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Web Directory Submission Tips

By David | May 15, 2013 | Home | Blog Categories | Articles

If you are submitting your link to web directories to help get it noticed, you are on the right track assuming you following some of these simple tips:

1. Find quality directories - You don’t have to submit to the biggest directories, but you do need to avoid submitting low quality directories. Generally, you can pretty easily figure this out yourself by conducting a couple of searches or looking at some of the categories to see if the links seem worthwhile and interesting. To save yourself a little time, you might want to consider getting some recommendations from a directory of directories, as some of the better ones keep pretty good lists.

2. Choose the best category - Not all directories use the same category structure, so try to look carefully and find the most fitting category. Sometimes there is a little more exposure in the top level categories, but if your link is more suitable in a lower level category, it is probably better to choose the lower level category as the directory owner may be more likely to accept your link.

3. Write a good description - Keep in mind that directory owners have to work hard to keep their web directories unique. They get hundreds of submissions, and appreciate it when people take the time to write an accurate description.e. Avoid “sales” sounding language like “#1 resource” or “best prices”. Just focus on writing something that clearly describes the products or content contained on your site.

4. Use the Correct Title - Generally the title for your site would be what is found in your logo area, such as the upper left corner, and usually it is 1-4 words. This is not the place to spam keywords that you are trying to rank, and directory owners are well aware many will use this tactic. Submitting the same anchor text to 100s of directories can even land you in hot water with Google. There are other ways to rank for keywords, so think of directories as a way to let search engines see your site was accepted in a good resource rather than a tool for ranking keywords. You’ll get rankings slowly over time, and rushing this process can be problematic.

5. Paying for the Review Process - Some directories are so busy they need to pay someone to properly review the sites. Be well aware that paying for the review process is not the same as buying links, so long as you are submitting to a quality resource. Things you would probably not want to buy if you are concerned about rankings would be things like sitewide links or permanent homepage links. You just want to be listed in the right category.

Hopefully, these tips will help you understand the process better, and improve your traffic and rankings, so happy submitting!

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