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    Are directories necessary for SEO?

    I have not had the time to submit my sites manually to directories, and have been getting decent links elsewhere. I am wondering if links from directories will give my serps a noticeable increase.

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    No link should ever be overlooked. Directories are generally just the first step in the off-site optimization process, but shouldnot be overlooked or you lose a lot of potenntially good links, even if devalued somewhat. If you do not have the time to manually submit yourself, I would suggest outsourcing it to a reputable offshore place. There is one listed with about 30 forum pages of satisfied clients listed right here. I use them myself frequently, and have yet to have any major issues at all.

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    Directories are small part in SEO process. I think that you have to understand that and learn a lot befor starting. I wold suggest you not start SEO your self with sites which are very important for you.
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    Directories are a small part of site optimization and can be a good start-up for a new website. However the quality of directories matters much more than quantity therefore choosing directories carefully where you submit your website is essential and important for good results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclei View Post
    No link should ever be overlooked. Directories are generally just the first step in the off-site optimization process, but shouldnot be overlooked or you lose a lot of potenntially good links, even if devalued somewhat. If you do not have the time to manually submit yourself, I would suggest outsourcing it to a reputable offshore place. There is one listed with about 30 forum pages of satisfied clients listed right here.I use them myself frequently, and have yet to have any major issues at all.
    so they've been in that business for quite sometime now. were you able to try their service. i do manual submission myself. i only need a good list of submission sites.

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    oh, sorry about that. thanks nuclei.

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    I think directories help if you consider good web directories with good PR.

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    yes directory have effect on website ranking especially free directory. If you optimized the highly competitive keyword then you must use all the possible ways to get ahead of the competition.
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    Quality is still the name of the game. Some pointers in selecting the directories to submit to:

    High PR - indication that Google sees some value in the directory.
    Well maintained - listed sites are in the proper category
    High Traffic - getting traffic could be minimal form directories, but majority are targeted
    Kewords ranking high in SERP - Well optimized, shows that the directory is well-marketed and SEO'ed.

    Which to avoid:
    Link farms
    Directories that require reciprocal links
    Crappy ones with crappy sites listed
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    I would say directories are a good start! I have submitted my site to over 2k directories and its working out well to me
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    No necessary but definitely helpful. But it should be done progressively over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinohosting View Post
    No necessary but definitely helpful. But it should be done progressively over time.
    Couldn't agree with you more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinohosting View Post
    No necessary but definitely helpful. But it should be done progressively over time.
    I find the opposite. Many of the directory webmasters are lazy when it comes to approving new submissions, many take weeks, more take months to approve. Submitting to 1000 now means you will probably only see 50-100 links fast, then some more in 2 weeks, then some more in a month, etc..

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    If you have quality link-ins to your site you should be fine. Are directories necessary? No, but they help.
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    I have only submitted to at least 100 directories and my site is doing fine... very fine infact... I sometimes add a few more directories every week.

    I hate doing it because it takes time...

    I like to chat on forums, gain knowledge, and put your link on there. Its much more fun..

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    I would actually do the submissions myself if I had another site. Wouldn't really rely to outsource as I don't want my site being submitted by an automated software.
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    Manual Directory submission provides good back links. I think to promote a new website, directory submission is mandatory. It cannot be overlooked. If there is a shortage of time, then it should be given to a company engaged in seo services. If you are looking for one, feel free to PM me for seo services.
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    I don't see how anyone could not have enough time to submit to one directory a day... how long could it possibly take right?

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    Yeah... actually I managed to submit our site at a rate of 3 directories daily for two months Got really good backlinks from them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclei View Post
    I find the opposite. Many of the directory webmasters are lazy when it comes to approving new submissions, many take weeks, more take months to approve. Submitting to 1000 now means you will probably only see 50-100 links fast, then some more in 2 weeks, then some more in a month, etc..
    I agree with Nuclei. I had an experience in which the reciprocal link of the directory site where I submitted my site had been staying in my site for 2 months but my site was not listed in the directory.

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    Webdirectorys are a great way to get many one way backlinks with desired anchor texts

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    I think submitting to directories will help your ranking in a big way! I have submitting to over 3K and have seen my site jump in a big way in google
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    I have used zonneke's directory service quite a few times, excellent all round service and value for money, saved me a load of time and all sites i have used him for have improved pr and rankings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawless87
    I think submitting to directories will help your ranking in a big way! I have submitting to over 3K and have seen my site jump in a big way in google
    Whoa! That's a lot of directories, lols. Just be wary of being included in FFA's and link farms...

    Aside from the SEO benefits, also consider the potential traffic from these directories. They may be minimal but traffic from directories tend to be targeted
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclei View Post
    No link should ever be overlooked. Directories are generally just the first step in the off-site optimization process, but shouldnot be overlooked or you lose a lot of potenntially good links, even if devalued somewhat. If you do not have the time to manually submit yourself, I would suggest outsourcing it to a reputable offshore place. There is one listed with about 30 forum pages of satisfied clients listed right here. I use them myself frequently, and have yet to have any major issues at all.

    Anyone have troubles to access the suggested forum ?

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    I submitted my sites to directories(of course good and thematical ones) and haven't yet felt sorry for spent time.

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    I have some contacts that do dir submission for me, and I think it really does help.

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    Whether it's a link from a directory or some other type of site is not really important - what is important is the site itself: quality, relevancy, popularity, etc. Directories can be a great source of links, if it fits your general link criteria sure why not?
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    I definitely agree with nuclei.

    If you can get a relevant backlink without any spam problems... do it! This will only build your backlinks, and hopefully increase your pagerank.

    Plus.. there is a good amount of people who do searches in directory websites. You could be loosing potential customers. It only takes a few minutes to find good directories and to manually post your website. Is a few potential customers worth spending 5 minutes?


    Quote Originally Posted by nuclei View Post
    No link should ever be overlooked. Directories are generally just the first step in the off-site optimization process, but shouldnot be overlooked or you lose a lot of potenntially good links, even if devalued somewhat. If you do not have the time to manually submit yourself, I would suggest outsourcing it to a reputable offshore place. There is one listed with about 30 forum pages of satisfied clients listed right here. I use them myself frequently, and have yet to have any major issues at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [COLOR=#000020
    PinkFloyd.ws[/COLOR]] there is a good amount of people who do searches in directory websites. You could be loosing potential customers. It only takes a few minutes to find good directories and to manually post your website. Is a few potential customers worth spending 5 minutes?
    Very true. Traffic from directories may be minimal, but they tend to be targeted.
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    According to me relevant directories are ok ... !! Before starting directory submittion see the quality of directory .. like how many websites they accept ?? how many websites they reject ?? do you think that directory really worth having your link ??

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    Directories are very time consuming and shouldn't be counted on, until 3-6 months down the road. So they are a good long term strategy, but you'll crash and burn before enough get approved, if they are your only approach. Companies expect overnight results, which is lame.

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    StephD I find your 3-6 month down the road reasoning a bit odd. Directory submission can be a very good idea from the beginning. The SEO game is kind of like a future prediction game. You have the lay down the ground work "now" to see good results in 3-6 months.

    When I lay out a foundation... a plan on how to get traffic to a website it entails a month, 3 month, 6 months, 9 month, and yearly benchmarks. If I want to get a certain amount of traffic in 3 months.. I start now.

    I submit my sites to 3 new directories every month, that have good PR. One of the sites I consult for, receives 1-2 customers per month just from directories I have submitted to. It takes me maybe 30 minutes per month to submit to 3 good new directories. I think getting 1-2 sign-ups for 30 minutes.. is well worth it.
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    If all you want from directory submissions is traffic then you should choose your directories on the basis of their traffic potential, but if you want to improve your search engine rankings then you need to find and submit to SEO friendly directories.

    By SEO friendly I mean that they will give you straight links with no javascript or redirects on the links, do not use nofollow on their links and give you anchor text links instead of just generic URL links.

    An added bonus is that some SEO friendly directories will allow deep links (links to interior pages).

    But (and this is a big factor)there is not point submitting to directories which do not get their pages indexed by search engines and that is a very common problem especially with new directories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephD View Post
    Directories are very time consuming and shouldn't be counted on, until 3-6 months down the road. So they are a good long term strategy, but you'll crash and burn before enough get approved, if they are your only approach. Companies expect overnight results, which is lame.
    You just need to commit to submit to 3 to 5 directories a day. Most directories approves your site after 24 to 48 hours only.

    Directory submissions is a very good investment for the long term. Just choose wisely on which directories to submit to.
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    Those are all valid, and very good points. There are a lot of directories that just have their single Homepage indexed. Its smart to first investigate how well a Directory is listed in a search engine. Just submitting to any directory... could possibly harm your website, rather than help it. I always recommend to submit to 3-5 new "SEO Friendly" directories per month.. for all clients that I have.

    Quote Originally Posted by Melnel View Post

    But (and this is a big factor)there is not point submitting to directories which do not get their pages indexed by search engines and that is a very common problem especially with new directories.
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