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What's your opinion on Bidding directories? Hate them/Love them?

Discussion in 'Directories' started by bigidea_guy, Aug 21, 2008.

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Are bidding directories worth placing a link on?

Poll closed Aug 28, 2008.
  1. Yes

    19 vote(s)
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  2. No

    21 vote(s)
    52.5%
  1. #1
    Are the links worth paying for? I want to know what you think?
    SEMrush
     
    bigidea_guy, Aug 21, 2008 IP
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  2. bobwrit

    bobwrit Peon

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    Nope. There are plenty of free listing services that paying money isn't worth it. IMO.
     
    bobwrit, Aug 21, 2008 IP
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    WallaceYeung Notable Member

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    #3
    you already have had your choice as you own a bidding directory.
     
    WallaceYeung, Aug 21, 2008 IP
  4. bigidea_guy

    bigidea_guy Banned

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    #4
    yea, but I would like to know what people think about bidding on them
     
    bigidea_guy, Aug 21, 2008 IP
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    catanich Peon

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    #5
    There is no link worth paying for if it is not perminent.
     
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  6. Bulger

    Bulger Active Member

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    #6
    paying money is't worth at all, there a lot of free directories that u can submit your links
    If you want quality link's then u need to get into DMOZ, Yahoo
     
    Bulger, Aug 21, 2008 IP
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    #7
    My suspicion is that google will go after bidding directories pretty hard at some time. So if you place a link in a bid directory it will probably be short lived...don't expect it to be there in 2 or 3 years.
     
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  8. bigidea_guy

    bigidea_guy Banned

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    #8
    ok thanks for your feedback,

    Links are permanent though :D
     
    bigidea_guy, Aug 21, 2008 IP
  9. alexme

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    I am very surprised that Google hasn't disallowed and severely penalised bidding directories yet.. paying for links and their positions (isn't that what google hates)?

    I am all for normal free/paid directories that may charge for listings but listings aren't guarunteed, the cost is for the review and not the acceptance... big difference between these and bidding directories.
     
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    #10
    To whoever posted me this comment "google is against paying to rank in their index, not the index of a web site like a bidding directory."

    I am saying that bidding directories are supporting people purchasing links on a website - and paying for their position (and isn't that what google doesn't want), am I wrong? please correct me if I am...
     
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    pibepalo Active Member

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    #11
    Bidding directories are only a variant of paid for review directories (Like Yahoo :p). The price for review is the minimum bid accepted. So, any bid directory can be managed as a link farm of paid links (that sooner or later will be penalized by search engines) or managed as a high quality link directory where submissions and included links are well supervised. Personally, I prefer bid directories that offer free submissions, and once inside, you can bid for positions.
     
    pibepalo, Aug 21, 2008 IP
  12. LakeCountry

    LakeCountry Well-Known Member

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    #12
    What really turned me off to bid directories is to most of them (not all) seem to be nothing more than a collection of casino sites. Not sure I'd like my link on a page with lots of gambling sites...at any cost.
     
    LakeCountry, Aug 21, 2008 IP
  13. fear

    fear Banned

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    #13
    Bidding directories are meant for traffic, the higher you bid the more exposure you get for your site. So if your looking for a good amount of webmaster traffic you should go for bidding directories.
    While other directories main aim is to get backlinks, bidding directories also give you a backlink though. And there are alot of general directories that send traffic like romow, avivadirectory and many others.
     
    fear, Aug 21, 2008 IP
  14. scoobby

    scoobby Active Member

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    #14
    Google and other SE are not differ bid from normal directories or directories from blog,they differ sites that follow their tos and sites they dont.Some opinions here that only yahoo and dmoz can provide your site a quality link is redicilus.Also most bid directories these days are human edited so you pay for a review as you do in normal directories.Also links are Permanent!The point about casino links is corect but they have the $$$ so they rule sometimes but there is measures you can take to avoid this.As for the free directories,i do it in the past also,when i was young and have lot of time and no money.Nowdays i will rather pay for 1 directory than submit to 1000 free and that link will hold more value than the surviving links from the 1000s fee.Bottom line is that the fear mention if you want moe exposure you go for bidding directories if you need just the backlink you go for normal one.
     
    scoobby, Aug 22, 2008 IP
  15. mikey1090

    mikey1090 Moderator Staff

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    #15
    Read this -
    http://www.bidilicious.com/blog/2008/2/16/making-the-most-of-bidding-directories/

    Cheap links at the end of the day.

    Also -

    Please tell me you are kidding. I have yet to see a bid directory that edits titles, descriptions. Most have auto-approve and are stuffed with "casino online" type titles. That's not human edited at all.

    The definition of a directory, and what bid directories actually are is very different. Calling them directories is quite a bold statement, but hey, they make money which is why they are popular.

    Also read this -
    http://www.fuzzuck.com/2008/07/17/bid-directory-scams/

    As CReed points out, many bid directories offer free $1 links - which means people have to pay $2 to be listed above them, or pay $1 to be listed next to them. This totally ruins the whole concept.

    Some bid "directories" don't even bother using categories. They are just alphabetical ordered link farms.

    Thats the reason why Matt Cutts publicly stated that Google doesn't trust them.
     
    mikey1090, Aug 22, 2008 IP
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    enQuira Peon

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    #16
    bid directories can be treated like normal directories if they
    - remove the homepage links
    - remove the sitewide link for the highest bidder
    - disable auto approval
    - follow the same acceptance guidelines as regular directories
    - have normal category stucture (categories, subcategories,..)

    In this case, if a category contains only relevent listings then I see no problem in ranking them with an auction like system.
     
    enQuira, Aug 22, 2008 IP
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    Brandon Sheley Illustrious Member

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    #17
    I've never paid for a link bid and never will ;)

    These directories IMO pose the most risk from google giving them a slam for selling links.

    btw, you have a great blog, thanks for posting the deep links hacks :)
     
    Brandon Sheley, Aug 22, 2008 IP
  18. scoobby

    scoobby Active Member

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    Tell me one thing that matt cuts have say and it was clear or helpfull, everytime i read something he says is like hearing a prophesy from Pythia
     
    scoobby, Aug 22, 2008 IP
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  19. mikey1090

    mikey1090 Moderator Staff

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    #19
    I never said they didn't. Bid directories are the main offenders though.

    Indeed.

    Web directories aren't based on a bid model though.
     
    mikey1090, Aug 22, 2008 IP
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    I think that is the intent... :)
     
    swedal, Aug 22, 2008 IP
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