- Its exclusivity – does it let everyone list, or does it cater to a specific niche, such as only entertainment or only religion topics?
- Is it a “free to everyone” site, or does it charge a fee? Generally, sites that charge a fee are recognized as more valuable by search engines.
- How professionally is it designed? Look for directories with good graphics, professionally written text and fresh links that are frequently updated.
You can then narrow your search further by breaking out sites based on whether they are paid sites, reciprocal sites or free sites. You can also check on the actual listing price, which is nice. We checked a few random directories and the data seems to be accurate. Although not the highest quality, this seems to be a good site to help you locate a few directories in your niche.
A somewhat simpler, yet deeper guide to directories can be found at Search Engine Guide, where you can do a Boolean search by keyword or keyword phrase. Or if you prefer, search through the various categories such as science, the arts, health, sports, etc. The advantage here over Index U is that larger categories such as Health & Fitness can be broken down into smaller niche markets like Cardiology, Anesthesiology and Dentistry. Again we did some random searches. We found some broken links but we also found some outstanding resources. In some cases, sites with a PR7 or PR8 on the home page.
Keep in mind that these sites can help you find niche and regional directories – it’s up to you to determine which ones are the best fit for you. Link building takes time and effort, so take the time to visit as many directories as possible, judiciously submitting your site for inclusion.
[tags] directory submissions, search engine guide, free directories, paid directories, niche directories, DMOZ, Yahoo directory, Business.com [/tags]
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