Ideas on submitting your blog to Blog Directories – does it really work?

Rose DesRochers (Where to submit your blog | Rose DesRochers), amongst many other bloggers, explicitly recommends bloggers to submit their blogs to Blog Directories. So I decided to verify whether this was important in gaining a wider audience.

My conclusion after searching for a few of my favorite bloggers on several of the blog directories at the top of the list is: submitting your blog to these is largely a waste of time, and unimportant on how popular your blog really is. I searched for three prominent bloggers in several of the directories on her list. Couldn’t find any listing for any of them.
However, there are two that I would suggest you include: Yahoo! Blog Directory and Technorati, but neither of these is particularly a good blog directory. Their value lies in the other tools their websites provide.

After that, don’t bother much. Focus on writing stronger articles, make sure your articles are pinged properly, and craft your skill. Being listed may help out a little early on in attracting a few new visitors, but it is not critical to your success.

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9 thoughts on “Ideas on submitting your blog to Blog Directories – does it really work?

  1. Rose DEsRochers

    Neither Yahoo search or Technorati are blog directories.

    “Rose DesRochers (Where to submit your blog | Rose DesRochers), amongst many other bloggers, explicitly recommends bloggers to submit their blogs on Blog Directories. So I decided to verify whether this was important in gaining a wider audience. My conclusion after searching for a few of my favorite bloggers on several of the blog directories at the top of the list is: it is largely a waste of time, and unimportant on how popular your blog really is. I searched for three prominent bloggers in several of the directories on her list. Couldn’t find any listing for any of them.”

    Duh, Duh Duh! If you did not find the blogs you were looking for listed than that means that those bloggers did not submit their blog to those directories. Can we say duh again! What the heck does finding blogs that you like listed in directories have to do with traffic?

    Correction Rose DesRochers recommends submitting to directories to increase traffic and PR. I am also sure that you may get a few lurkers from submitting.

    My daughter who is a part time blogger has received 71 hits from the Bloggertalk.net directory. I would say that is pretty good.

    Dating from 2/12/2007 – 2/18/2007 I have received 6 hits from bloggingfusion.com which is a new blog directory. I just joined bloglines.com two days ago and have received 15 hits and 3 hits from technorati.com.

    Furthermore all the blogs that I listed have a high PR, therefore increasing your PR and your popularity in Google.

    Those who do not know the faintest about Search engine optimization should NOT blog about it.

  2. kennethdickson Post author

    Thank you for your feedback. I did not confuse SEO with blog directories. I am aware that there may be some overlap between the two. You obviously haven’t visited this Blogs . Nor this: Technorati Directory.

    I also know that backlinks are very important. I am however skeptical about blog directories. Many of them have low PR themselves, and their subpages have no PR. In addition, you are putting your blog into a bunch of pages most of which have no PR. And because the blog directories themselves provide lots of links to pages with no links, their PR is surely dragged down by the weight of low value pages.

    I also know that some of the topbloggers just never bothered with blog directories. Of course they didn’t submit their blogs to directories.

    There’s no ‘duh’ about it. In other words, blog directories were not factors in their success. Why should the average blog directory be factors in your blog’s success?

  3. Rose DesRochers

    I haven’t visited? I recommend bloggers submit to both, but again both of those are search engine directories. Yahoo! Directory Submit charges a 7- Day Guarantee
    US $299.00 non-refundable fee for submission or they have a free submission, but it is not that easy getting listed in Yahoo’s Directory if you choose the free submission.

    Again you are incorrect as many of the blog directories have a high PR.

    blogwise.com, dir.blogflux.com, bloghop.com, bloghub.com, bloguniverse.com and blogcatalog.com all have a PR of 7 or 8.

    Darren Rowse of problogger.net even recommends submitting to blog directories and he is a top blogger.

    I know that some of the top bloggers did submit to directories because they know the value of submitting.

    Who said anything about a blog directory being factors in ones success? Nobody ever said that.

    As for the Blog Directory at Technorati that you linked to those are bloggers who recently joined Technorati and claimed their blog.

    To be honest I have received more visits from directories in the last few days then Technorati.

    Directories provide instant backlinks, get your blog indexed in the search engines and help increase your PR. If you want success, then you have to work at it. There is no magic here!

    Ps: AS for submitting to directories with no PR that is a myth. An index link is an indexed link. It still brings you value. Of course a backlink from a high ranked site has more weight.

    PSS: I blogged about this too. Be sure to read the comments on my post if you’ve not already.

  4. kennethdickson Post author

    Actually, what Darren Rowse says is:

    *I know of webmasters* who swear by the benefits of such a strategy – the first thing that they do when starting a new site is to do the rounds of directories – submitting links to key pages with appropriate keywords in the links.

    It is not clear from that if he did it himself. Though, it’d be worth knowing if he did.

  5. Rose DesRochers

    Actually, Darren suggests submitting to directories in a few of his posts.

    Darren Rowse noted “Directories – Another way to generating inbound links is to submit your links to directories. I know of webmasters who swear by the benefits of such a strategy – the first thing that they do when starting a new site is to do the rounds of directories – submitting links to key pages with appropriate keywords in the links. There are loads of directories out there – many of which offer a free submission. Ari Paparo has compiled a list of blog directories that you might want to start with.”

    Having Google Darren Rowse I see that he has submitted to a few blog directories.

    Geez even a “Top Blogger” suggests submitting.

    Have a nice day. 🙂

  6. Rose DesRochers

    Uh I did read your previously comment and that is what I was responding too and honestly I’m done responding. I should have stopped responding long ago when you edited your article. ROFL! Some bloggers need directories. Some bloggers don’t. Take care!

  7. kennethdickson Post author

    Thanks for the comments. A comment thread like this kind of takes on its own life! Yeah. I tidied up several things, including the links. I did submit to several directories myself, but my stats files don’t show anything. Best of luck.

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