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An important consideration in submitting is to be sure directory has a page rank of no less than three. Four or more is better - reason being that big search engines like Google and Yahoo will attach more relevance to link if directory is well rated. In fact, submitting to a directory with a low or no page rank can - if done frequently - lower your own site’s page rank.
One of best sites in which to find relevant web directories is Vile Silencer (www.vilesilencer.com) . This site will guide you to appropriate directories and even displays page rank of each directory.
Since directories are search engines edited by humans, detailed preparation must be made by site owner or webmaster prior to submission. Be sure to offer a concise description of sites offering, staying within word allowance limits of directories. In addition, description should not include such self-promotional terms as “the best”, “the largest” or “best prices”. Directory editors consider this marketing hype and will undoubtably reject submission.
Regarding cost, many directories offer option of free as well as paid submissions. Many older directories with a large database may no longer accept free submissions - although some still allow freebies despite their size. Newer directories almost always allow free submissions in order to more quickly increase their database. The larger these directories grow, more their importance on web becomes and more likely they are to charge for submission.
Stuart McHenry is President of Site Sift Media, Inc. which owns an operates http://www.site-site.com/