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    Does anyone use directory's to link to their sites?

    If so, has it been worthwhile for you?

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    Not in half a dozen years.

    Do you know anyone who uses a directory these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PROFRBcom View Post
    Not in half a dozen years.
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    Do you know anyone who uses a directory these days?
    yes millions of people and businesses - eg look at yellow pages / yell.com etc. 20 mill visits/month https://www.similarweb.com/website/y...s.com#overview


    so like everyting it depends

    for local SEO - YES
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    if they are NICHE directories which drive actual clicks yes

    otherwise, what profRB said above ^
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddm View Post

    yes millions of people and businesses - eg look at yellow pages / yell.com etc. 20 mill visits/month https://www.similarweb.com/website/y...s.com#overview


    so like everyting it depends

    for local SEO - YES
    or
    if they are NICHE directories which drive actual clicks yes

    otherwise, what profRB said above ^
    1) No one is looking up online gambling portals in the Yellow Pages
    2) By definition we are talking about ONLINE gambling, not LOCAL SEO
    3) Again, what NICHE directories are being used to search for online gambling these days? JoAnt? BotW? <<-- LOL Haven't gotten a click from either of those once useful directories in, quite literally, years.

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    I'm siding with PROFRBcom on this one.

    Back in the day, Google used Dmoz for their secondary search results. When Google dropped Dmoz, they also highly devalued other directories too. Not long after than, Dmoz closed. That pretty much tells you right there, the value of gambling links in directories (paid or otherwise) are worthless.


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    Those days are gone.

    Back in 2002, I commenced casinolinkback.com, that was a goldmine (as in link value) while it lasted. I had all the good ideas back then. Was only 41 years old. Add 17 to that, and the brain ain't running on NoS these days

    https://web.archive.org/web/20021004...olinks001.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by AussieDave View Post
    I'm siding with PROFRBcom on this one.

    Back in the day, Google used Dmoz for their secondary search results. When Google dropped Dmoz, they also highly devalued other directories too. Not long after than, Dmoz closed. That pretty much tells you right there, the value of gambling links in directories (paid or otherwise) are worthless.


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    Those days are gone.

    Back in 2002, I commenced casinolinkback.com, that was a goldmine (as in link value) while it lasted. I had all the good ideas back then. Was only 41 years old. Add 17 to that, and the brain ain't running on NoS these days

    https://web.archive.org/web/20021004...olinks001.html
    1. good to hear that i'm not the oldest affiliate
    2. always fun to see back those kind of backlinks, i have checked that link above, and none of these sites probably exist anymore, or is well known
    3. that said, i do see sites like slotsup and other ones still using link directories. i think it's more common in the casino industry rather than in the poker industry. especially links on sites like ellysdirectory(.com) to me look very toxic, even from 10 meters distance. i would not prefer to have a link on such a directory together with cosmetics, shoes, nutrition, dating etc.

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    20 years ago, directory links were brilliant, but today, not so brilliant and can oftentimes have a negative effect on your site in the SERPS.
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    If you choose the best directories, it can be worthless. If you choose bad ones, it can be detrimental.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetbet View Post
    20 years ago, directory links were brilliant, but today, not so brilliant and can oftentimes have a negative effect on your site in the SERPS.
    Google opened on 4 September 1998. Back then it was the new kid on the block, trying to carve a market with established SE's such as:


    • Lycos
    • Metacrawler
    • AltaVista
    • Yahoo
    • Netscape
    • Hotbot
    • Infoseek


    Those were the days... You'd submit your site, and within a couple of hours see it ranking. Tweak it some more, and re-submit for another go. It was all on-page SEO back then. Certainly nothing anywhere near the competition now.

    Back then, if you couldn't code (which was mostly done using NotePad - yes NotePad), then you'd have to hire a developer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AussieDave View Post
    You'd submit your site, and within a couple of hours see it ranking. Tweak it some more, and re-submit for another go. It was all on-page SEO back then. Certainly nothing anywhere near the competition now.

    Your own personal printing press I'll bet. Ugh... the cash I could've stacked by being a few years earlier to the party!

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    Previously had a web development business here in AU. However by 1999, seems everyone was getting into it. I needed a change.

    Was one of the chance moments (right place, right time). In Feb 2000 became a casino affiliate.

    If you've watched the movie Blow (George Jung the USA Drug King), there's a line in that movie (goes something like this): 'Cocaine hit the American market like a wildfire'. It's was pretty much the same for online casinos too.



    While the competition these days is fierce, if you can avoid going the 'cookie cutter' route, and instead, think outside the box, I still believe there's still plenty of opportunities out there for resourceful affiliates
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    Directories would only be good if people used them but they don't. It would be good only for a directory that could rank well for something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nenad View Post
    Directories would only be good if people used them but they don't.
    They don't use them (gambling directories) anymore because they're absolutely worthless. If anything, they'll give your site a negative SEO score.

    This is 'free' advice from seasoned affiliates, with years of experience. If anyone doubts what we're saying... Then knock yourself out and submit your site to these directories. But don't say we didn't warn you!
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    I think some higher quality directory links many still have some use, they may pass a very small amount of link juice, although they certainly have little to no value traffic wise.
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    Directories still count in "Google Backlinks" that means directory are not bad yet.. but if there is unrelated links at any page.. it could make negative impact. same story with other kind of links as well .. so find high DA directory and not to choose all directories .. select only 30-50 high DA Directories. and make deep linking whic page most relevant to your website..

    This way you can make useful links.. relevancy was important and still important and will be always too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahfree View Post
    1. good to hear that i'm not the oldest affiliate .
    Same here. One year younger - geddin!

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    I get links by publishing articles on local news sites. (paid link)

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    I think topic relevant directories with high DR and DA still count.
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    If they're relevant directories and are fre no harm in placing a listing

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