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Can directories make a lot of money?

Discussion in 'Directories' started by dencha, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. #1
    I've been deciding to start a directory for awhile now and I'm unsure if they will provide me the income I need.

    So to the people who runs their own directory, do you guys make a good amount of money for it?
    SEMrush
    (need another income because I just been banned by google from their Adsense program)

    thanks in advance guys!
     
    dencha, Sep 13, 2006 IP
    SEMrush
  2. w529

    w529 Banned

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    No directories don’t make a loot of money, without you investing a loot of money first. If you chose to offer free listings you don’t make money and loose large amounts of time approving listings.
     
    w529, Sep 13, 2006 IP
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    fsmedia Prominent Member

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    I disagree. I've made a ton of cash off a directory I barely put any effort into, it had a good pagerank on the main homepage. Just make sure it has strong backlinks and you'll be set.
     
    fsmedia, Sep 13, 2006 IP
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    In addition, you need to invest time and money promoting your directory due to the many competitors.
     
    Pat Gael, Sep 13, 2006 IP
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    I started the ableshare free directory about two months ago. I agree that you can not make money from it. Unless you can combine it with other service, which I don't have interests.

    Anyway I will keep directory alive for as long as possible since I have other projects as well. Maybe I will make a lot of money after 10 or 20 years? ;)
     
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    “ton of cash” its a concept not a number a lot of money for you could me nothing for someone else :), time is money, so normally you spend money or time.
    People just think they build a directory in a day an they will get rich.
     
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    directories can make lots of money but you have to be

    not cheap

    it is a lot of effort in the beggining, but after a few months it takes up a little time, tons of profit if you smart and know what youre doing

    My directory has a PR of zero but I've sold about $250 in my first 3 weeks, imagine after the PR update. You have to know some secrets to attrack traffic . . .
     
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    fsmedia Prominent Member

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    It did take 4 months for pagerank to update, but I really didn't do much else for it, I just had a strong homepage above it. Each persont o their own though.
     
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    Strong backlinks? People here are always selling useless backlinks. I am wondering how to get it.
     
    instyle, Sep 13, 2006 IP
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    #10

    IF you have a well designed and very unique directory, you can make a lot of money off it. Just make sure it's very selective, edited professionaly and SEO friendly. The majority of competitors out there are running generic templates, categories, etc... I don't consider them competition... :)
     
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    This is an excellent comment which I agree.

    Plus you need to invest heavily in marketing and promotion providing a professional 'front line and control support services'
     
    britishguy, Sep 13, 2006 IP
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    shivam Peon

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    no it doesn't make good money anymore..
     
    shivam, Sep 13, 2006 IP
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    If you have a PR6 directory, you could make big money,otherwise it's hard to make good money
     
    hotpop, Sep 13, 2006 IP
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    ! Ask ! Peon

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    Yes, if you are talking of making money without working :)
     
    ! Ask !, Sep 13, 2006 IP
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    I think directories are just in...and has a lot of potential in the future.

    My premium directory network is doing good even before the PR's of some of them getting updated.
     
    agnivo007, Sep 13, 2006 IP
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    I personally think Directories can make you lot of money if you invest alot in getting featured premium listings and getting strong backlinks that give you a high PR. A unique design is not the main thing,but the proper advertisement and sources that drive traffic to your dir mean alot for you in the future.

    The other thing is u need to either choose between which directory you can best handle, Niche directories are mostly good as the listings are of websites similar and in a General Directory you are in a jack of all and master of none situation and besides there are too too many General Web Directories as compared to the Niche ones!

    My 2 cents!
     
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    Yes, you can definitely make money from Directory but you have to create more categories with tons of contents for people to get interested.
     
    asejm3, Apr 10, 2010 IP
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    In my eyes: NO

    I have for a while a paid directory.
    I'm promoting it and I have spend a lot of money on it.
    So far, nobody has paid the stupid low fee.

    (I'm not speaking about my bidding directory in my footer)
    That's another story.

    So far, I have more costs, than profit with my paid directory.
    I was also a long time a free directory.
    What a waste of time: in the last weeks of beeing a free directory, I received 100's of spam submissions.
    Think again, before you start with it.
    I have more bad things with it, than good things.

    I'm considering of letting my paid directory (not my bidding directory), just die ...
    I won't spend any money anymore on it.
    There are to many paid directories.
    And also after promoting a lot, I still got PR 0 after a year.

    Seems Matt Cutt is also busy, punishing paid directories as well.
    I can't speak anything good, about this person.
    To say it friendly GRRRRRRRR

    Jason
     
    JasonJan1, Apr 10, 2010 IP