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Old 09-18-2010, 08:38 PM
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Directory Editing Tips

Got any?

Here's one to get it started:

For any listing you approve, set the expiration date to coincide with the domain name registration expiration date. It'll give you a chance to review the listing to see if the domain name was renewed by the owner or snatched up by an opportunist. It might save you from linking to a "bad neighborhood" type site.

This is done for all of our editorial additions as well as submissions.
 
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Rewrite submitted descriptions, make them concise, unique, write them for your users.

Check the submitted sites for uniqueness, there are a couple of good sites around where you can input the url and check a site for uniqueness.

Check Whois information, useful info can be gained from this.

Check archives, Wayback Machine etc..

Ensure deepest most suited category selection.

I have lots more but let's see what others can input to the thread as well.
 
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Ensure that you link to the main url and not a subpage or deeplink. This way, should the site be reorganised or something, chances are that the link will remain live.

Ensure that the site is not a mirror site, resulting in the person getting multiple listings for the same website.
 
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Ensure that you link to the main url and not a subpage or deeplink. This way, should the site be reorganised or something, chances are that the link will remain live.
To expand a little on that use the shortest URL to the index page as well.
 
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I have a couple

1. Never repeat the same word in description more than once
2. Use domain as foundation for Title
3. Remove from Title everything that can be said in description in stead.
4. Visit site and compare what they've submitted to what they're saying about their site
in their own pages. You will be surprised how well some sites info has been written.

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Great advice here.

Yes it is often a mystery to me why people submit such bad information to directories, when their actual website has brilliant written content. I never have understood that. I can only put that down to bad advice found on forums, which unfortunately abounds.

One editing tip I have is to seed categories within a directory.

Many directories do not go out and source their own content, and this is a mistake. Standing around waiting for submissions to categories makes those categories useless in the interim.

Directories are about providing quality information, so if you have a category with no content in it, or mediocre content, what use is that category to anyone?

So, whenever you create a new category (or in the case of new directories your entire category structure) be sure to seed those categories with high quality listings to ensure they are relevant and useful.

An example would be a Search Engines subcategory within a directory. If it doesn't have the big 3 listed, as part of the seeding process, then IMO it is missing relevancy and quality. Since Google, Bing and Yahoo are highly unlikely to submit to your directory, adding them yourself will ensure that your SE Category remains viable.

For other industries it can be useful to include the recognised international or national governing bodies, as seeded sites. e.g. For Basketball, including the NBA.

Seeding doesn't need to be about just giving kudos to recognised and well known sites either. Good editors will also find little known gems on the web, and include them in their directories to bring them to the attention of a much wider audience. This is what good editing is all about
 
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