SEO is bringing results, traffic / backlinks growing. Is there need for paid directories?

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SEO is all about backlinks, traffic and conversion. There are end number of ways available to bring a website up in ranking. With sources available ( both free and paid), is it essential to take help of paid directories?
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    In a word, "no". In fact, you'll just be wasting your money if you think it will help you rank because Google ignores paid links and doesn't value directory links anyway. Of course, if it is a widely used directory that will send targeted traffic, go for it (I'm not sure if many of those exist these days, though).

    I'm more concerned about your overall backlink strategy if you think a directory link - paid or unpaid - is going to help with SEO. What other kinds of backlinks are you going after?

    Oh, and you might want to re-think your summation of SEO. Traffic and conversions do not play a role.
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    • Profile picture of the author webcontent
      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      In a word, "no". In fact, you'll just be wasting your money if you think it will help you rank because Google ignores paid links and doesn't value directory links anyway. Of course, if it is a widely used directory that will send targeted traffic, go for it (I'm not sure if many of those exist these days, though).

      I'm more concerned about your overall backlink strategy if you think a directory link - paid or unpaid - is going to help with SEO. What other kinds of backlinks are you going after?

      Oh, and you might want to re-think your summation of SEO. Traffic and conversions do not play a role.
      That's good piece of information D. Then is it not good to go for paid press release directories? Are they too not going to help?
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      In a word, "no". In fact, you'll just be wasting your money if you think it will help you rank because Google ignores paid links and doesn't value directory links anyway. Of course, if it is a widely used directory that will send targeted traffic, go for it (I'm not sure if many of those exist these days, though).

      I'm more concerned about your overall backlink strategy if you think a directory link - paid or unpaid - is going to help with SEO. What other kinds of backlinks are you going after?

      Oh, and you might want to re-think your summation of SEO. Traffic and conversions do not play a role.
      I completely disagree. I have gotten sites ranking for moderately competitive terms with almost nothing other than paid and free directories. It's not going to get you in the top 3 for anything competitive, but it's not a waste and Google certainly doesn't ignore them.

      Technically, they are not paid links. You pay to be reviewed for possible inclusion in the directories or you pay for better placements and/or more features with your placements.

      For example, in Yelp you can pay to add things to your listing and have competitor ads not show up on your page. Of course, Yelp is one of the worst companies on the planet and I would never give them money, but that is a common example most people would be familiar with.
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      • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        I completely disagree. I have gotten sites ranking for moderately competitive terms with almost nothing other than paid and free directories. It's not going to get you in the top 3 for anything competitive, but it's not a waste and Google certainly doesn't ignore them.

        Technically, they are not paid links. You pay to be reviewed for possible inclusion in the directories or you pay for better placements and/or more features with your placements.

        For example, in Yelp you can pay to add things to your listing and have competitor ads not show up on your page. Of course, Yelp is one of the worst companies on the planet and I would never give them money, but that is a common example most people would be familiar with.
        Well, like all backlink-related things - especially for non-competitive terms - I only have to wonder whether or not those sites wouldn't have ranked just as well without those links. I must admit I have never dealt with any businesses in the service industry, so Yelp has never come into play. All of our sites are eCommerce, selling physical products, and frankly, I cannot think of a single directory for physical products that has any influence over rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author expmrb
    Paid directory or directory links isn't going to help much. But if they can earn you links then it will be a different matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeBrickyMedia
    No need to pay for links. It will decrease the rank of your website. Google will penalize your website if it has paid links.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by JoeBrickyMedia View Post

      No need to pay for links. It will decrease the rank of your website. Google will penalize your website if it has paid links.
      That is bullshit. Half the internet runs on paid links.
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  • Profile picture of the author KylieSweet
    There are other most effective paid platforms aside from directories and don't rely on SEO but focus on your target audience to recognize your business as a trusted source.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Paul
    This answer is dividing into two ways. Firstly, SEO (free) is the natural process to bring the traffic and conversions on your websites, no one can never stop you to rank your website in SERP.
    Secondly, Maybe the paid links have not much value than SEO but professionals are still using paid links on a website to increase conversions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maxcro01
    Great information I got from this conversation. Thank you so much all the member for sharing your valuable thoughts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jessie Caturan
    That's a Good point but how does it make a difference on a having a Paid link to a Free link? Does a Spam Paid link can boost your ranking? Or it will just help you bust by google hehe. Thanks for this wonderful question.
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  • Profile picture of the author Medon
    Originally Posted by webcontent View Post

    SEO is all about backlinks, traffic and conversion. There are end number of ways available to bring a website up in ranking. With sources available ( both free and paid), is it essential to take help of paid directories?
    Yes, there is need. If your competitors are still at the top you have very limited options.
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    • Profile picture of the author webcontent
      Originally Posted by Medon View Post

      Yes, there is need. If your competitors are still at the top you have very limited options.
      yes, but don't you think this is going to put an impact on your budget? Additionally, paid directories are not favored by Google. It is because of that point only I am in dilemma. There are few ( may be I am wrong) opinions I have for paid promotion:

      1. Not favorable for the long run ( as you may end up losing your money).
      2. Fear of penalty from G
      3. Paid directories though help, but tells G that you are not doing natural promotion.
      4. Results are for shorter time period.
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      • Profile picture of the author Medon
        Originally Posted by webcontent View Post

        yes, but don't you think this is going to put an impact on your budget? Additionally, paid directories are not favored by Google. It is because of that point only I am in dilemma. There are few ( may be I am wrong) opinions I have for paid promotion:

        1. Not favorable for the long run ( as you may end up losing your money).
        2. Fear of penalty from G
        3. Paid directories though help, but tells G that you are not doing natural promotion.
        4. Results are for shorter time period.
        Very well said. The idea is you must combine organic and paid SEO . I am not suggesting that you overdo it to the extend that google notices it.
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        • Profile picture of the author webcontent
          Originally Posted by Medon View Post

          Very well said. The idea is you must combine organic and paid SEO . I am not suggesting that you overdo it to the extend that google notices it.
          yes true! It is here most of the people do mistake that they overlook the aspect of visibility in the eyes of Google. If they get results, they tend to increase promotion which afterwards leads to penalty.
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  • Profile picture of the author outreachpanda
    SEO does not only bring traffic and ranking higher based on backlinks.

    But Backlinks play a big role in SEO. A paid backlink is not essential but the paid backlink gets the result quickly than free backlinks.

    Paid Backlinks some types here I refer you

    1. Guest Post
    2. Scholarship Backlink
    3. Directory Submission.
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