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Why directories are still important

Discussion in 'Directories' started by deebee, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. #1
    Just thought I'd post up a positive case study to counter some of the ne’er sayers who seem to frequent DP.

    I build websites; not overly complex sites, just general sites for small businesses. I always do some ground level SEO work on each site to give it a fighting chance, not least of which is to include a new site in www.jooomla.co.uk, my own directory.

    Last weekend, I finished this site. I also added the site to the directory. Less than 4 days later, the directory ranks at 1 & 2 for the search term 'lionheart rosettes' - the website is not yet ranking for its own site name, I suspect because of its age.
    SEMrush
    Conclusion? If you have a new website, a directory listing will help to promote that site & drive traffic to it.

    I'm sure there are other conclusions that could be drawn from this and would welcome your comments.
     
    deebee, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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  2. eric_wahlberg

    eric_wahlberg Well-Known Member

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    #2
    I also agree with you for new sites,directory submission is an ideal way to get them recognized.
     
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    MeetHere Prominent Member

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    #3
    Nice to see another positive review about directory value.
    Congrats.
    And I am sure, it is equally good for old sites.
     
    MeetHere, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    pipes Prominent Member

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    Cool, nice to see positive effects.
     
    pipes, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    malcolm1 Prominent Member

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    Hello...

    Why how dare you post something "positive" about directories... :eek: lol

    Directories have always been the organic way for achieving better rankings and
    whether its a general or niche, free or paid, new or old, with or without PR, the
    link still counts providing its relevant to the category selected and seo friendly
    and one of the best economical solutions in back-link building... ;)

    thx
    malcolm
     
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    britishguy Prominent Member

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    Another positive here endorsing your post Malcolm :cool:
     
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    MeetHere Prominent Member

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    lol. yes you can't post positive about directories :D
     
    MeetHere, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    snowbird Notable Member

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    #8
    Thanks for sharing your results with directory listings deebee.

    I too believe directories have their purpose and are part of a well balanced seo strategy.
     
    snowbird, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    nalds20 Banned

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    #9
    Directory Submission is one of the Basic in SEO
    It will help new website to drive traffic and promoting on it...
    just continue optimizing your site directory.... try other link building
    Article Submission
    Forum Posting
     
    nalds20, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    JamieG Banned

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    I love the site you did, Great work, don't like the play on joomla for your directory though, that's bad, but my own opinion there. I ran some stats for you and saw you only have 8 site links in Google http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=site:lionheartrosettes.co.uk. The reason your ranking so highly with that is your domain name contains the both keywords your searching for, pretty obvious really, its something a bad company from the UK used to do when selling links in their business directory used to do. for example they'd sell a plumber who plies his trade in the 'back of beyond', the domain 'plumberinthebackofbeyond.com' then when the obvious happened and Google indexed it they claimed the extortionate fee was part of a parnership they had with Google. (Of course this partnership never existed they just hit on the fact the domain name still ranks highly despite what people say).

    You should do very well with your site, not just because of the use of the domain name to match your product but the fact you have an excellent design of which I for one would certainly buy from. Well done.

    Conclusion: Your domain name is what is doing it, not the directory listing althought that will certainly help.
     
    JamieG, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    YMC Well-Known Member

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    #11
    Nice site and glad to see that directory submits and a good domain are helping it to grow.

    While the domain name does help for ranking; a link from an existing, regularly indexed site will give it a better chance of being found by the bots.

    You might want to go over the on-page content, seems like there's a problem with some of your punctuation being replaced with ?
     
    YMC, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    MeisterSaam Peon

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    hell, the more backlinks you can get, the better. i don't think you can get penalized for having a backlink from a site?? maybe a spammer site, but if that happens they only penalize the spammer site, not your site.. and since you are listing in a directory, its just more links for you!!

    -Saam
     
    MeisterSaam, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    I wonder how many people search for "lionheart rosettes?" I'm just not familiar with what they are or how popular they might be...
     
    ecbo, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    Jamie, I think you have misunderstood the OP's post. The domain, or newly developed site isn't the one that's ranking. It's his directory jooomla.co.uk which is appearing in number 1 and 2 for that search term. Therefore showing that directories can still pick up good rankings.

    Of course your right on the money with the domain name and it will eventually be 1st because of the keywords being the domain. Although, I just checked the SERPS and jooomla.co.uk is still 1st and 2nd and this thread is now 3rd. Your new site might get some competition from DP! :D
     
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    kumarg Active Member

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    Yes, Directories are good for traffic and for better rankings
     
    kumarg, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    Hope some of the guys that say dirs aren't usefull will understand that they are ...
     
    w3bmaster, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    A few benefits of directory listings:

    • Getting new pages indexed quickly by search engines
    • Improving your ranking in the search engines
    • You'll get some traffic, especially from higher-quality directories
    • For some of my search terms I've seen on Google's first page anywhere from 4-6 directories with my search term in their listing for me.
     
    Jim4767, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    Great to see some positive posts...
    Nice site also.
    +rep sent.

    Thanks Brian
     
    Brian1970, Feb 22, 2008 IP
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    SubmitShop Banned

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    Directories are still important because you get thematic links, different IP links and it also drive traffic if directory is niche specific.
     
    SubmitShop, Feb 22, 2008 IP
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    links from directories help.

    btw, I do not own any directory.
     
    louis2, Feb 22, 2008 IP