Tips To Submitting To Directories

My goal is to submit my sites to directories or link exchanges at least once a week, so I’ve been at it again. I found a few new ones to try and I’ll post those a bit later.

Here’s what I look for when digging for inbound links:

The link to my site must be a pure text link, no scripts at all. Some directories or link exchanges hide this with javascript, so right click on a link already displayed on the page you’re submitting to, then check the Properties. If the link is pure (http://domainname.come), then it’s more than likely a good link.

The page my site is going to be displayed on has to have some Google PR. I’ll bend this rule if the category is newish or not filled with links or if the main page has good PR. I’ll also dig around in the page source to see if there’s a block robots command in there. There’s a reason why there’s no PR displayed and unless the site or page is new, someone’s probably blocking the spiders somewhere. This trick is normally done with link exchanges or sites requiring a link back. Don’t bother – if the page your link will be listed on won’t be spidered, it won’t do you a dang bit of good. But they’ll get a nice boost from your link. Shady dealings huh. Chances are though if there is PR displayed – no spiders are being blocked. They wouldn’t get PR if it was.

I don’t usually start submitting my sites hardcore until I have some PR displayed on the site. Too many directories and link exchanges won’t accept your site because it displays a 0 PR. They don’t know if it’s because your domain is banned by Google, penalized or what. So they won’t link to it.

A few directories or search engines are willing to link to 0PR sites and I’ve had good luck with:

Jayde Directory
Search Sight

The links may be scripted, but they do bring some spiders to your new site. I’ve had good luck with these.

I know there are affiliates and webmasters that run their own mini networks and don’t worry too much about running out to fetch inbound links. I do think though that it’s important to have as many different domains and Class C IP Ranges linking to you as possible. A good mix can’t hurt.


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