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"SEO friendly" directories

Discussion in 'Directories' started by Bernard, Nov 28, 2005.

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  1. #1
    Do you consider directories that use scripts routing links through 302 redirects to be "SEO friendly" directories?
    SEMrush
    I see the label "SEO friendly" applied to numerous directories in the announcement forum and many of them use redircted links. To me, a truly SEO friendly directory:
    • has the directory on the domain root
    • does not disallow directory pages with robots.txt or a meta robots directive
    • uses plain HTML < a href > links - no script redirects, javascript, rel="nofollow" or other schemas
    • does not bury listings 40 pages deep for a single category
    Am I out in left field here? Thoughts?
     
    Bernard, Nov 28, 2005 IP
    SEMrush
  2. dejaone

    dejaone Well-Known Member

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    302 redirect isn't seo-friendly at all. You got a good list of seo-friendly
     
    dejaone, Nov 28, 2005 IP
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    For me SEO friendly directories are those that passes PR and with a simple submission form. :)
     
    angelfire, Nov 28, 2005 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    #4
    That redirect thing is soooo unnecessary. I use the onclick for click tracking.

    Another distinction for SEO friendly directories is...
    do they accept all titles and descriptions at face value or are they edited?

    I have seen people all competing for the same keywords on the same page. This gives SEO advantages if it happens for one link but surely must be devalued when it happens over and over on a single page.

    So, is the SEO friendly directory the one where they let that happen, or the one where they edit the titles to still be useful but not all the same [​IMG]
     
    sarahk, Nov 29, 2005 IP
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    I would also add to the list of "don'ts" one more thing:
    SEO friendly dirs do not put "?somegoodrefferingcodesandvalues&5464536end" after my domain or link to make google think this is dynamic content page.
     
    ServiceUptime, Nov 29, 2005 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Nasty, I haven't seen that before but, yes, totally unacceptable.
     
    sarahk, Nov 29, 2005 IP
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    EveryQuery Well-Known Member

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    Redirects are simply unacceptable for a directory. The only reason someone would submit a site to your directory is for the backlink and pagerank that might gained by submitting. I am amazed at the few directory sites that use redirects and still seem to get a good number of submissions.
     
    EveryQuery, Nov 29, 2005 IP
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    Lot of people don't know how to check, or haven't thought to. I have over 400 directories in my list, I've recently started going through the list editing out any of the redirects I've missed in the passed. Large Job :)
     
    adacprogramming, Nov 30, 2005 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Yeah, I've submitted sites and then thought to check and had a "D'oh" moment and stop submitting the rest.

    The justice is that they won't get many submissions, certainly not enough quality sites and will probably disappear before long.
     
    sarahk, Nov 30, 2005 IP
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    Does anyone have a list of 'seo friendly' directories as I am in the process of writing an article for holiday homeowners, and I want to list a number of good directories (preferably free)
     
    DarrenC, Dec 1, 2005 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Hi Sarah, Long time no see.

    No problem I'll add these two directories to the article. What would be really useful for this article if anyone knows of a list of free, paid and themed, i.e. travel directories.

    The article is going out to a hefty number of subscribers.

    Darren
     
    DarrenC, Dec 1, 2005 IP
  13. Bernard

    Bernard Well-Known Member

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    Sent you one via PM - I didn't want the thread to drift too far off topic...
     
    Bernard, Dec 1, 2005 IP
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    Thanks Bernard.

    Sorry for hijacking the thread!
     
    DarrenC, Dec 1, 2005 IP
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    I'd only sumbit to a directory with redirects if it's a niche directory in hope of some traffic
     
    Ron, Dec 4, 2005 IP
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    Bernard, I think you are also just saying "SEO Friendly" means:
    The page where your link appears gets easily cached and assigned a pagerank, right?

    And another dodgy tactic is the "no follow" attribute.
     
    dvduval, Dec 4, 2005 IP
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    onedollar SEO Consultant for Hire

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    another important factor is how many pages they have got indexed in the search engines especially Google
     
    onedollar, Dec 9, 2005 IP
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    Bernard Well-Known Member

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    David, not exactly. While that is a part of what I'm driving at, it isn't the whole picture. The pages should be spiderable (which should then be cached as assigned PageRank at some point in time), but they should also be readable with static links and meaningful anchor text to be SEO friendly IMO.

    1$, I don't mind if a directory is new and has no pages indexed as long as there isn't a problem that prevents the directory from being spidered in the future.
     
    Bernard, Dec 11, 2005 IP
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    I programmed my directory from scratch and tried to make it 100% SEO friendly
     
    emz, Dec 11, 2005 IP
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