Saturday, September 13, 2014
Directories can be Problematic
Directories can be problematic in SEO. You don't want to be listed in spammy, low-ranking ones. Even high ranking ones can be devalued or penalized by Google and end up being low ranking or toxic. Sometimes the directory owners, especially the owners of penalized directories, ignore your request for removal or make it impossible to request it, and then you have to disavow them.
Local directories are good to submit to. They help you rank organically and on the local Google map for your search terms. Woorank has an excellent list of local Canadian directories that I refer to as a resource all the time. They also have local directories for the US and other countries.
As I have said in previous posts, Yahoo Directory, DMOZ, and Best of the Web directories are all high ranking and safe. DMOZ is free but difficult to get into. Yahoo Directory and Best of the Web are not free. You can buy Best of the Web for half-price ($150 for life) the Monday after Thanksgiving, that is US Thanksgiving. Yahoo Directory is $300 for one year.