worth of traffic through to my site in a year.

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Thanks.
okay, so you guys say that there is a negligible amount of traffic there, but the main purpose of submitting my website to some trusted directories is to get my website rank for some long tail keywords. Not competitive ones though, non-competitive ones is what i am talking about.

And i think that is the basic step of link development. Then i can move on with getting some high quality links from my niche websites.

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...but the main purpose of submitting my website to some trusted directories is to get my website rank...

That's a different discussion though. The topic is traffic. :)

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okay,
I have the answer, thanks everyone for helping me out.
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I submitted to some directory, but til now i get no traffic from them.
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interesting idea to go for second tier or third tier keywords with some top directories ... humm ... i like that idea.
12:08 am on Oct 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I never use those directories for traffic, and get a trickle from them anyway. They are to help build trust primarily as someone else noted.