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Directory Listing Is it Dangerous?

Discussion in 'Directories' started by wisdomtool, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. #1
    I used to pay for Directory Listings in batches of 50 - 100. Well the service provider did quite a good job. But I heard that directory listings are now more of a bane to Google and other search engines. Is it true and if yes, any references from Google?
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    wisdomtool, Jun 9, 2013 IP
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  2. Karen May Jones

    Karen May Jones Prominent Member

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    I don't think directories are dangerous as much as they could be a waste of time/money. If google was going to strike out at us for using a directory, all our enemies and competitors would be busy listing other peoples' sites in the directories just to be jerks.
     
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  3. wisdomtool

    wisdomtool Moderator Staff

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    Good idea, if that is the case, I will start paying for my competitors sites to be listed :) , just joking.
     
    wisdomtool, Jun 9, 2013 IP
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    gkd_uk Well-Known Member

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    May change in future but for now it's ok IMO.

    Continue to submit to quality directories and do some quick research before submitting.
     
    gkd_uk, Jun 10, 2013 IP
  5. Nima

    Nima Well-Known Member

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    Directory submissions are ok and useful. I wouldn't suggest submitting to hundreds of free and mostly not-well-maintained directories though.
     
    Nima, Jun 10, 2013 IP
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    Saying that getting a directory listing will harm your site is a current myth being propagated by some SEOs. It is true that if your site is listed in a bad directory, your site could be affected. But to say that this is applicable to all directories is an unfair assessment to make.
     
    Renatus, Jun 10, 2013 IP
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    Blogmaster Blood Type Dating Affiliate Manager

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    It all depends. If you have a new site and it has only directory links, it may set off an alert. Established sites with a lot of natural looking links seem to be immune from such penalty.
     
    Blogmaster, Jun 10, 2013 IP
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    VukasinI Well-Known Member

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    #8
    All true you said... Good comment..
     
    VukasinI, Jun 11, 2013 IP
  9. Bedwan

    Bedwan Active Member

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    As long as your submitting to quality web directories, then they will be useful and helpful.
     
    Bedwan, Jun 12, 2013 IP
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    gio Well-Known Member

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    It all depends on the directory you're submitting yout site to. You should always do a research on the directory. don't do the bulk submissions services that many offer. it will likely get you penalized.
     
    gio, Jun 12, 2013 IP
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    peeter black Well-Known Member

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    #11
    Now these days bookmarking is best way to boost your site in google.
     
    peeter black, Jun 20, 2013 IP
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    stoner3221 Notable Member

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    #12
    paying for submission in batches of 50 - 100 will give you a bad linking profile with Google. You need to list only in high quality directories and presently there are only a handful that can be considered high quality.
     
    stoner3221, Jun 21, 2013 IP
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    If you're doing manually submissions and following their guidelines then I don't think it is dangerous.I prefer to submit to 10 authority directories then submitting to 100 low quality directories.
     
    david_ben, Jun 23, 2013 IP
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    dont do bulk submission after google update it will harm your site , get your website listed in only human edited directories like Dmoz.org, selfgrowth.com etc
     
    Nercciss, Jun 23, 2013 IP
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    Bedwan Active Member

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    In my opinion Dmoz has become a waste of time. As for selfgrowth it is not a web directory from what I see.
     
    Bedwan, Jun 23, 2013 IP
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    first go check self growth listing and dmoz still carry lot of weightage
     
    Nercciss, Jun 23, 2013 IP
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    Antonio Well-Known Member

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    #17
    There will be good directories and bad ones, this thread has been posted many years ago,and google has not killed diretories.
     
    Antonio, Jun 25, 2013 IP
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    If PA and DA of any directory is greater than submitted website then this will beneficial otherwise it may harm your site.
     
    johnhalsell, Jun 26, 2013 IP
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    Directory submission is as useful as it was in the past, so i am still trying to find anything bad about it.
     
    Alex jones, Jun 26, 2013 IP
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    I've never submitted much to directories. The one thing that would concern me is the quality of sites listed. Even if we all have good sites to submit, what other kinds of sites are offered there? For instance, is it one that offers illegal services (i.e. gambling or p*t paraphernalia) or adult dating sites and p*rn? In other words, is listing a site in a directory enough to possibly consider me associated with "bad link neighborhoods."
     
    Alyssa Lochmore, Jun 26, 2013 IP