Submitting to directories is a great way to receive traffic
and increase your link popularity. They work in a similar
way to search engines. It is essential that you submit your
website into an appropriate directory and category within
that directory so that you will be receiving focused traffic.
Some directories have no listing fee, while others will
require payment or a reciprocal link. It's good to list
your site with all the free directories, but would not be
worth while to list your site with all the fee based web
directories. We have devised an easy step by step system
to get your site listed, and see if it's worth paying any
fees. As some directories require a reciprocal link you
may first want to follow our
Link Partners section step 1 if you don't already have
a link partners page setup.
Step 1. Preparing to submit
Before submitting to the directories you need to prepare
and make sure you have all the details you'll need ready.
This includes sorting out your keywords, and descriptions
of varying lengths. In step 2 we provide you with a Spreadsheet
submission template. This will guide you through submission
to each directory, and help you keep all your submission
information in one place. For those of you who are not members,
here is a sample
taken from the directory submission template for gathering
the submission information. If you are a member continue
to step 2 and download the main directory submission template.
Step 2. Submitting to the directories
We have compiled a list of over 100 web directories, complete
with Alexa number and PageRank. We've also included a list
of over 35 UK directories and shopping portals. Download
our directory submission template
spreadsheet. It contains a full guide for Preparing to submit,
and columns for all the data you should collect for each
directory. If you have multiple web sites, you'll need to
make a copy of this spreadsheet and enter the information
for each site separately. If you find any directories that
are not included on our list please contact
us with their URL's. Admittedly it is time consuming
to submit to all these directories. But don't forget you
only need to do it once, and the benefits are ten fold.
We offer a directory submission
service, where we will submit your site to as many of
the 100 directories as possible, and provide you with a
completed directory submission spreadsheet with recommendations
on which of the pay for listing directories would be worth
while for your site.
Step 3. Checking your listing
About 2 months after submitting your sites to the directories
you'll need to check that you actually got listed. Go through
the sites in your directory submission spreadsheet and check
that you are in the directory by running a search for your
site name or url. If you have not been listed, check the
submission guidelines (some site will take more than 2 months
to get you listed) and resubmit your site.
Step 4. Specific directories
These can provide you with the best source of directory
traffic available. The directories we provided you with
above are general with all kinds of categories. You get
many directories now that only list sites in one specific
field. Directories such as HotScripts.com
list only CGI, Perl, PHP, ASP and Java Scripts for people
to use on their website's. Others such as Musical
Online list only sites and resources related to music.
to search out these directories specific to your sites content.
Alexa can be useful for finding similar directories after
you have found the first. Some directories will even have
a category where they link to other directories. Create
your own specific directory spreadsheet based on the general
one we provided.