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Internet Directories in the Future

Discussion in 'Directories' started by madmn, Dec 26, 2017.

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    Everyone that owned a directory in the near past can probably testify that the market changed and directories are now not good for marketing websites. The true nature of an internet directory is to offer a catelog of websites to the public. So what makes up a directory of the future.

    In this day in age Interactivity - can visitors interact with the site, does it offer an advantage to search engines and other means of finding websites. After all if you can't find a good or at least usefull or interesting website in a directory whats the point. I estimate one day the directory concept will both offer quality sites and be used usefully by the general public.

    Features - What features in the future will be in popular directories. How about like and dislike buttons. Many websites on the internet use like and dislike buttons. The data that can be gathered by this could be valuable to the goals and objectives of a directory of the future.

    Another interactive feature is ratings. If the ratings are true its valuable to visitors to judge websites offered with more precision.
    Saving - Directories offer websites. Why not offer a capability of saving and organizing websites you find looking thru the directory.
    madmn, Dec 26, 2017 IP
  2. dscurlock

    dscurlock Prominent Member

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    not sure why people continue to talk about the past...
    directories have already come, and gone...
    directories are ok for some link diversification, and thats it...

    I have never in my life seen a directory come up
    during a normal search, so why would I need them?
    I hate to tell you this, but google search is the directory.

    If you have a directory, forum, or classified site that is
    not already popular, then you are nothing more then
    a breeze waiting to blow over, these platforms are the past,
    and almost impossible to get them off the ground due
    to big social sites moving into town over the last few years.
    dscurlock, Dec 27, 2017 IP
  3. madmn

    madmn Well-Known Member

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    madmn, Dec 27, 2017 IP
  4. partnerdig

    partnerdig Active Member

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    High quality directories add value to the Web. They can still be useful.
    partnerdig, Dec 29, 2017 IP
  5. mrb1129

    mrb1129 Well-Known Member

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    Well its a valid point if its not popular now than its future is scary.

    As of today also people use directories which are basically content rich and well known. Some look for paid ones because they filter out a certain amount of low quality content.

    If you own one now then you have to make sure that its content rich and also try to make it popular as much as you can.
    mrb1129, Dec 29, 2017 IP
  6. Sankalp Patil

    Sankalp Patil Greenhorn

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    Importance of Directory Submission
    1. Free marketing – The cost of keeping up directory listings are minimal, most are completely free.
    2. They amplify your online presence – gives you enhanced rank with better chances to be seen on the first page of the search engines.
    3. Increases local visibility – huge benefit without spending hundreds of dollars on PPC and marketing
    4. Put the buzz in your prospects ear by increasing brand awareness – your customers can see your business before even clicking on it. In a directory that is a huge benefit!
    5. Make yourself discover-able – most customers won’t know your name unless you come up under a search. And that is a great thing to help your local visibility. Make sure you enter all the business information so that no matter what the consumer searches for your business name will come up on that directory,
    6. Reputation Management – all directory sites will have a specific ranking system to rate and review local businesses that services have been rendered. This spotlight can have both positive and negative experiences. Working similar to word-of-mouth, clients leaving accurate reviews and ratings about a company can help future clients to see what your business is all about and what it represents.
    Sankalp Patil, Apr 24, 2018 IP
  7. phplduser

    phplduser Member

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    There are still a few web directories around that hold good value but these have been well maintained, kept up to date but yes, far and few between, Business directories seem to be the better choice now if you can get one off the ground.

    Best Regards
    phplduser, May 11, 2018 IP