Is it still worthwhile to submit website in directory submission sites?

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I am wondering about the SEO techniques, nowadays competition is too high to run with. If I am starting a new site, is it still worthwhile to submit my site in directory submission sites... doesnt it make spamming or what? I am literally confused...
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  • Profile picture of the author imshazia
    Of course directory submission works, but do it with caution. Only choose good directories, 99% auto approved sites are not good, so discard them.
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    • Profile picture of the author DizenSounds
      Originally Posted by imshazia View Post

      Of course directory submission works, but do it with caution. Only choose good directories, 99% auto approved sites are not good, so discard them.
      lol more like of course it works to give you a nice fat Google penalty.

      Take a look around at what's happening with directories and how many people have received penalties from them.

      Directory submissions are the worst thing you can do for a sites rankings.
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      • Profile picture of the author edpudol1973
        Originally Posted by DizenSounds View Post

        lol more like of course it works to give you a nice fat Google penalty.
        Not true. There are still good human edited directories that can help. Many seo practitioner who need citations use local and targeted business directories.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndresNWD
    There are some natural Directories you will like to submit your site to: yellow pages, service listings, local business listings... For the rest, you should be careful enough to check at least if they have Pagerank (just to know they're not banned from google).

    Hope it helps!
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    • Profile picture of the author pixelcreative
      Andrew i visit your page and see that your are servicing backlink exchange. Does it still valid? Do you have any thread here that i can visit.

      Originally Posted by AndresNWD View Post

      There are some natural Directories you will like to submit your site to: yellow pages, service listings, local business listings... For the rest, you should be careful enough to check at least if they have Pagerank (just to know they're not banned from google).

      Hope it helps!
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  • manually submitted citations are very helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author iisark
    Originally Posted by sheerled View Post

    I am wondering about the SEO techniques, nowadays competition is too high to run with. If I am starting a new site, is it still worthwhile to submit my site in directory submission sites... doesnt it make spamming or what? I am literally confused...
    Directories were and are good way to get targeted traffic and quality links. But not all of them. After latest Google updates 99% of direcotries were devalued and are worthless. Not only that, but submitting to hundreds of them can hurt your site rankings.
    What you can do is to find high quality directories which are relevant to your niche and location and try to include your site. It doesn't matter if they are free or paid - both can work very well for your site. The more important thing is the quality. If the directory has a strict approval policy and is useful for the users it will be useful for you too.

    Watch this video by Mutt Cutts (lead of Google spam team):

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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    Forget directories. Their homepage may have a lot of link juice, but the page on which your link is located is likely to be a low quality page with little or no link juice.
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    • Profile picture of the author iisark
      Originally Posted by SEO Power View Post

      Forget directories. Their homepage may have a lot of link juice, but the page on which your link is located is likely to be a low quality page with little or no link juice.
      Hi SEO power,

      In case you didn't noticed, dofollow/high pagerank links are not main ranking factor anymore. See this study on Search Metrics:
      SEO Ranking Factors 2014 Study | Searchmetrics

      I repeat this in all of my posts: quality + relevance - quality of your site, quality of your links, that is what matters. If you have awesome site and people decide to share it all over the web you will receive search engine rankings as well.

      Lets say you have a UK online store. What do you think will benefit you more:

      1. A nofollow, PR0 link from BBC news.

      or

      2. Dofollow, PR6 link from irrelevant chinese website.

      Same is with directories - if is high quality and is related to your website, definitely will help you with your search engine rankings + will get your targeted traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author PBMax
      Originally Posted by SEO Power View Post

      Forget directories. Their homepage may have a lot of link juice, but the page on which your link is located is likely to be a low quality page with little or no link juice.
      That's if you're narrowly focusing on the directory as ranking help. There are better options for that.

      Directories need to be seen as direct traffic drivers - problem is that most directories are obscure at best, save a few like Yahoo, BOTW and Dmoz. But these are so convoluted they cease to be of any quick help to the user.

      There are diamonds in the rough that can send traffic, but no directory should be looked at as a primary ranking booster.
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  • Profile picture of the author PBMax
    Of course directories still work. Especially if the directory markets to the public as a "go-to" business list. I'd go with the premium (pay monthly/yearly) ones because that tells the user that you're serious about your business and tells Google, et al that you're not just in the game to spam the hell out of it.

    I see directories as a traffic source first, then as a way to help rank second.
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  • Profile picture of the author ahmansoor
    Only submit to the good directories with that are relevant and have strong editorial guidelines/ checks.
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  • Profile picture of the author freelanceronline
    if you are looking for links. do Link exchange with your niche type of websites... its better than directory submissions and of course Citations are best.
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  • Profile picture of the author turboshandy
    I stopped using directories a long time ago. Better focus on social media or creating good quality back links.
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  • Profile picture of the author WDR
    True, most web directories are junk, and not worth the time that it takes to submit your site, let alone the submission fee. Of course, it is also true that most blogs aren't worthwhile, and forums, and websites in general.

    As for Google penalizing web directories, Google penalized a very small percentage of the truly junk directories that are out there, leaving the majority of them unscathed, and I know of only two reasonably good quality directories that were caught in the crossfire, and one of them has recovered.

    A web directory is simply a website, and should be judged for what it is. There are good ones, there are not-so-good ones, and there are really awful ones, the worst of which are merely scams impersonating a web directory.

    Can you judge a good website from a bad one? If so, it shouldn't be hard to tell a good web directory from a bad one. We judge websites according to how well they accomplish their mission. If I come across a website whose topic is mongooses, I would attempt to determine whether the site offers useful information about mongooses. Is that information organized reasonably well? Can I find what I am looking for?

    The same is true of a web directory. A directory script with a thousand empty categories is not a web directory, but simply a shell, and that accounts for the majority of the really lousy web directories that are on the Internet. Ignore them, as they cannot direct anyone anywhere.

    When a web directory has content, does it have useful content, or are its listings mostly spam and low-quality nonsense sites?

    Locate the category that corresponds to the topic of your site. How hard was it to find it? If your site were listed on that page, would it be in a good a neighborhood or a bad one? Would the other sites listed on that page be relevant to your own? Don't forget the the relevancy of your back-links is important.

    When a web directory is reasonably well organized, and includes links to useful websites, along with titles and descriptions that are fairly well written and informative, that is a good web directory. If there is a category in that directory that is relevant to your site, then it might be a good source of a relevant back-for you, offering, if nothing else, some link diversity.

    When a web directory is very well organized, and includes a good number of useful websites, titled and described well, as well as a category that is highly relevant to the topic of your site, that would be a very good home for a link to your site, which may help your site's position in the SERPs as well as providing targeted traffic.

    Don't fall for any of those scams that offer to manually submit your site to thousands of high PR web directories upon payment of a fee. First of all, the submissions are almost certain to be automated and the directories your site will be submitted to will be the worst of the worst, since reputable directories won't be accepting submissions from these scams, and there aren't thousands of worthwhile web directories anyhow. Submit your own site, and submit it only to directories that are at least reasonably well organized and maintained, and your site won't be penalized for it.

    As for focusing on social media links, it is folly to focus on any one type of link. The search engines, particularly Google, are looking for diversity in the links that you have, and that can include web directories. Niche directories are particularly useful.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
    I wouldn't even bother to use these directories. After the latest Google updates, it's just a waste of time, and if you do it a lot it might even hurt your site.

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  • Profile picture of the author KingServers01
    Directory submission is still a good and effective technique for SEO, just make sure that you select high PR sites for directory submission.
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