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Does a Directory Tool Like This Exist?

Discussion in 'Directories' started by sagetips, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. #1
    Is anyone aware of a SEO tool to help identify/manage directory listings. I've submitted to many major and minor directories over the last few months and I can't say I've always kept good record of these submissions. I envision a tool that, working from a "comprehensive" database of directories, would generate a checkoff report for a specified domain, of which directories the domain was listed on. Before submitting to directories, I always check to see if I'm already listed; it would be nice to have the information available to skip this step and sharpen the focus.
    SEMrush
    I'm aware that directories are popping up all over and that a "comprehensive" database of directories doesn't exist; on the other hand, I've seen some very large lists that could be a good starting point. Also, new directories would surely be interested in geting listed on such a tool-list.

    Anyway, with the many cool SEO tools out there, I haven't seen one like this. Does anyone know of such a beast? Or is it not feasible?

    Thanks
     
    sagetips, Jan 20, 2005 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Dirkjan

    Dirkjan The Dutch SEO Guy

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    I would be interested too, even if it would be a simple excel file of the directories in an order of how much worth it is to get listed, for example to start with DMOZ, Dir777, Yahoo, Zeal, et cetera.

    Hope someone has at least something? :p
     
    Dirkjan, Jan 21, 2005 IP
  3. seoxperts

    seoxperts Peon

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    that means we are looking for a tool to have a list of all directories, a way to update them all, pageranks, cost, therefore directory type categorization etc....+ the status management.
     
    seoxperts, Jan 21, 2005 IP
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  4. awall19

    awall19 Berserker

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    http://www.seotie.com tracks the submissions to a few directories, but there is no comprehensive tool that does it.

    the hard part is not generating the list or the tool, but keeping it useful. every new directory is not worth one submitting too. many directories are just linking schemes for one SEO firm or anothers client list. some of them never build link popularity or promote themselves. some are FFAs. some use redirects and never drive any significant direct traffic.

    I think it is possible, but there are also some problems that could be associated with it as well.

    there are a few main problems with the idea of the value of a listing.

    the absolute value depends upon your business model, your conversion rate, what category your site will fall under (within the directory structure), what sites are listed in the categories, whether or not you can use descriptive anchor text and how descriptive you can make it and how descriptive your natural site title is anyway... and those are all things that will change specifically from site to site.

    the other problem comes with the associations...

    if a person maintains such a general list and rates the directories that person either has to not be associated with any directories (and thus would be bad at rating value), or that person will likely be friends with some of the directory owners. this could either cause trouble amongst friends or impure data and a person leveraging that position.

    I do not think tracking PageRank really adds much value. what really matters is:

    can the directory provide direct traffic
    is the directory in search engines
    does it provide citation data they use
    does it provide citation data they would want to use

    I have a directory list that I try my best to keep up to date and I use my directory of directories to help filter in submissions as well as track some of the submissions to other directories of directories such as grackelfish, isedb, and directory list, but it is a hell of a lot of work for the return. it is time intensive to compile. if I did not submit so many sites myself I probably would not be keeping it up to date as much.
     
    awall19, Jan 21, 2005 IP
  5. vagrant

    vagrant Peon

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    i am sure i saw a link to a site that offers a large listing of directories in an access database file, but i carn't find the post now *sigh* ... was about 10 to 14 days ago if i remember correctly.
     
    vagrant, Jan 21, 2005 IP
  6. awall19

    awall19 Berserker

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    directorylist.org has an excell file like that
    I have 1 with my ebook too

    I think a bunch of other people have similar lists which are not publicly accessible too.
     
    awall19, Jan 21, 2005 IP
  7. carowan

    carowan Peon

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    #7
    I posted this a few days ago, in another thread.
    Though it might be what you were looking for.
    PS Im not affiliated with the website, just found it very helpful.




    Hey All,

    Im not sure if was ever mentioned in the forums previously, but I found this website
    www.Best-Free-Search-Engine-List.com to be very helpful.
    It has an excel spreadsheet with a HUGE number (over 1300) of directories listed (free and otherwise) and details the ease or difficulty of submission and any costs involved.

    I found the spreadsheet great as I could sort the list for free directories, (I disregarded anything that wasnt free) and then add notes (when submitted etc) to keep track of my progress.

    Well worth a look!
     
    carowan, Jan 21, 2005 IP
  8. Design Agent

    Design Agent Peon

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    sagetips Peon

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    Thanks all for the responses and information. Some great directory resources I wasn't aware of.
     
    sagetips, Jan 23, 2005 IP
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    Im using excel...that's the best tool, but IBP keeps track of submissions too.
     
    gregorym, Jan 23, 2005 IP
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    silencer Notable Member

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    excel is the way to go.... does get ugly though when u have a long list of sites you are submitting :/ i guess a fresh copy doesn't go astray.
     
    silencer, Jan 23, 2005 IP