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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Directories and their function

For those of you who dont know what the big deal with a directory is...

A directory is simply a web site that contains a categorised listing of links from around the web. They aid surfers to locate the 'best' and most informative links for a particular category. For example a category may be called 'Search engine optimisation' and in this category there is list of links about home PPC and SEM. Directories consist of a collection of categories into which links are seperated. Categories can have sub-categories to make the division of links more specific.

There are a multitude of varied directories on the web at present. They range from general directories that include categories for almost everything, to specific directories that contain categories to match specific areas of interest e.g. web sites about health. It is helpful to get your web site listed in as many directories as possible as this will help you beat the competition in rankings.

Getting your link listed varies between directories as each has their own different process. Some directories require a fee but most do not. A lot of directories offer a mixture between free and paid listing. When you pay to get your link listed in a directory it is normally added within a week and it is guaranteed to be added. On the otherside a directory that offers a free listing can take anywhere from a week to several months to add your link, and also there is no guarantee that the link will be added.

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