Before Google came up with the idea to use links and keywords to come up with search results, visitors would find your site by following a link from a directory. Google still has their directory: DMOZ. So does Yahoo: Yahoo Directory.
A directory is very much like the yellow pages, except it’s not focused on telephone numbers, but links to web sites. It’s the category tree structure, other related listings on the same page and of course the keywords used in the link to your site which help google determining what your web sites is about and based on the amount of such links how important your site is compared to other sites. The more links with your keywords you have, the higher you will rank for those keywords.
In other words; a manual directory submission service is a very easy, yet efficient and so cheap way to get good links for your site that are appreciated by Google so you rank higher for your keywords.
- Although there are thousands and thousands of directories out there, only about 1.500 are free, general directories that give seo-friendly links.
- 500 really good directories
- 500 good directories
- 500 just good enough directories
Which basically means; that it’s indeed, cheap and effective, but limited in total amount.
- Manual directory submission is already well known and so very popular – result; these days you really need to have some PR to get good results.
If no link building has been done for your site yet, you should wait for manual directory submission and do blog commenting and/or article writing and submissions first.
This being said; as long you have at least pagerank (PR) 3, you can really get some very spectacular results from the first 500 manual directory submissions, after that there are 1.000 more directories that will also give visible results.
Like all link building tactics, it takes time. Although a few hundred manual directory submission can be done in just a few days, the submission need to be reviewed before they go live. The very best directories will first review the submitted information of course, but then they also review your site. Only if the directory reviewer likes your site, the submission will get approved and the link will get published for google to find.
Part of what you need to understand is that directories get so many submissions these days that many times your site might get deleted simply because the directory owners can’t keep up with the flow, especially the case for categories that are already over populated. As in; expect an approval ratio of about 50-75%. That’s already good.
The pagerank (PR) of the page with your link is on is very important. This being said; the average PR of the pages in the directories with your links on, is on an average rather low, please be aware of that. What makes the links work is the combination of the pages being related and the amount of links you can get from this link building tactic. For a small price a large number of submissions can be performed.
Our dedicated SEO team will only use manual methods for any SEO work you might order from us, like writing up to 25 unique descriptions for a single order which is one of the many reasons why we can achieve excellent results for you.