What is a link directory?
Here’s what DMOZ, the popular “Open Directory Project” has to say about what they do: The Open Directory Project is a web directory of Internet resources. A web directory is something akin to a massive reference library. The directory is hierarchically arranged by subject – from broad to specific. The ODP is maintained by community editors who evaluate sites for inclusion in the directory. They are our experts, and all submissions are subject to editor evaluation. In essence, directories are yet another meaningful resource for web users to hopefully find the information they seek. DMOZ and Yahoo! Directories are the most popular. Directories have human editors that decide which submission will be included on the site. This ensures that the information is helpful and does not overlap. It in addition keeps scammers and “junk” websites out of the mix.
Directories can be free or paid submission. Submitting to a free directory means there is no guarantee that your link will be posted. It can also take up to a few months before the submission is processed. Your site will usually be accepted when submitting to a paid directory. Yahoo! Directories is a popular source, but the cost is around $300 for one submission.
There are TONS of link directories on the web. In fact, a search for the term “link directory” on Google yields over a million results. By displaying your link in a directory, it immediately lends credibility and accessibility to your site. Therefore, it is in your best interest to submit to as many directories as possible!
Submit to as many free directories as you can. Chances are, quite a few will accept your link if it is unique and contains solid information. You should also submit to as many paid directories as your budget actively allows. If you are operating on a small income, submission to ten smaller directories will prove to be more valuable than one submission to an expensive one like Yahoo!
Directories have become an invaluable resource to web users. Many people depend on directories the way society depends on the library system. Thus, it is important to be included in this ever-growing system of resources.