Choosing Directory Submission Software: Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Spending Your Hard Earned Dollars
Building backlinks and increasing your site popularity with
search engines using directory submission is the hottest SEO trend on the web
today. However, the directory submission process is one of the most boring and
tedious tasks around. Many website owners outsource directory submission while
others choose to use a directory submitter tool and submit their sites to
directories on their own.
How do you choose the best directory submission software to
handle this important process? Follow these tips to avoid being deceived and
ripped off from unscrupulous sellers.
Here are my Top 10
Questions to ask the merchant company so you can get what you paid for and reach
- Are the directories in your software database well
known across the web or are they just dummy sites? The company may advertise
that they have thousands directories waiting for your website! What they
don’t tell you is that no one knows about those directories, no one visits
them. So no one will ever find your links. Ask for a few directories from
their database. If they don’t seem credible, run fast!
- Do the directories in your database accept free
submissions? Make sure that you won’t need to pay more to submit your site
to the directories nor provide a reciprocal link.
- Does Google index the directories you provide? If
Google doesn’t, then you are wasting your time and money as your link will
never be seen by anyone.
- Do you ever update the directory database? If they
don’t, look for any other directory submitter tool. As any other site on the
Internet, the directories can “die”. You may get a live database of
thousands directories now but in a few months only a hundred directories
from the entire database may be still alive. Thus, you lose backlinks you
paid for. So, ask the selling company if and how often they update the
database by deleting dead directories and adding new ones you can submit
your site to.
- Will I need to pay more for new directories? It has
been from our experience that some companies charge an extra fee for the
updated database. We think it’s not fair because you run the directory
submission yourself. You spend your time. And you’ve already paid them for
the quality directory database.
- Does your database contain many directories from the
same IP address? Google may see the sites which have the same IP as having a
"relation" with each other and thus treat them differently. It is quite
possible that multiple links from the directories with the same IP address
are not given full weight.
- Does your software allow alter the anchor text? You
want to rank for different keywords in search engines and make your links
look as unique as possible. That’s why you should be able to submit your
site under different titles and descriptions. Good directory submitter
software must allow you create a website profile with multiple titles and
descriptions that will be rotated from directory to directory.
- Does your directory submitter automatically solve captcha? Most directories require the captcha code. You’ll waste much time
for typing each captcha manually. Ask the software owner about the captcha
solving capability. Good directory submitter software should be compatible
with a decaptcher service.
- Can your software automatically confirm submissions?
Many directories will send you an email to confirm your submission. You’ll
make your life easier if the directory submitter tool can automatically
check your mailbox for confirmation emails from directories and click on
confirmation links for you.
- How will I know if my submission was approved or not?
You definitely don’t want to spend hours for manually opening each directory
in the browser and searching it for your link. Good software should be able
to crawl each directory you submitted to, check it for your link, report you
if the link exists and give you the URL of the page where your link is
found. Ask the company if you can export the URLs to a file. You can ping
those pages later or use the Backlinks Indexer service to help Google index
your approved listings.
You want directory submission software from a company that
cares about your success. Make sure that software you choose reduces the cost
and complexity of your directory submission process, and that the support will
guide you every step of the way. Follow these tips to ensure you get what you
pay for! If not, you could be headed for failure.
I hope to see you all over the Web.
Fast Directory Submitter is a friendly and easy-to-use semi-automated directory
submission tool that allows you quickly submit your websites to thousands of
free directories. With smart build-in features of Fast Directory Submitter, you
can save a lot of your time, money and generate natural traffic to your sites.