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Are directories fading away?

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

  1. fastreplies

    fastreplies Banned

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    #21
    Really?
    Does anyone else know or ever hear about bunch above?

    Good point.
    You probably missed link to this directories review site in this forum,
    where every directory in top 10 list dissected with surgical precision
    to provide complete picture. So, go ahead and enjoy basic wisdom.
    http://www.webdirectoryreviews.org/top/top2014/top3/
    SEMrush
    Sure, but make sure you wash it before eating.

    :)

    fastreplies
     
    fastreplies, Aug 4, 2016 IP
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    #22
    On the one hand, they are fading away. On the other hand, their 'heritage' may still be important to navigate across the web. I still use them to keep myself informed about ad networks, their rankings and customer feedback, for example.
     
    GeneK, Mar 28, 2018 IP
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    #23
    I think all the responses so far ignore one important question. Are we talking about a local business site? If so, certain directories can be a good source of NAP (name, address, phone number) citations that are most certainly effective in terms of ranking in the local pack (Google Maps).

    The local pack is a completely different algorithm from the organic SERP and it most certainly looks at links from data aggregators and sites like hotfrog or superpages. But if you're trying to do SEO for a blog site or eCommerce, you probably don;t care about the local pack and all the advice telling you to focus on editorial links instead is 100% accurate.
     
    Blakers1, Apr 13, 2018 IP
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    cronik Well-Known Member

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    #24
    Not for local businesses. They're not harmful to anyone unless you're blasting your listing across a bulk amount of directories like we used to do in the earlier days of SEO. However, now you just need to focus on the reputable directories that aren't full of spam. The majority of these directories are definitely going to fade away though, so many junk directories from back in the day don't exist anymore and no one gives a shit because no one ever truly visited them to find websites.
     
    cronik, Apr 14, 2018 IP