Does Directory Submission Useful for SEO?

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Well in past Directory submission helps lots in SEO and I seen people use this service again and again but since Google make dramatic changes I feel it's useless for me unless it done on high quality one!

Does Google count them as Spam? As now a days people submit lots in those sites which approve listing withing any process.
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  • Profile picture of the author ashokaa
    Directories submissions are always good for seo, but we have to submit our link only do follow and good pr directories sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author almiller
    Thanks for your advice, I also feel that it's not a worth to build links on site which approved site without any re-check.
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  • Profile picture of the author danielthomas
    Not all directories are useless. Google values directory links from authority sites like dmoz, yahoo, botw.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    Spamming a thousand rubbish directories is pointless. I have found that you do still get benefit and some traffic from a few quality-picked ones though.
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  • for directory submission i personally feel you should target sites having PR more than 4..
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  • Profile picture of the author Hengky Ongko
    useful for the high PR & high authority such as dmoz, yahoo, etc. But usually most of them are paid one. Dmoz is also difficult to get approved. For me, I prefer to have backlink from sidebar link in the same niche or guess blogging with high PR
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  • Profile picture of the author easypr
    Only Directory submission is the not helpful, your website have to live in these directories. Try to find the quality directory which in index & cache by search engine, then submit your website to niche category.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaytav
    Directory Submission is really good and even holds some importance. It is necessary that you go for niche relevant directories. Also going for country specific directories is a good idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikedex
    Using software or bulk directory submissions are useless now a days. You need to submit PR directories with proper category is quiet effective. Don't ignore directory submission.
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  • Profile picture of the author shrutirathore
    Everything is useful but it should be good PR sites..
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    • Profile picture of the author easypr
      Only High PR is not the check point when you doing directory submission. PR is not constant it will be ups & down. I think main thing is directory is index and cache by google, then only you get the weight-edge of directory submission.
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  • Profile picture of the author xbokcom
    Directory submission still works if you take action and do it. It help with strengthen your link base. The best link base method I see is Tier 1 link building and it still work for 2013. Make sure you focus on follow and no follow links cause search engines wants diversity. The most important thing is this start content that people can engage in that build you links automatic for people doing it for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    If you submit to thousands of directories it will be counted as spam and likely to get you penalized but when you submit to the useful ones with good PR as well as moderation, you won't have any problem and will even experience a sharp increase in ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEMaster
    Yes directory submission still works even after panda/ penguin. All you've to do is to focus on quality, not quantity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rollmodl
    Local directories are also useful. One of our listings just reached page #1 and here is how we did it.

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  • Profile picture of the author jaisonjohn
    First responsibility is to listing out top quality high page rank directories and get approval from them to have great influence in ranking, as these submissions in to high quality directories will give you quality backlinks and helps in getting better positions in Google search.
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  • Profile picture of the author aksharbharti
    Yes, High PR links useful for directory submissions.It gives better result for keyword ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEMaster
    Only submit on high pr spam free directories. Quality directories still hold value in SE.
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  • Profile picture of the author KrisN
    All the people telling that submitting to directories is important then please back up your claims with some proof.

    Google might pretty much think directories are a form of spam:

    Web Directory Submission Danger: Analysis of Directories Shows 20% Penalized/Banned by Google | SEOmoz

    You only should try only extreme niche focused directories and that's about it.

    I would never advise anyone post to more than few directories (waste of time).
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  • Profile picture of the author RaySaj
    Sorry have to agree with KrisN.....submitting to directories is a waste of time as your link is likely to be spinned which then has the potential of your link being targeted of as spam...
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  • Profile picture of the author stevejhon1
    Directories Submission Is An Part Of Search Engine Optimization And Helpful To Get Good Results From SEO At Initial Stages Of Online Business For Its Promotion.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by strategic seo services View Post

      Directory submission still works if the directories have a high PR, are related to your site's niche, and the link you receive is dofollow.
      The PR of the homepage is insignificant. What matters is the PR of the page where your link will appear.
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      • Profile picture of the author ProSence
        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        The PR of the homepage is insignificant. What matters is the PR of the page where your link will appear.
        Don't you think that there is difference in directories having pr5 home page and pr1 home page.

        PR5 directory is always beneficial, your listing page would get some pr juice from home page, its authority..

        This thing works with pr1 directory to, you would get the result accordingly, i.e. 20% of pr5..
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        • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
          Originally Posted by ProSence View Post

          Don't you think that there is difference in directories having pr5 home page and pr1 home page.

          PR5 directory is always beneficial, your listing page would get some pr juice from home page, its authority..

          This thing works with pr1 directory to, you would get the result accordingly, i.e. 20% of pr5..
          That's not true at all. If it is a PR 0 page it is a PR 0 page. Does not matter if the domain is PR 5 or PR 0. Equally worthless.

          The only people that try to convince people otherwise are low quality link sellers. They need people to believe that there is benefit to have a link on ANY page of a high PR domain. Otherwise potential customers would realize that the shitty profile links they sell are worthless.

          EDIT: One little caveat to that. If it is a fairly new page on the site that is linked to well from the homepage, it could be useful. The PR toolbar won't actually update until the next PR toolbar update, so although it might say it is a PR 0, it could actually be a page with some PR.
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexgw
            Personally I still use directory submission for link building. I do not think links from a directory can hurt your website. May be the value of the links from a directory page is very less but why should we avoid it if we have enough time to submit our website in directories.

            Though I still use directories, it is no longer my main area of link building. I also check the PR of the web directories before spending time to submit a URL.

            That's not true at all. If it is a PR 0 page it is a PR 0 page. Does not matter if the domain is PR 5 or PR 0. Equally worthless.
            Completely agree with this point.
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  • Profile picture of the author jhon once
    I think directory submissions is still useful. It may not be the only way, and you want to make sure you use quality sites, but if you submit to good directories, the backlinks should help. Personally, I stay away from the sites where you pay for instant / quick approval and go with the free submissions, but mostly because I'm afraid google will figure out which directories let you pay for the submission and hurt your rankings in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author jdpackaging
    I just want to know whether submitting directooes of workable for seo,it means I should continue to submit.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanusense
    I guess only few paid directory sites are worthy for submission, free sites are spammed to death or there are plenty of sites are waiting to get indexed and your gonna get PR0. So, keep stay away.
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  • Profile picture of the author mohsinmallik
    There was a time when people used to blast hundreds of directories with their website link and they used to achieve good ranking with it. Now, you can get good results only if you submit your website into directories which have got good trust level and higher PR. Preferably PR3+ directories.
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  • Profile picture of the author pinkhand
    I also want to know that does directory submission really helps as I perform it for my website but not getting the desired results.
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  • Profile picture of the author evilsaigon
    Directory submission should be part of your strategy but not your MAIN strategy. None of the SEO are as effective as they used to be anymore. That doesn't mean they are totally useless either. Your main strategy should be quality and variety of links.
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  • Profile picture of the author easypr
    Directory Submission is always helpful, but after penguin update their is some restriction in directory submission. We have to check the directory before submission, is they are cache or index by google or not, is they provide dofollow links etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author KKoh
    Hi guys, I have this PR5 business directory which accept outbound links from its listings. We are quite prompt in approving the listings, usually in 24 hours. Please have a look and submit a listing. Thank you.
    The site is Centre for Innovation and Business Development Directory
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  • Profile picture of the author patco
    Directories are not so powerful for SEO, but they can give you a nice keyword density and also you can work on the percent of your dofollow and nofollow backlinks, so if you have time, you can always use directories (also some extra visitors are a bonus!)
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  • Profile picture of the author dalegolden
    Directory submission is a good way to get the variety of backlinks. Having some directory links is not a bad thing at all. I have seen a lot of websites which are doing well in google, have got a lot of directory backlinks.
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    • Profile picture of the author VASEO
      Originally Posted by dalegolden View Post

      Directory submission is a good way to get the variety of backlinks. Having some directory links is not a bad thing at all. I have seen a lot of websites which are doing well in google, have got a lot of directory backlinks.
      I agree, I think they should not use it for the tier 1 and no never use it for backlinks tier 1.
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  • Profile picture of the author eman2011
    Directory submission is beneficial for SEO. But stay away from so called "link farms" or search engines will penalize you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Technoduce
    Yes, directory submissions are useful for seo. It is advisable to post to directories which has a good page rank( ie PR>3). Else posting on sites with less page rank, gives no value for the submissions.
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  • Profile picture of the author challanger
    its really a one small factor, which can affect ranking... nothing else!!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author ProSence
    High pr and low pr, all directories are good but try to use unique description, variation of title while submitting your site, it would help of course, there is no doubt to it..
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  • Profile picture of the author networm
    Personally, I still find web directory submission useful. Of course, directories must be pick and avoid those spammy ones.
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    • Profile picture of the author mdoolan
      I wouldn't bother at all with directory submissions - especially those types of: "submit to 1000 directories for $50" offers. However, it is definitely useful to submit to a few high quality directories - you will have to pay something around $20-$50 for each. The Yahoo directory is also great, but a bit expensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author abdul786
    Directory submission technique is still valuable in terms of seo if done the right way. You have to submit to those high quality directories that does not run to increase their "total links" count.
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  • Profile picture of the author sarataylor2013
    i have a https in my url. directories are not accepting my url. they are saying my url is invalid.
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