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Building a Profitable Web Directory!

Discussion in 'Directories' started by olddocks, Mar 25, 2006.

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    How profitable are newly born directories these days? I have heard that there are so many directories out there and building a good directory will take years of hardwork. Is this true?
    SEMrush
    I am currently thinking of starting a good web directory (dmoz like). Initially i am thinking of making this directory free atleast for few months, but later my long term goals are good profitable one. Although i have been quite successful in promoting content rich sites, still i feel this area is relatively new to me. Can you share your experiences?

    I am looking for best tips on marketing and promotion methods need to be worked out so as to build a reasonably profitable directory.
     
    olddocks, Mar 25, 2006 IP
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  2. dvduval

    dvduval Notable Member

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    There are probably two main items you will need:
    1) Indexed well by search engines (and pagerank too)
    2) Quality content (good links, not just a bunch of submissions by others)

    Plan on it taking a few months to get #1 right. You don't have to work super hard, but you need to spend a little time each week on #2.
     
    dvduval, Mar 25, 2006 IP
  3. aaron_nimocks

    aaron_nimocks Im kind of a big deal Staff

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    Focus on PR. (cant believe I just said that)

    Get your site listed on popular directory lists like seocompany.ca
     
    aaron_nimocks, Mar 25, 2006 IP
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    pagode Guest

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    Don't try to start a universal directory but focus on one subject. This can be a special interest or a location. First add a lot (several hunderd to a thousand depending on subject) of listings yourself [many people won't submit sites to empty directories and promoting an empty directory will be difficult]. Than start promoting your site (just as you would do any other site).
     
    pagode, Mar 26, 2006 IP
  5. olddocks

    olddocks Notable Member

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    Thank you very much you all coming forward to help me out. As dvduval pointed out in (1) i absolutely can make pages very search friendly to bots.

    what exactly is "passing pagerank"? Does this had to do with designing very good bot friendly pages?

    I also want to know, when is the first cent you guys made, ever since you started your directory.
     
    olddocks, Mar 26, 2006 IP
  6. John D

    John D Well-Known Member

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    Once you get bigger you will start making money from submissions, I think when your starting out its easier to make revenue from advertising/adsense.

    Passing pagerank is normally just to ensure your links are direct to the site and not using a redirect script, phpld does this.
    www.phplinkdirectory.com

    I use phpld and its great, does everything I need :)
     
    John D, Mar 26, 2006 IP
  7. cagintranet

    cagintranet Well-Known Member

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    Best advise ever when building a directory... FOCUS ON A NICHE
     
    cagintranet, Mar 26, 2006 IP