I know submitting to directories is dumb now, BUT...

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Since Penguin, directory submissions are pretty much.... well, obsolete as far as backlinking is concerned - there is hardly any argument there.

However, is dmoz still frowned upon by Google in the same light? Or are they still seen as a high-quality backlink?

Is dmoz even seen as a benefit anymore?
#directories #dmoz #dumb #submitting
  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by Auctiondebteliminator View Post

    Since Penguin, directory submissions are pretty much.... well, obsolete as far as backlinking is concerned - there is hardly any argument there.

    However, is dmoz still frowned upon by Google in the same light? Or are they still seen as a high-quality backlink?

    Is dmoz even seen as a benefit anymore?
    I do not know who you have been listening to, but directories actually work really well. You have to use the quality, moderated directories, and not the junk most IM'ers use. If you are using a tool to submit to a few thousand directories at once, yeah, they suck.

    Dmoz is great. BOTW is good. I use a lot of paid directories. They are usually far better than the typical directories. If it costs money, 99% of IM'ers and spammers stay away.
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    • Profile picture of the author scottmacair
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      I do not know who you have been listening to, but directories actually work really well. You have to use the quality, moderated directories, and not the junk most IM'ers use. If you are using a tool to submit to a few thousand directories at once, yeah, they suck.

      Dmoz is great. BOTW is good. I use a lot of paid directories. They are usually far better than the typical directories. If it costs money, 99% of IM'ers and spammers stay away.
      Mike is right. Paid dirs, the ones spammers ignore due to cost and moderation work very well.
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  • Profile picture of the author nimonjo18
    Directories are as important as ever. Directories will never die in SEO. You can get amazing traffic by using reputed directory sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steffy Rose
    According to me,

    If we submit our website to niche related plus high quality directories, then definitely we will get good SERP even after the Google algorithm updates.

    If we do DS with low quality sites, automated approval sites, irrelevant sites then definitely our website will be in trouble..!
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  • Profile picture of the author meenuweb
    Directory is good if it is dofollow ,having good PR then it will definitely beneficial in get best SERP
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  • Profile picture of the author Sclark
    Submitting your site to good-quality, moderated (and better paid) directories still works.
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  • Profile picture of the author eurekapsycrille
    I also use directories that are paid. And yeah. MikeFriedman is right. They are still good. Sometimes I use free ones but those are kinds of directories that are highly moderated. So yes I would agree DMOZ is great.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Nguyen
    Look at any competitive niche, I've noticed a pattern. You build up your base links with real directory sites, good ones are the ones you have to pay for. Once your directory base links are solid, the site will start to gain authority.

    Eg: linkcentre.com history going back since 1999 as far I can see

    Majestic SEO Stats =
    Referring Class C subnets: 2,295
    Citation Flow:45
    Trust Flow:30

    Now that is a good link IMO for a relatively cheap price. Once you build up your base directory links, that's when you can start gaining more and more anchor text links and being abit more aggressive without Google de-ranking you. That's my theory anyway. I've learned from real SEO pros in the industry who've worked on big brands and it's directory submission is common practice. If you want a good directory link then you're most likely gonna need to pay for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaytav
    DIrectory submission is very much effective. But as Mike said, it is important to choose the directories properly as a lot of them are just spammy directories, which can harm your websites.
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