Why your web site might not get listed in
Internet directories such as Yahoo, part 2 of 2
Last week, we told you three
reasons why your web site might not get listed in Internet
Here are further reasons:
4. Your web site uses uncommon plug-ins.
If your web site is password protected or requires some
kind of plug-in, directory editors will probably not list
your site at all.
Your site should not contain the latest technology that
makes it potentially inaccessible to even a minority of
Java applets, Flash movies, Shockwave and other web elements
that require some form of plug-in download. You don't know
which operating system and browsers the directory editor
will use when looking at your site.
5. Your web site isn't popular.
Some editors look at the Alexa rank first to decide whether
it's worth looking at your site or not (although this doesn't
make sense because either your site has exciting content
worth linking to or not). Directories don't like to add
the 536th site about "home based business opportunities".
Your site must be original and popular. It's a bit like
the hen-egg problem. Your site should be popular but actually,
you submit your site to directories so that it becomes popular.
We recommend using the software program ARELIS to get more
sites linking to your site.
6. You haven't published your post address.
It really helps if your site has a real address/phone/fax/email
address attached to it. It also helps if you provide a contact
name. Publish your street address and not a postbox address.
Directories don't want to list fly-by-night companies.
7. Watch out for 19 additional mistakes.
We also published an article that describes the 19
common mistakes that prevent your web site from showing
up on search engines. The reasons listed there also
apply to your directory submission.
Next week, we'll answer the frequently asked question about
the best time to re-submit your web site to directories if
you didn't get accepted in the first place.
If you want to submit
your web site to search engines, directories and even
special industry-specific sites, we recommend using the software
program IBP 3.