Yesterday I received an email from a fellow AR member who was asking me for a good source for inbound links. I have my website included in many directories online, many of which I manually submitted it to myself, but also many more that I paid to have my site submitted to. Directories are like an online version of the yellow pages. They are simply central websites that contain links to many other wesites by category. At one time they were extremely significant in achieving top search engine placement. While they are not as significant a factor anymore, they are still important and a cheap and simple way to increase your websites presence on the internet and search engine ranking.
Directory submission is definitely something that you can do yourself, and there are lots of free directories that you can submit your website to. The only drawback to submitting to lots of these free directories is that it takes quite a bit of time to search them all out, then to fill in all the same information over and over and clicking submit. If you get busy doing submissions, you can maybe submit to 10 in an hour, so depending upon what your time is worth you may wish to do that.
A better way is to pay a professional submission service to submit you to the free directories. They obviously utilize some automated script to fill in the forms, as they charge as little as 14 cents per submission! For that low price, I can't imagine that anyone would want to do it any other way.
Here is the company that I have successfully used to submit my sites to the free directories:
I would recommend anyone with a website spends $30 or $40 on directory submission. Having your site listed in all those free directories create lots of one way links to your site, helps the search engines spider it much much more often, and keeps you current in the search engine placements.
WARNING: there are some other directory submission sites that submit your site to blacklisted directories and 'free links' sites. This can actually hurt your ranking if you are included there. Be very careful to only deal with a credible submission service.
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Robert May is a Realtor, as well as the broker and owner of Rainbow Realty of Lethbridge Alberta. He is also a licensed mortgage broker and mortgage financing expert with Canada First Mortgage of Calgary Alberta. He has been in the lethbridge real estate industry since 1993 and offers full MLS services to the Lethbridge real estate market and surrounding area.. He can be found online at www.LethbridgeLoans.com
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Robert W May is a Real Estate Broker in Lethbridge Alberta, having now been in the industry for over 23 years. . He was also a licensed Lethbridge mortgage broker and financing expert with Canada First Mortgage of Calgary Alberta for the past 10 years. He is an industry leader always willing to help train and educate others in how to improve their business models for financial and personal benefit.