Originally Posted by INboxFO
One of my pet peeves with people submitting to directories I have run is submitting a link without knowing what the directory is about. It gets old quick and a lot of submissions have been deleted without much review. Just bein' honest....
Sadly, even very well known SEO's make this mistake.
Directories are seen as a saturate, hit 'n' miss method, and rather than submitting to a selection of directories correctly, people just target a big list and spam the hell out of it.
If you are on that list, you generally get junky submissions.
It's just a fact of life on the internet that people (especially non-seo, non-webmaster types) are not going to take the time to read individual directories guidelines. They should of course, especially the good ones.
Originally Posted by SeoInVOgue
First thing is submission into the right category.
Don't stuff keywords give a proper title.
Providing meta description and keywords if asked for.
Valid Email Id.
These are the things that I have followed personally and they seem to be paying out good for me.
Good tips, though you should probably expand on them because suggesting a "proper description" doesn't really explain to people what style of description a business should write.
To elaborate, a proper description
for a site submitting to a web directory should really be:
- non-promotional - It should contain no marketing speak or promotional terms like "best prices", "the greatest", "most powerful", etc.
- non-repetitive - It should not contain repetition in either keywords/terms or sentences. Saying the same thing two different ways is redundant. Say it once.
- 3rd party - It should read from the 3rd perspective, not the 1st. What this means is that it should not contain I, Our, Us, We, etc. Instead you should describe the site objectively from the perspective of someone that does not own the site.
- concise and not a shopping list - It should just be a clean and concise sentence or two that describes what the site has to offer. But it should not turn into a long list of comma-delimited products that the site has to offer. And please, P L E A S E never use the dreaded phrase and many more....
That's just a quick elaboration on the tip