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When does a directory become trusted and powerful?

Discussion in 'Directory Operation' started by Jason76, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. Jason76 Member

    Jason76

    How many trusted websites and directories does a directory need to link to, in order to be trusted? Also, how many submissions does a site need in order to be powerful? These questions need to be answered because some directory owners want to attract buyers to their directory. In other words, they want their directory to be free at first, but they want to know when they can change it into a money making operation.

     
  2. Converse Active Member

    Converse

    That depends on a lot of things. At this point, it would take a lot of money and resources to develop a comprehensive general directory, capable of competing with the ones that have been around for more than a decade.

    Niche directories are more realistic, in that one ambitious person could still develop a good niche directory, particularly if they are willing to add content beyond that of directory links and descriptions. That is still doable.

    As for free links, the quality of a directory is not defined by whether or not it charges for a submission fee, but keep in mind that free submissions attract spam. More than ninety percent of the submissions that you'll be spending time reviewing will consist of spam and low quality junk, and many of the good sites that are submitted will be submitted haphazardly, as the submitter has nothing invested in it. In order to maintain a good quality directory, you will have to spend a good deal of your time separating the good from the bad quality. If you accept junk into your directory, it will become a junk directory, and the number of good quality submissions you receive will be decreased.

    On the other hand, if you want to encourage people to submit to your directory without an interest in their submission fees, I would recommend charging at least a dollar, or five dollars. That will compensate you at least a little for your time but, more importantly, it will filter out a large percentage of the junk, since spammers won't invest even a dollar for the privilege of spamming your directory.

     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2015
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