Directory links downgraded?

Worthwhile Directory Submissions

J asks “Are Web directories still worth submitting to?”

It seems that recently Google downgraded the value of incoming links from Directories in their continued battle to make SEO more difficult for the website owner. In their Webmasters guidelines, they always told web site owners to, “Submit your site to relevant directories, such as the Open Directory Project and Yahoo!, as well as industry specific sites”. Since downgrading directory link value, they have completely removed the above sentence from their guidelines.

That doesn’t mean that there is no value in submitting to a directory, but it does mean that you should target specific directories that have always been seen as authority sites by Google. DMOZ, (The open directory), and Yahoo directory are certainly still seen as authority links, although there is evidence that Yahoo has also been downgraded, as you are basically paying for the links that you get when parting with your $299.

I’ve never been a big fan of the Yahoo directory, due to issues with the switching of page titles in the Yahoo search index, but that issue has been mostly eradicated with the introduction of the noydir meta tag, so if you can afford the cost of the Yahoo listing, it’s as worthwhile as it always has been.

Worthwhile Directories 

DMOZ is difficult to get into, but it’s worth submitting to. Other directories worth considering are:

Business .com $299, Best of the web $199, Librarian’ internet Index Free but need lots of good content, Goguides $70, Joant.com $40, web-beacon.com $40, rubberstamped.net $30, Illumirate.com Free, Stpt.com $99, Gimpsy $40, and Sitesnoop.com $10.

Whatever you do, don’t waste your time and money paying someone to “Manually submit your site to 1000 directories and search engines” Follow the link to read my previous article on the subject.

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