Monday, May 12, 2008

Start With Directories

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." ~ Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister and author, (1874–1965)
Trying to increase your search engine rankings?

The search engines value the number of links you have to your site when deciding your ranking. Links obtained naturally or which are non-reciprocal are considered more important and valuable than links which are exchanged among sites.

So with 'one-way' links coming at a premium, how do you get them... quickly?

One answer is... you don't. It takes time and effort. Where to start... directory submission.

Web directories serve as a catalog of websites and provide links to web users to various sites categorized under relevant topics. Many of these directories accept websites for inclusion to their directory at no cost... some are paid for.

These directories get you a quality one-way link back to your site. This makes directory submissions one of the best and easiest means of obtaining these quality one-way inbound links.

Here are two MUST haves:

- Yahoo! Search Directory
- The Open Directory Project (This free directory is a "must submit". The SEO and traffic rewards are incredible.)

Some other paid directories worth considering include the following:

- Best of the Web
- UncoverTheNet
- InCrawler

There are lots more... but this is a good start.