How to get listed in Internet directories
As explained in our last newsletter issue, a good listing
in Internet directories can bring your web site a lot of traffic
and it will increase the link popularity of your web site.
In general, to get your web site indexed in a directory,
you have to submit your site to a particular category. In
addition, you have to submit a description of your site. An
editor will review your site and then accept or reject your
site according to its quality.
Sometimes it's harder to get indexed in Internet directories
than to get listed in search engines. There can be a variety
of reasons why Internet directories won't list your web site.
If you follow our tips below, it's more likely that your
web site will be listed in Internet directories. This will
improve your search engine rankings and it will bring more
visitors to your site.
The most important tip is: submit your web site to the right
category and follow the directory's guidelines carefully.
Most directories are very specific. They list only web sites
that fit their topic or world region. Even the major general
directories are very picky, for example if you have a UK-based
site, make sure it's in the appropriate regional category
of the directory.
If you submit to Yahoo and your site is commercial, you must
submit to the "Business and Economy" category. If
you submit to the Open Directory Project (dmoz.org), you must
follow these rules: If your site isn't written in English,
you must choose the World category, if you have an adult site,
you must choose the Adult category, if your site has regional
information, take the Regional section.
So before submitting your web site to a directory, read the
directory's submit guidelines carefully. Here are the addresses
of the major directories and where you can find their guideline
Further directories for the specific topic of your web site
can be found at "directory of directory" sites,
for example searchenginecolossus.com and beaucoup.com.
Submitting to general directories and industry-specific directories
can improve the link popularity score of your web site and
so it can improve your search engine rankings.
If you use IBP 3.0 to submit your web site to search enginesand
Internet directories, then you already have all
important general directories and industry-specific directories
at your fingertips.
Next week, we'll tell you how to get your web site description
accepted by the Internet directory editors.