As I mentioned yesterday, I’m working my way through Spencer Haws’ suggestions about SEO for my existing niche website. Spencer, designer of the keyword research tool Longtail Pro, “details” his search engine optimization process in a blog post.
I’m having my Virtual Assistant submit my site to several high PR directories that are free. Because not all of the links will be approved, I’m submitting to 50 or so directories to start. So, I’ll get more than 10 links total, but many won’t be indexed either, so I might end up with just over 10 real links pointing to my site. That’s fine with me.
Fantastic. Which directories?
It turns out, to my annoyance, Spencer never reveals this. (Instead he suggests readers go to a site called Point Blank SEO, which doesn’t reveal it all in one place either, unless you want to register for the online course.)
I reread the transcript to an interview Spencer gave, in which he mentions web directories, and gives three examples (don’t worry, they’ll be down below). The others, we’re told, will be in the show notes for the interview. No dice.
Ok, this is basic stuff – submit your site to 50 or so web directories as soon as it’s reasonably complete for low-medium quality base-level link building and forget about it. So why won’t anyone talk about the specific directories?
Well, that’s where your boy comes in. Increasing the abundance in the universe. I have my theories about why the major web-biz gurus are reluctant to list things, and they relate to encouraging readers to click on their affiliate links. I have no affiliate links. I have no dog in this race besides helping the maximum number of people possible crack the code to passive income. I want this stage to be a no brainer for my readers, because we’re content creators, not SEO experts.
Here It Is
Below, my working list of web directories. If you see it below, it’s because I’ve submitted, or tried to submit my site to it. If there aren’t 50 yet, it’s because I’m still adding to it.
Technorati.com – Spencer Haws’ recommendation. Registration required.
Blogs.com – submit page appears not to be working
Open Directory Project at dmoz.org – registration required
Bing.com – formerly Yahoo Directory – guess Bing bought them. Requires registration.
Gimpsy – free submission available, but currently overloaded.
Joe Ant – “become an editor” to submit a site for free.
Go Guides – only paid submission available, which I skipped because web directories are such an apparently small part of the SEO equation.
Top Blog Area – straightforward and free – just register.
BlogRankings.com – straightforward and free – just register.
Blogarama.com – straightforward and free – just register.
Zimbio.com – was hard to tell if this one worked at all – you simply enter your site url into a field and click “submit.” It only takes five seconds, so not a waste of time.
That’s it – I’ll continue adding as I discover more.
How I Found These
Googling “web directory list” was a bust. Up came a bunch of niche sites with questionable affiliations. So I googled “web directories technorati, alltop”, including the two examples Spencer Haws specified, and that led to greater success.
Again, want to emphasize that this is a preliminary step, like getting toilet paper for the John when you first move into an apartment. I won’t spend more than a few days on it. And that’s why I want it to be even easier for you.