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The "YOU should NOT start a web directory" List

Discussion in 'Directories' started by homepageofthemonth, Feb 11, 2008.

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  1. #1
    After checking out some posts on DP and seeing this post, http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=701162, I decided to write a short list.

    I don't mean for it to be completely hateful, and many of you boys and girls know the deal, but I thought it would be fun, so here goes:

    Every statement on this list should be followed by...YOU should NOT start a web directory.

    1. If you bought a dropped domain name just because it had pagerank, and now you don't know how to recover the money you wasted...

    2. If your directory domain name is related to another industry, for example "encephalopathy-mesothelioma.info"...

    3. If you think it would be cool to clean up your site by removing template sponsor/developer credits...

    4. If you have ever asked the question "Where can I find a category dump?"...
    SEMrush
    5. If you already calculated how much it will cost to list the directory for sale at SitePoint...

    6. If the statement "New High PR Directory" makes sense to you...

    7. If you use framesets to spread your PR over every page of the directory...

    8. If you have ever asked the question "How can I bulk approve submissions?"...

    9. If you use the Pagerank Prediction tool religiously every hour, on the hour...

    10. If you take an existing directory name and just add a hyphen, then steal the logo and try to pass it off as the original. for example "emporium-directory.dumb"...

    If anyone wants to continue the list with #11 go ahead.
     
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    discover Notable Member

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    11. If you have ever inquired about how to run 20 directories using one database ...

    12. If you think adsense is going to bring you enough money to make it worth your while ...

    13. If after reading 13 you are going to place adsense both in a category format across the top half of the page or beside anywhere you hope someone will misclick ...

    14. If you are going to only accept sites with a certain PR ...

    15. If you are only going to accept payment by cheque ...

    16. If you think categories get in the way of ad placements ...

    17. If you are going to delete the database on purpose after changing to a paid directory ...

    18. If you are going to accept all submitted descriptions without editing ...

    19. If you think directory is spelled directori ...

    20. If you think its easy ...
     
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    jg123 Notable Member

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    21. If you have ever asked the question "How can I set my script to auto approve submissions?"...
    22. If you fail to make any money you plan on coming to this forum to troll....
    23. If you think adding content is adding a word cloud page to your directory....
    24. If you think owning a directory will get you hot chicks...
     
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    sizzler_chetan Prominent Member

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    25. If you think selling cheap links in dropped domain directory and then selling off the directory is a wise decision.
    26. If you think ripping off some good directory's template will get some submissions to your directory.
     
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    xc06 Well-Known Member

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    I recommend this thread be sticky in directory section.
     
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    padhamanabhasharma Banned

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    27. If you have ever thought to submit 300 websites to a list of directories.
     
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    YIAM Notable Member

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    I think placing 3 ads unit and one link unit ( because four add unit in one page is not allowed), surrounding submit button of submit page will work. :p ;)
     
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    Jaysonnhs Active Member

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    That's pretty hilarious. Thanks Homepageofthemonth and all other contributors - #6!!!
     
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    I second your proposal.:)
     
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    uttoransen Prominent Member

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    28) If you give top bids in exchange or free
     
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    enQuira Peon

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    29) If you plan to promote your directories exclusively to other directory owners.
    30) If you think that your success depends on "senior" directory owners
    31) If you think that a custom template is the number one plus of your directory
    32) if you will brag about the mods you installed not the content of your directory
     
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    mikey1090 Moderator Staff

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    33) if you think you're cool as you have PR4
    34) if you're confused as to why people submit to PR0 directories
    35) if you think a bid directory is going to make you rich
    36) if you are scared of google
     
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    Nice suggestion guys, I think that this thread should be made sticky.
    37. Can i remove footer links from the free directory templates.
     
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    Blogmaster Blood Type Dating Affiliate Manager

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    38. If you have more homepage links than actual listings in the directory. LOL
    39. If you have ripped off the categories from another DP member and don't understand that archive.org can prove your "He stole it from me" line wrong.
    40. If you have PMed the owner of this forum before reaching 10 posts spamming him with a 2 for 1 introductory special.
    41. If you have already started 2 "Why did I get an infraction?" threads and are working on number 3 because the other ones have been locked.
    42. If you don't bother getting a design, because your DP signature will get you a PR7 and that is all that matters anyways.
    43. If you had to steal your mom's credit card to register the .info domain for the directory.
    44. If your approval time depends on when your classes are and how late the public library is open.
    This thread is pretty funny, if they don't stick it, let's keep it going.
     
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    45. If you create 100 empty categories rather than letting it grow gradually
    46. If you won't bother to rework your listings when you do add new categories
    47. If you won't bother to check that people have submitted to the right category
    48. If you don't love your niche
     
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    49. If you want to become an established Quick Buck Crew member
    50. If you don't know proper grammer/english. lol
     
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    51. When You have categories that are 100 pages deep that not even christ will ever find let alone SE spiders
    52. When the "pending links" reaches 10,000 + and you "only accept" cheap $2 dollar featured
    53. When you sell "1000 directory submissions" for the price of a burger and small fries (no drink included)
    54. When You sell the emails from your database to another for spamming purposes
    55. When You steal others domain names and get .ar .cc .cn extensions and hope they wont catch it
     
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    56. When you hit people up on MSN to bump your threads for you.
    57. When your homepage counter hasn't changed from "You are the 100,000th visitor" in over a week.
    58. When you read Costa Dedes' blog wondering what you could do to be more like him.
    59. When you call your insurance company requesting rates to cover you for a potential ban from DP.
    60. When you're a dude, but have a chick in your avatar hoping it will get you more submissions.
     
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    61. When you "charge" someone to be removed from your directory
    62. When DP is your only source of advertising as you wont spend any $$
    64. When you push the "snitch button" at google to "try" and eliminate other directory owners
    65. When you dont have the "Balls" to leave your name in the red rep you gave another directory owner
    66. When everything has to be "Free" otherwise you dont like it or wont use it
    67. When hosting the directory becomes to expensive and you start using geocities
    68. When you have more then 5-10 directories all using the same IPs and C classes
    69. When you redirect PR from another domain into tricking potential submitters
    70. When you purchase a domain that has the word "FREE" in it and turn it to All Paid Directory.
     
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    Let's get a full list of 'Not to's' first perhaps. Interesting points, shame most won't pay a blind bit of notice to any of the points. :(
     
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