Submitting your websites to directories is one of the most effective ways of increasing traffic, establishing link popularity and improving ranking in search engine results. A directory is basically just a website that features various categories and sub-categories each with links to other sites. It helps web surfers find the most informative links for a certain category they are interested in.
Directories are aplenty on the web today and they can be the general types or the more specific ones containing categories focused on specific fields of interest. It is an advantage to have your website listed in a directory however, it is important to learn first the proper ways of doing this as the rules for submission of web directories differ from each other. Most directories offer a free listing service, some require a certain fee while the others offer a combination of free and paid listing. Paid listings guarantee that your site is listed in the directory usually within just a week while those that don’t charge any fee take weeks or several months to get your link added to their list.
So what’s the best possible way to successfully submit your website and get linked in a directory? First, of course, is to know the right directories which to submit to. Choose the quality ones for your benefit such as DMOZ and Yahoo Directory. These sites offer free and paid listing services.
The next step is to learn the rules. Some directories have different requirements such as you need to be an editor before you can submit to them or you need to be a registered member first and pass a short quiz.
Be sure to provide the right information concerning your website. The most common details being asked are your URL, title, description and keywords that describe your website. Do remember also to provide a valid and working submission email address to avoid rejection.
As for the keywords, make it a point to include them in your title text and description as these words are used by the directory in locating your site when a surfer searches within the directory. Stay away from using promotional language as if you’re advertising your site. It’s best to use descriptive words and more factual statements.
Your website should also be complete with a good layout. It has to be easy to navigate and without the popup or popunder windows which could annoy directory owners. Minimize the ads and affiliate links as well so that your site will be easily accepted.
When submitting your link, choose only the category where your website fits best. This makes the editor’s job easier and will allow your site to be listed faster. Additionally, doing this will also ensure a good ranking in the search engines’ results page.
Finally, don’t fret when you don’t get your link listed right away. Patience is a virtue and so, while waiting for your listing in one directory, take the time to submit to other directories as well. Directories spend time to review websites and it may take a few days or even one or two months before you get results.