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Regarding the usefulness of directories, such as the DMOZ or Yahoo Directory, I can't imagine many people actually using them for search. So what is their main benefit today, especially if you choose to spend the $299 anually to be included?
I have seen some of my competitors with links from what look like replicas or copies of these directories. Is this one of the main benefits, getting the additional links? I'm trying to figure out if I can justify the cost. Thanks for any input.
Wondering if anyone else sees it this way and found it enough reason to spend the $299.
So if this doesnt bother you go ahead and pay the 299.
However, the primary reason for getting listed in directories , nowadays, is to be found by the search engines.
You are aware that Google recommends listing in directories such as Yahoo and Dmoz
To get listed , your site would be interrogated by very capable editors and getting approved would be like receiving a stamp of quality, electronically, good for electronic SE spiders heh :)
And you get that prized high value ;ink
Off course , the more directories you're in, the better, cause the spiders find you quicker
Over the past couple months, have also submitted to the dmoz in 4-5 different categories (a no-no), all of which are relevant, but no luck. (Operating on the principle of the asynchronous randomity of the dmoz approval process.)
Are the listings in the yahoo directory actually different than the dmoz? Or maybe yahoo takes the dmoz results and supplements it with their paid inclusions, but those paid inclusions don't propagate back to the dmoz? Does anyone know?
I thought they were the same, at least when I look at my competitors. There might be 120 listings in my category, but doing a Yahoo Directory Search on my keywords, I'd be first page (no worse than 4-7). It seems paying the money is my own way in. Any more advice?