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Old 02-07-2008, 03:05 AM
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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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Old 02-07-2008, 03:54 AM
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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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Old 02-07-2008, 04:51 AM
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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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Old 02-07-2008, 12:24 PM
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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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Old 02-07-2008, 09:31 PM
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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.
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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Old 02-07-2008, 10:12 PM
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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.
My posts said I use them frequently. They started up about a year ago I would guess, without going to look.

Submission site list: http://www.directoryrecap.com

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Old 02-08-2008, 12:08 AM
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oh, sorry about that. thanks nuclei.

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Old 02-08-2008, 02:22 AM
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I think directories help if you consider good web directories with good PR.

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Old 02-15-2008, 09:27 AM
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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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Old 02-15-2008, 02:34 PM
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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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Old 02-16-2008, 10:30 AM
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Directories are the easiest to gain backlinks, so why not.

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Old 02-19-2008, 11:02 PM
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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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Old 02-20-2008, 10:59 AM
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No necessary but definitely helpful. But it should be done progressively over time.

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Old 02-20-2008, 02:18 PM
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No necessary but definitely helpful. But it should be done progressively over time.
Couldn't agree with you more!

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Old 02-20-2008, 02:31 PM
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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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