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What makes a "quality" directory?

Discussion in 'Directories' started by EducationLinks, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. #1
    As strictly a submitter who does not own or operate a directory, I look for the following things (in no particular order) when determining the overall "quality" of a given directory:

    No duplicate content
    Dedicated IP address
    No links to gambling, pharmacy, porn, etc.
    No sitewide links
    PR4+
    Not a dropped domain with questionable PR
    Good traffic
    Decent age (proven longevity)
    Sorts listings by age of domain or PR of URL
    Owner reputation
    No off-topic listings in inappropriate categories
    No excessive interlinking between owner's/friend's sites
    No blackhat practices in the directory or across the Web
    No links marked as "Sponsored" or similar
    Backlinks from reputable sources
    SEO-friendly URLs
    SEMrush
     
    EducationLinks, Aug 30, 2007 IP
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  2. workshop

    workshop Guest

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    I would be interested to find out what you do and why you are so interested in education related links. Do you sell them? Or buy them? Whats sites do you run?

    Why a dedicated IP address?
     
    workshop, Aug 30, 2007 IP
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    Kuldeep1952 Active Member

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    You have a very high expectation of a quality directory.
    You could also add, the directory should be either free or have only a nominal review fee.
    But the question is - How many directories do actually meet the criteria?
     
    Kuldeep1952, Aug 30, 2007 IP
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    EducationLinks Well-Known Member

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    I own many educational sites, which I do not list here.

    Many people believe that links from a dedicated IP have more SEO value.

    Some think that getting links from two different sites on the same IP is LESS valuable than getting otherwise exactly the same links from two sites on separate and/or dedicated IPs.

    Others believe that it is a good idea to get links from dedicated IPs because a site with a dedicated IP will not be penalized for the SPAMming practices of other sites that may share an IP address, and the person linking to the dedicated IP is less likely to be undeservedly penalized for linking to a "bad neighborhood."
     
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    The bad neighborhood thing, and dedicated ip addresses doesn't make a difference. All search engines that are worth anything know that sometimes hundreds of sites are on shared servers. It's by domain and that is it.
     
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    EducationLinks Well-Known Member

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    Please be realistic. If that were my all-or-nothing checklist, I would not have been able to purchase a link from ANY directory. Those criteria are general guidelines that I use to help me make a decision. There are an infinite number of possible scenarios. Of course, if a particular directory scores really low on many of the criteria, I walk (or click) the other way.
     
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    EducationLinks Well-Known Member

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    Um, I listed THREE factors involving dedicated IPs. Combined, yes, it does make a difference.
     
    EducationLinks, Aug 30, 2007 IP
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    rightit Well-Known Member

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    Maintaining strong editorial policy helps you to make a quality directory.
     
    rightit, Aug 30, 2007 IP
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    authority status :eek:
     
    workshop, Aug 30, 2007 IP
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    popotalk Notable Member

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    Whatever they say I have a tin foil hat already but I am listed in some Quality. :p

    Yahoo
    Business.com
    Gimpsy

    Nyahahahaha ! Pumping Fist in The Air !:rolleyes:
     
    popotalk, Aug 30, 2007 IP
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    malcolm1 Prominent Member

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    aha... been waiting for yahoo to see if they list us :D

    Nice work..

    thx
    malcolm
     
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    centime Peon

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    I find it very intersting that there is no mention of the quality, or the standard of the sites actually listed in the directory.

    By an large , one of the most important tasks of the directory operator is providing useful content to its users, human and SE automata

    This means rejecting a lot of sites, for various reasons

    And then listing sites with useful content , or potential
     
    centime, Aug 30, 2007 IP