What is a Directory?
A directory is really a categorical directory.
And there are actually two types of these directories.
The simplest type of directory allows you to submit
your site under a particular category like business and simply
adds your site to the directory under business. This type of
directory is sometimes called a FFA (Free for All) Directory.
And that's pretty much what it ends up to be. Some sites use
a bit of software verification before adding your site to the
list to make sure it's not a duplicate and to make sure your
site actually exists. But that's about as much verification
that they do. Many of the so-called FFA's have an extremely
low number of lists listed in their directory. They don't reject
your submission they simply bump the oldest listing to allow
yours to be added. You can see that it won't take long for your
site to get bumped. You can join in the rat race of submitting
your site to these sites every month, but the overall value
of this type of directory is somewhat dubious.
A Monitored Directory
These directories are a little more particular
about what gets listed in their directory and a human monitors
the content. Usually this type of directory lists your site
as it is submitted if they accept you. Try not to boast too
much about your site or it will be rejected. Avoid lots of capital
letters and over used words.
An Edited Directory
In an edited directory not only do they limit
the sites contained in the directory, but they decided what
they are going to say about your site. They actually edit or
completely rewrite the description of your site. For the persons
trying to find valuable information obviously this is the most
valuable type of resource. Yahoo used to be an edited directory.
Oh yes, Yahoo still has their edited directory, but now they
have everything else under the sun including a search engine.
Their search engine is powered by a company name Inktomi. Inktomi
powers many of the search engines on the Internet.
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