Thursday, November 19, 2009

Social Bookmarking Sites

Just like link directories, you can get a backlink through Social Bookmarking Websites. Getting backlinks through social bookmarking is a lot easier than getting it through link directories. Social bookmarking sites are the ones that allow you to bookmark your favorite links socially, in a manner that they are visible to others visiting the site. Most of these sites allow other users to rate a link submitted by others and if your link can make the homepage of the site through user ratings, you can get tons of traffic from these sites, a huge exposure and a high PR backlink. While submitting your site to social bookmarking sites, make sure your submissions don't look like spam.

Here is a list of top social bookmarking sites

First submit to these top social bookmarking sites, then there are others too. If you want to suggest a social bookmark to this list, please do so by commenting below.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Quality Directories

High-quality link directories still hold value in SEO. Seems like Google will consider 'paid directories' only as quality directories. And those paid directories that have some editorial value which means they will reject a site despite receiving a payment from them like the Yahoo directory.

See for yourself, Matt Cutts speaks about directories...

Monday, June 29, 2009

I Love Link Directories

Yes I do. That is why I have made this blog. And I should make a couple of link directories too. I think I should... should make a few directories.... link directories to be exact... hmm.... maybe more than few... lets see...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

New Trend in Link Directories

I have noticed a new trend in link directories and that is...

Well, make a guess...

Okay let me tell you. It is adding unique, useful and optimized for search engines content. Well this is a really good trend and I appreciate it. And I believe every directory owner should go for it. Not only it will add value to their directory and bring more unique visitors but this practice will also save link directories from dieing.

The new wave of webmasters not submitting their sites to the link directories will "wave off" and people will start submitting their sites to link directories again which will save all link directories from dieing. So, its quite a bit of social work.

Another benefit of this is increase in profit. The huge amount of organic traffic that this unique content will fetch through search engines will increase your site earnings.

So, webmasters if you own a directory, start adding unique, useful and optimized articles and content to it.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Getting High PR

As I said before that I will be posting how I got a PR 3 in less than 2 months, so here it is...

Working with other blog and websites I felt there is something more to SEO and high PR than just backlinks and this is what has been proved with this blog. I got a few backlinks( at least compared to my other sites and blogs, they look few), like 400 something. But all those were backlinks from sites having same or relevant titles and content. So, I learned that backlinks from related keywords can improve your PR and ranking in SERPS.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Page Rank Update, I have PR3

Oh, I just noticed that this blog i.e. "SEO LINK DIRECTORIES" has become a PR 3 blog in less than 2 months!!!
It is really beyond my expectation. With just 14 posts in two months, I was expecting a PR 1 and PR 2 was what I dreamed about. So its a 3 now. I am planning to work hard on this blog from now on to attain a PR 4 on next Google's toolbar PR update.
With this PR update I have learned some new things about SEO and Page Rank(PR) which I will share with you soon.


Was really busy with another new blog. Will start posting informative stuff about the link directories soon. If you want to know about directories, you can put your queries in the comments and I will answer.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dmoz, Now a Low Quality Directory

Dmoz is losing its worth and by the authority this directory has got in the niche, other web directories will lose their worth due to Dmoz too.

How and why is it losing its worth?
A large number of reputed webmasters have claimed(and complained) that Dmoz editors are asking for money to include their sites in the Free Web Directory(Dmoz) due to which Dmoz has lost its reputation and is affecting the reputation of web directories as a whole due to its importance in the field. Now we don't see the Google's webmaster guideline anymore about submitting to web directories like Dmoz, thanx to Dmoz and other directories who are killing their reputation.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Google Webmaster Guidelines

There used to be a guideline about the "web directories" in Google's webmaster guidelines. Google directed webmasters to submit their sites to the link directories such as DMOZ and Yahoo Directory. Note that DMOZ is a free directory while Yahoo Directory is a paid directory. Interestingly Google is against getting paid links and one can't submit a directory to Yahoo Directory without paying a good some of money. Anyways, coming back to the point, Google wanted webmasters to submit their sites to both free and the paid directories. Now this guideline has gone. WHY?!

Well, whether the guideline about directories is there or not, I will still recommend you to submit your sites to directories because backlink is a backlink and you can get one free quality backlink from directories. Guideline about getting backlinks is still there in Google webmaster tools and I think it will be there as long as Google exist because there whole algorithm is based upon backlinks. And here is an advice, be careful while subitting to directories, specially paid ones and observe Google's trend. Don't get yourself penalized by Google. Submit to a few directories and see if your site's rankings have gone down or up or no change and then submit to other directories accordingly. Do make sure that you submit to quality directories only.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Long Time

Been a really long time since I have updated you on something about the link directories. Was busy with some stuff. Will be posting something interesting and informative about the directories soon.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Reciprocal Directories are Useless

Yes they are useless. In an attempt to check them I submitted a high quality site of mine to 'so-called' high quality reciprocal link directories and the results were shocking. This site, when I submit it to free directories, at least half of them add it to their lists of sites, but when I submitted it to reciprocal directories, only around 8% of them linked back to me. "EIGHT PERCENT ONLY"!!! Do you get what I am telling. These reciprocal link directories are a waste of time. I have read about them being a waste of time but wanted to check it for myself so that I can share the results with you and also share some high-quality reciprocal link directories with you.

While submitting my site to them I noticed some other harmful things about them too. One of them was that after the link has been submitted they will display an error message that a back-link to them could not be found on your page which is a trick and I searched it on the web also and many webmasters have reported it as a "dirty trick" by reciprocal link directories. Another bad thing about them is that they link back to you with "NO PR" pages which is again an unhealthy for the SEO of your site. And backlinks with nofollow attribute from reciprocal directories are also being reported. So, always be very careful while submitting your site(s) to these directories. I will try to find some high-quality reciprocal link directories for you.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

List of Free Link Directories

Following is a list of free quality link directories. Remember, my emphasis is on "quality". I have checked them myself by submitting at least one site of mine to each of them. These directories were totally free when I checked them and submitted my site, if any of these is not offering a free submission anymore please inform me through comments and I will personally check them. Please note, that all these directories are general directories.

Read the list of Quality Free General Link Directories below:

P.S. If your directory is free, high-quality and general directory and you want me to include it in the list above, post its link in the comments section and it will be added if it complies with the criteria.

Here are some more random lists: Encyclopedia of Lists

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Manual Directory Submission

While submitting my sites to different kind of directories(to analyze the results to post it here for you), I came across some sites that were offering submission of your sites to like 100 directories, 200 directories, 300 directories etc etc.

Make sure one thing never go for these auto-submission services. There is no harm in paying some one to submit your site manually to different link directories but auto site submission services is not good for your site's reputation and SEO. Before paying someone to submit your site, always make sure to confirm whether they will be submitting it manually or some bot is going to submit it. The spam detection systems that every single directory has these days would not let a bot submit your site automatically and your site will be flagged so beware of aute site submission services.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Article Directories

While submitting to hundreds of directories my sites multiple times I have noticed that link directories are becoming multi-purpose directories i.e. they are link directories and they are also upgrading themselves to the article directories also. There you can submit your websites and articles both.

Good for their SEO, finally they will have some content too. Having bundles of links with no unique and quality content is not a good SEO practice, but with these user-submitted articles they will have some content.

I will not recommend submitting articles to these link directories come article directories. There are two reasons for this.

First: As we know that content is the king, and the original content written by you is priceless and you should not give away such priceless content of yours for absolutely nothing at all.

Second: If you still want to submit articles, you should submit it to pure article directories and not to such link directories come article directories to avail SEO benefits of article submission and getting some quality backlinks.

I didn't intend to write such long post about article directories, just wanted to inform you of their existance and that our beloved link directories are quickly upgrading themselves to multi-purpose directories and allowing their users to submit links as well as articles.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Dirfferent Categories of directories

I am here to update you about this blog.

I will soon be publishing list of link directories on this blog, the list will be published according to the following categories:

Blog Directories:
List of directories that have at least one category dedicated to blogs. If you have a blog and you don't submit it to blog directories then it is a sin and a big one.

Reciprocal Directories:
Directories that require a reciprocal link fron your sites before linking back to you.

List of directories by review time:
Here, directories will be listed according to the time they take to review your site.

Deep link directories:
Directories that allow you to add a deep link from your site into them. Most directories will not let you add anything other than your main URL or the home-page of your site unless you pay them a good sum of money, but there are some directories that facilitate others by letting them add a deep link for free.

Paid directories:
The title says it all.

Free directories:
The title says it all.

Do tell me if you have suggestions for any other categories and I apologize as it is taking me longer than the expected time to compose lists of directories.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Benefits of Submitting to Link Directories

Why should you submit your site to the link directories?

As I wait for the results of my web directory submissions to share them with you, why not discuss some benefits of directory submissions with you.

According to my opinion there are three major benefits of submitting sites to the link directories:

1) Unique Backlinks:

Here I am not going to brag about the importance of backlinks in SEO because you all know there is nothing more worthwhile than getting backlinks. By submitting to link directories you get a unique quality back-link. If your site is good and contains unique quality content then there is no doubt that your site will get approved in almost all the quality directories you submit to and getting approved in each directory means one more static back-link.

2) Traffic:

After all what is this whole SEO thing for?
For traffic obviously. Everything you do is for nothing but traffic. If you have written the right description for your site every now and then you get some visitors from link directories. Specially, if your site is include in quality directories like Dmoz.

3) Global Awareness:

If your site don't rank high in SERPS and people are not aware that it exist, then link directories is a great way to let them know. Link directories do manage to promote your site globally because people from around world visit link directories and if content on your site or blog is good it can manage some faithful readers and followers for your site or blog.

These are some benefits of directories that I know. If you know any, do post them in your comments.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Reciprocal Directories

I will like to admit the fact that I have never before tried reciprocal directories with any of my sites(if my memory is with me). But, now I am submitting a site of mine to reciprocal directories to see how they behave so that I can share the results here with you.

Some question that I now feel like asking about these reciprocal directories are:

Are they really worth it?

Are they really beneficial for your SEO?

Is it a good SEO practice to submit to the reciprocal directories?

Will google and other good search engines consider it as a quality back link?

Is there a chance that instead of my site ranking high in SERPS, it will go down?

I hope I will be able to answer these questions once I am done with submitting my site to them and analyzing the results I achieve. Again I am telling you to wait, but can't really help it.

Testing Directories

Lately I have been busy submitting a website of mine to directories. This way I will be able to keep a track of how these directories respond to my request of inclusion. I will soon be posting the results over here for you to read. This is not the first time I am submitting to directories. I have done this before for a few sites of mine but this time it is different, because now I am doing it for the analysis sake and obviously will be sharing my analysis with the readers of my blog.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The First Directory Post

Soon I will be posting a huge list of free, paid and reciprocal link directories(web directories) here.