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Building a quality directory that ranks well and can eventully earn money

Discussion in 'Directories' started by SportsOutlaw, Feb 2, 2006.

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    I know, the net is already too saturated and you can't do it, but I was told the same thing about forums and that worked out well for me. :D

    Anyway, I am in the process of building a niche directory, once I release it I imagine it will have 300 or more categories and it can grow from there. I want this directory to do two things, well, actually 3

    1. Provide a portal of quality websites so visitors will find the site to be a valuable resource. I think it would be best to weed out the 1 paragraph of generic text and 12 ads websites.
    2. Make a worthwhile income from this directory in due time.
    3. Rank well and use as a cross-promotional tool for my current website. I am actually using the .net version of my current site for this directory and the front page will be sort of a portal that will have information from that site, with directory links on the left, including a link to the main directory page.
    For those of you who have done is successfully, do you have any tips? Should I be leniant on what I allow in at first so I can build numbers? Charge from the beginning to keep fly by night sites out? Anything you can provide to help out would be appreciated.
    SEMrush
     
    SportsOutlaw, Feb 2, 2006 IP
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  2. clasione

    clasione Well-Known Member

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    Step 1 will be the hardest part..... Keeping a payment will definetly keep the site clean as possible, then it is up to you to measure money worth quality....

    Free directories will get submissions that the paid ones will never see in a million years... It's not worth submitting a garbage site and taking the risk that it will be denied.... Having a paid directory actually makes so much sence....

    Alot of directories claim "is a paid submission directory which enhances the quality of selections" and it is nothing short of the truth.....
     
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  3. SportsOutlaw

    SportsOutlaw Active Member

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    I am sure if I went pay from the start I would have to start it off very cheap with lifetime listings to get people to take the plunge. I figure even charging $2.00 will keep alot of the riff-raff from trying to get in and other sites may take advantage of it.
     
    SportsOutlaw, Feb 2, 2006 IP
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    dvduval Notable Member

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    You definitely need to spend some time adding quality listings on your own. Don't only depend on people to submit.
     
    dvduval, Feb 2, 2006 IP
  5. SportsOutlaw

    SportsOutlaw Active Member

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    Yes, that will be step 3.

    1. setup homepage and install directory - almost done
    2. add categories - 1/3 done
    3. add a bunch of sites manually, and add descriptions to categories.

    and somewhere in there, I gotta get someone to skin it for me, although I may go with the default look for a while, maybe stay with the default.
     
    SportsOutlaw, Feb 2, 2006 IP
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    rehash Well-Known Member

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    I agree this is an important step
     
    rehash, Feb 4, 2006 IP
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    iowadawg Prominent Member

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    I have a niche directory, and right now allowing free submits if relevant.
    Limiting it to first 50 (might go to 100) links added.
    I have yet to really subcategorize it...another tiny project to do (may bypass the super bowl to do this...yeah right!).

    Am in the process of finding quality sites in each category so that I can add them myself.

    Figure at some point, monetizing it will become more important than now.
    Oh, for a new directory, got my first paid listing today! $3.00!!!!
    That was for a link at the bottom of each page on the site.

    http://www.newsmegasite.com

    As usual, I accept any and all ideas, comments, etc about my site.
     
    iowadawg, Feb 4, 2006 IP
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    jim Well-Known Member

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    I think I started min as a paid directory right away, but offered people half price for the first month or so. It worked pretty well. People love a sale.
     
    jim, Feb 5, 2006 IP
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    Two followup questions.

    1. What happens if a link is rejected in a paid directory? Do you refund or just keep the money <g>?

    2. Do you research and add links of your own -- particularly if we're talking a niche directory that you want to build into a good resource ?
     
    dawggone, Feb 8, 2006 IP
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    jim Well-Known Member

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    I don't charge until after the site is accepted. It's more work for me, but when I am submitting my sites to paid directories that's what I want. Some other directories do refund the money, some don't. I would if I were you.

    Yes, I do add links that I like. I also don't have as many categories as other directories. I add them as I need them.
     
    jim, Feb 9, 2006 IP
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    dawggone Peon

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    Thanks for the info!
     
    dawggone, Feb 10, 2006 IP
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    Very nice tips and details guys. Thank you !
     
    NameWolf, Feb 10, 2006 IP
  13. jim

    jim Well-Known Member

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    I hope that helps.
     
    jim, Feb 11, 2006 IP
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    vetteman18 Peon

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    Are directories facing more filtering from search engines now?
     
    vetteman18, Feb 11, 2006 IP
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    jim Well-Known Member

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    Directories like Bluefind and Sevenseek were well established ones that Google seemed to punish. Webatlas never got started but it was supposed to be big because Aaron Wall was working on the link building. That one seemed to get punished too. I don't know what's going with it now.

    I would say that you should avoid empty categories, keep it organized, and get natural deep links in order to make sure search engines like your directory.
     
    jim, Feb 11, 2006 IP
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    I wonder what a good niche directory would be.
     
    dougadam, Feb 17, 2006 IP
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    jim Well-Known Member

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    Probably a niche that you're an expert in and a competitive keyword (assuming you want to make money). For example I teach second language acquisition - not much money there. At least it's not worth the trouble. If I were a real estate broker or something, things would be different...
     
    jim, Feb 18, 2006 IP
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    John D Well-Known Member

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    David, how do we add our directories to that list?

    My site is PR4 now and predicted PR6, not sure how reliable predictions are though.
     
    John D, Feb 19, 2006 IP
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    yad3.com
    thank you very much
     
    green3, May 23, 2008 IP