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Are directories fading away?

Discussion in 'Directories' started by olddocks, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. #1
    About 8 years ago, there was a huge demand for directories, links and PageRank. In todays world of internet marketing,
    SEMrush
    Please explain why:
    Are directories viewed as link farms in the eyes of Google?
    Are we seeing sunset for directories in next couple of years?

    I believe DMOZ is already dead, so as many other popular web directories.
     
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    olddocks, Feb 26, 2016 IP
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  2. iowadawg

    iowadawg Prominent Member

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    Sunset for directories done came and went.
    Really, who wants to submit to any directory today?
    Unless it is a specific type that fits your business?
     
    iowadawg, Feb 26, 2016 IP
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    WallaceYeung Notable Member

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    There is no doubt that there are tons of web directories had been discontinued and passed away.
     
    WallaceYeung, Feb 27, 2016 IP
  4. olddocks

    olddocks Notable Member

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    is there any kind of future for web directories?
     
    olddocks, Feb 28, 2016 IP
  5. Marie-AZ

    Marie-AZ Greenhorn

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    I've been a freelancer for years, one of my clients once gave me a list of more than 100 directories to submit his websites on, from this experience I can say that they're not that important for driving traffic, maybe for backlinks but I believe there is better places from where you can get better quality backlinks, some directories were accepting applications automatically, which means they were full of websites and no one will ever came across yours unless you pay some fees to feature it (if payment option is available), while some were reviewing applications, but taking around 1 - 3 months to do so, sometimes more, you again need to pay for a quick review..
    Directories are no longer popular, I don't think they deserve to spend money on or even a free application, except if you own a local business..
     
    Marie-AZ, Mar 3, 2016 IP
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    dcristo Illustrious Member

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    #6
    Because SEO directories are. Look up the definition of link farm and you will understand why.
     
    dcristo, Mar 3, 2016 IP
  7. Alexmathiou

    Alexmathiou Peon

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    It is fading away in terms of driving traffic to your websites but if you are looking for more backlinks then directories are the way to go and will help to increase those backlinks.
     
    Alexmathiou, Mar 31, 2016 IP
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    tradesouthwest Greenhorn

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    DMOZ killed themselves by requiring authentication above and beyond most SEs even. Backlinks are good but if directories' "backlinks" do not get included into a Google search algorithm then it is worthless. The juice I get best for backlinks is all the WordPress themes I build and people leave the backlink in the footer of the theme. That is about 60% of my backlink juice.
     
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    I recently submitted my site to dmoz because as I checked my competitor they are listed on it. But other regular directories I didn't.
     
    DarwinJones, Apr 4, 2016 IP
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    dcanfield Well-Known Member

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    A worthless backlink can cause much more harm than having no backlinks.
     
    dcanfield, Apr 4, 2016 IP
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    Actually, Everything in this world are at-least more then O value, just you need to know how to use to get the value. In my personal opinion, Directories are still some value and you need to know how to use them.
     
    Maxpro Singapore, Apr 26, 2016 IP
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    dcanfield Well-Known Member

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    Nope. That is not accurate. Why out in the effort to get maybe a miniscule result that will no longer be valid in the future. Directories will generally hurt your SEO efforts. If your SEO efforts are focused on forum links and directories, then you are not doing SEO right. I hate to be rude, not trying to come off that way at all. I just don't want people focusing on the wrong aspects of SEO. DigitalPoint is a hotbed of awful SEO advice.

    To start learning better SEO visit copyblogger.com/seo-copywriting/ and register to get the free book called "How to Create Compelling Content that Ranks Well in Search Engines" If my link don't show up then google that title. No, it is not my site. If you are not familar with that Blog then i highly suggest it. I see many people on here trying to learn SEO and then they have crappy content. Seriously, read that book first. It is free.
     
    dcanfield, Apr 26, 2016 IP
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    dcanfield Well-Known Member

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    Now this is great advice. He built a theme that people want to use and then he gets links back from it from sites. If you build something regardless of if it is an article, app, service etc, make sure it is something people will want to link too.
     
    dcanfield, Apr 26, 2016 IP
  14. Maxpro Singapore

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    WELL, WELL, WELL.

    I totally agree with you. But i am just telling my belief.

    Just give me some time to prove.

    case 1: Site A is doing pure SEO and the competitor of site A will create tons of directory and bad links then will site A penalize with GOOGLE?

    OK, if you have little time and money, then do not waste time and money to directory links otherwise directory links are worthful and i am using those inks for my site SEO. Just try yourself.
     
    Maxpro Singapore, Apr 26, 2016 IP
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    fastreplies Banned

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    #15
    Agree if you're talking about dead on arrival and created to die directories.

    Even thou 'SEO directories' is an oxymoron, it's definitely applies to farms
    and people who are running and using them to gain SERP and to spam
    Search Engines and Internet community with thousands of useless links.

    :)

    fastreplies
     
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    gkd_uk Well-Known Member

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    I have two Web Directories setup as early as 2007, and both still doing well. I continue to manually review listings and reject submissions if they're not right.
     
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    KylieSweet Active Member

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    Directories that are low quality sites are considered as spam sites and I think it will gone in the future because of the other mediums that are emerging online.
     
    KylieSweet, Jul 31, 2016 IP
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    Why am not able to view such directory list in sticky posts ?
     
    SolidBriks, Aug 1, 2016 IP
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    fastreplies Banned

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    You see, the vast majority of people have no idea or know what is the difference
    between "good and bad" directories based on "quality" directories lists they are
    pushing in posts in this and other forums and SM.

    If I ask you to name 10 top directories, I can bet you won't come up with more
    than 5 simply because you and others never engage themselves in deep analyzes
    of what makes good directories and how to spot them amongst cesspool of
    dead on arrival directories.

    gone in the future?

    I hear that for last 10 or more years and directories are still around.
    Granted garbage came and went in oblivion, few selected the Best are going to be
    around after people forget they have posted useless comments about subjects
    they don't have a slightest ideas in this DP and generally in SM.

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  20. KylieSweet

    KylieSweet Active Member

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    Actually it doesn't matter and I'm concern most is that those are paid.

    Yell
    Thompson local
    Free Index
    Lacartes
    Locanto
    UK Small Business Directory
    Business Magnet



    I would wish for that because they are not worth it as a source of information.

    Only competent directories are still around today.

    Hmmm.. Can I take the green apple. ;)
     
    KylieSweet, Aug 3, 2016 IP