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How did you overcome these problems?
We overcame issues by explanation of services that "other guys" provide, and most importantly, we overcame problem with RESULTS. We do what we say, and get it done.
What impact can using a directory submission service have on ones online business?
Directory submissions can make business, LITERALLY. Submitting to search engines is fine, and SHOULD be done. Submitting to directories is definitely a necessity.
What kind of gains can one expect to make by using a directory submission service?
Once Directory listings take, you can expect to probably double your traffic. Double traffic could mean double sales/leads.
What could downfall be of using a directory submission service?
Well, un kept promises. Many "other guys" make big promises, but deliver seldom few or none altogether. Do your research. How long has site been in business? Do a ďwho isĒ look up and see when they bought domain name just to be certain.
Can you give 3 tips on successfully submitting to directories such as DMOZ for example?
Tip 1.) MOST IMPORTANT Proper Category Selection is KEY You MUST submit to applicable category. This is most overlooked, because we think we have a site selling Sports Blankets, like http://www.blanketmall.com/tim and they wanted to be listed into "sports category" After research, I decided it be best that they be submitted into Shopping: Sports: Theme Merchandise category. If I would have submitted site into root of sports, I can GUARANTEE it would have not been accepted.
Tip 2.) Wait. Do NOT submit your site to ODP (dmoz.org) again in a month. Give it 2 months to see results. If after 2 months, you are not listed, rethink your submission, drill down to a deeper, more relevant category, and resubmit.
Tip 3.) Do not hound guides. I have seen people talking about "direct relationships with guides for category "****" They say to email guide and bug them. We disagree with this. If your site is properly submitted, you will not have a problem. We have clients that tried this tactic, and have never been listed. We submitted them, and got them listed.
Thank you for opportunity to give my feedback in this. It has really been a pleasure. Thanks!
Have You Been Thinking of Creating E-books? Brian Holte is a freelance writer/researcher and owner of www.theebookking.com he publishes a newsletter which focuses on brainstorming and researching techniques for e-books.