re: Self-listing on blog directories
My advice is to be very careful about which list free of charge blog directories one joins. There are new "list free of charge" directories being created every day as all list free of charge" blog directories derive an income from advertising.
It's important to comprehend from the outset that blog directories do not drive massive traffic to blogs at all. The blogs that get traffic form directories are those positioned at the top of the first pages in the subject/niche/topical section of that directory. In many directories those positions are bought and paid for.
The best one can get from a "list free of charge" blog directory is a trickle of traffic and a backlink. So if your aim is to get lots of traffic from any directory you do not pay to have blog listed in, then do note that if the directory in question does not have a much higher pagerank than your blog has, and if your blog will not be positioned on the top of the first page of search results in the subject/niche/topical section of that directory then joining the directory makes little sense at all. As this is the way a directory is structured you will hear lost of blah, blah, blah about making connections and networking. Don't let that cloud your vision of reality - backlinks are the currency of the blogosphere Is the backlink worth it or not?
1. What is the pagerank on the directory you are considering joining? The pagerank these sites have is based on the pageranks of the blogs registered there. Will joining it result in building the directory's pagerank whilst diminishing your own blog's pagerank?
2. What is the traffic flow (quantcast and alexa) to that directory?
3. What do you think of the kind of advertising you see on that directory site? Do you want that advertising associated with your blog or not?
4. What is the quality of the content in blogs that you see in the top positions registered in the subject/niche/topical section of the directory you are considering entering your blog under? What are the pageranks and traffic metrics on those blogs?
4. Are the blogs in the subject/niche/topical section of that directory you are considering entering your blog under and listed free of charge in the top positions are those top spots paid for "sponsored" positions?
Why does positioning make a difference?
(a) The blogs in the top positions on any search results page are the ones that get the traffic.
(b) The lower on the page your blog is and the number of pages it is back from the front page are indicators of whether or not your blog will benefit from being registered or if the directory gets the benefit.
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