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Old 12-05-2009, 05:45 PM
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Getting the most of a Yahoo Directory Submission

When considering a submission to the Yahoo Directory, the biggest obstacle seems to be the submission fee. Over the years, I've learned from my own mistakes that there are ways to increase the value of a listing there.

Free submission through the directory may or may not work. It's usually a waste of time trying to submit a commercial site through a regional version if the category is well represented. Categories with few listings may provide a better chance of a successful free submission.

Either way you choose, here's a few tips that might provide you with a little bonus.

Site Title: Be realistic when creating the title for your site. Look at the existing titles and you can get an idea if there is any leniency here. If there's going to be any chance of getting some keywords included in your listing's title, they will have to be found on your web site in the title, and never to excess.

URL: Self explanatory.

Geographic Location: This is an important one that is easily overlooked as its an optional field. If you have a physical location it is in your best interest to fill out this field. Go the the Regional section of the directory, located the topical category under your city, metropolitan area and county. List these under the geographic location. There is a good chance to get 3 additional listings under these regional subcategories if you take the time to include them during your submission.

One site I'm associated with shows 16 regional listings in the Yahoo directory according to Google (searching site:dir.yahoo.com/Regional/ domainname).

Description: As it reads - max 150 characters. Write a description that actually describes your site and would be of interest to a real person. Hey! This is not anchor text! You don't need a bunch of hype or keywords here. You are writing a description for humans, not search engine spiders.

Two things to remember here:

A human will review your submission.
Spiders do not visit your site with a credit card in tow.

Got it?

Additional Information: Provide any information that might help our editors categorize this site.
Optional field, but as noted, provide additional information such as what localities you serve (back to the regional thing).

The remainder of the form fields are self explanatory.

One last tip: use a speil chicker befroe you sumbit your site.

Good luck with your submission.
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