Are Web Directories Any Good

Are Web Directories Any Good



Are Web Directories any good?
Since I​ started promoting my website, I​ came across a​ wide array of​ web directories, and​ I​ have to​ admit this question has been bugging me since then .​
Are Web Directories any good for​ the​ Internet?
Let's start by getting the​ obvious out of​ the​ way first .​
The main purpose of​ web directories is​ to​ promote web sites .​
This isn't usually done directly, by directing users through their links, since web directories don't get that much traffic, but indirectly.
The way this indirect promotion works is​ that, after a​ website is​ registered in​ several web directories, search engines' crawlers see the​ links and​ count them, increasing the​ page rank and​ search results for​ the​ specific web page.
Ok, this is​ fine, but what about the​ surfers? Let's be honest, 99 percent of​ the​ people that visit web directories are web masters that want to​ promote their web sites by getting a​ few extra links .​
Web directories have never been too attractive to​ surfers .​
But can they become attractive? Well, my guess is​ they can .​
And the​ only way to​ do so is​ to​ become more user friendly and​ to​ provide surfers with useful content.
What I​ mean by this is​ that web directories can become popular websites if, instead of​ providing a​ list of​ mediocre websites, ordered by the​ ammount of​ money each one of​ them payed for​ their listing in​ the​ web directory, they would provide a​ list of​ the​ top websites the​ internet has to​ offer for​ each category .​
Such a​ list should be maintained by the​ web masters, by searching the​ web and​ choosing the​ top websites.
Of course, this means that you can't just wait for​ people to​ submit any websites to​ your directory .​
You will have to​ get working on finding the​ websites surfers might be interested in .​
Another cool thing one could add is​ to​ allows userse to​ rate the​ websites that are listed .​
This is​ a​ very nice addition, since it​ adds an​ interactive element to​ the​ website and​ orders the​ websites by the​ ratings given by surfers.
My previous experiences with web directories or​ 'Top 100' websites have been appaling .​
All of​ those websites were filled with second grade links, the​ kind of​ websites you are expecting to​ receive malware from to​ be honest .​
Well, this type of​ 'Tom's top 100 websites' linking to​ 'Jerry's top car magazine', containing 2 months old news simply doesn't work .​
This is​ not what surfers want to​ see .​
Neither the​ MS-Dos type graphics in​ 32 colours, nor the​ sponsored links or​ suggested websites.
I really hope that the​ future will bring better web directories to​ the​ scene .​
Let's be honest! There are so many great websites out there that surfers don't know about, and​ so little places where you can find out about them.
Well, this is​ my opinion on web directories .​
I​ hope you enjoyed reading it!




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