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    Default BOTW Links Taken Down Except Sponsors

    To all of those that bought lifetime best of the web links over the years, they have now launched their new site (https://botw.org.uk/) and they have removed all links except for 'sponsors'. Listings still show but with no links.

    I'm going to complain but of course the more of us that do the more seriously they will take it. Hopefully it is a giant f**k up but if not that is a very shady thing to do.

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    BOTW., now there's a blast from the past... yeah looks like they've marked the old lifetime links as 'free listings' in the back end.
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    I messaged them and they said it was a bug in the new system...
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    Quote Originally Posted by baldidiot View Post
    I messaged them and they said it was a bug in the new system...
    I was about to say!

    I have seen their email spam RECENTLY still selling directory listings. Would have been a ballsy cash grab if they sold links right up to the end then nuked them all when changing sites!

    Would ruin their reputation and ability to sell links to suckers :P

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    I remember that a few years ago I paid for a few strong links in BOTW. It was considered a great source for quality links and not just a spammy directory. It's a pity to read this.

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    Thanks for the heads up and warning. Will now need to check things on our side. Thanks
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    also annual subscription has been nuked too

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    I contacted them and they said that they are slowly moving everything over to the new platform, who know knows it might not be as drastic as it initially appeared. I have a few old listings on botw.org.uk and they are still there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrchips View Post
    slowly moving everything over to the new platform
    Doesn't fill you with confidence for buying any future links does it. For a directory of links that has been around since 1994 you would think if they were launching a new site they would check the links, the most important aspect, work before they switch.

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    i got the same message and now they are up again

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    Quote Originally Posted by PROFRBcom View Post
    I have seen their email spam RECENTLY still selling directory listings. Would have been a ballsy cash grab if they sold links right up to the end then nuked them all when changing sites!
    Yeah that did cross my mind as well!
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    I never paid them a cent, probably because they were a wannabe Yahoo in '98 operating a decade too late. Is wotw.org available?

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    Is a BOTW directory link still worth it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokeraussie View Post
    Is a BOTW directory link still worth it?
    Maybe if you wait until the half off sales which come 2x a year IIRC. Black Friday/Cyber Monday I think is one of them.

    Don't pay full price whatever you do.

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    ...and I'd say there may be some heavy debate whether a BOTW listing/link has any value at all....unless anyone can offer some proof or thoughts that would suggest otherwise.

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    IMO, BOTW has not been worth buying for a lot of years.

    And is credit given from xxbotw.org.uk or xxbotw.org or both?
    They also use xxblogs.botw.org for blogs and xxlocal.botw.org

    Is each one an additional cost?

    They state
    Since 1994 Our Business Directory Has Helped Over 3m+ Businesses Get Found Online
    Why only 3 million in 28 years?

    As part of an overall advertising budget for a more local business, or for more generalized shopping sites needing link boosts in the early years after a launch instead of paying unrealistic seo wannabe pricing for crap links it looks more logical.

    To me it just doesn't seen like it is as effective in the affiliate space, your link will be one of only 3+ million,

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    On the topic of web directories is DMOZ still accepting sites? On the poker category page it says the latest update was February 22, 2017.

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    To my knowledge, DMOZ died a long time back

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaumi View Post
    To my knowledge, DMOZ died a long time back
    I thought the same thing but it seems as though the directory has migrated to dmoz-odp.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokeraussie View Post
    I thought the same thing but it seems as though the directory has migrated to dmoz-odp.org
    I think the key phrase there is "Welcome to our archive of dmoz.org"

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