Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the most important things you need to consider when setting up a website. Driving more traffic will make your website succeed in the vast World Wide Web. An SEO-friendly website could spell potential and higher earnings. One of the best ways to enhance traffic is to submit your website to web directories.
iPage can help you get more traffic to your site through their Community Directory Listing. They will promote your website to iPage’s visitors every day, and your site can easily be accessed in search engines like Google and Bing.
- Am I planning to generate revenue from my website project?
- Do I have any other promotion strategies planned apart from iPage’s directory listing?
- Is $29.95 too costly for something like directory listing?
Directory listing is a feature that determines the amount of traffic/response your website is getting in the World Wide Web. It shows the number of visits your web pages are able to obtain at a certain period of time.
In directory listing, the web hosting service provider submits your website’s URL to a trusted directory like Google or Yahoo. These directories will then arrange your website and place it on the appropriate category based on your content. This makes it easier for search engines to index and display your website in search results.
Directory listing is similar to yellow pages because it helps users find and view your website a lot faster than if you’re not included in a directory. It’s included as a value-added service in most web hosting packages.
iPage’s Community Directory Listing is a directory of registered websites or domain names that are hosted by iPage. They offer this feature to their clients to help them promote their websites. By listing your site to their community directory, there’s an even greater chance for you to get more visitors, which in turn will increase your site’s search engine rankings.
- Recreation and Sports
- Gifts and Shopping
- Entertainment and Media
- Computer and Internet
- Real Estate
Once you have your site listed in the Community Directory, you can view it in the listed category along with your domain name and a short description of your site. People will also easily find your site in search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
Here are some of the things you can expect when you list your site to iPage Community Directory:
- Improved SEO
- Your website will be promoted to the iPage community, with thousands of visitors every day
- Create listings that can easily be searched by category or keywords
- Control over all aspects of your website’s listing, along with your URL, title, categories, keywords, and a short description of your site
For only $29.95, iPage will give you a link their directory which will look just like these:
I checked out what you get here… and it isn’t pretty. They are nofollowed links. Check it out:
That’s basically telling Google and other search engines that they shouldn’t give weight to that link.
At first glance, this is TERRIBLE. Why would I pay $29.95 for a link that isn’t really a link?!
But if you know your SEO, you know it’s important to have a good mix of nofollow links with your normal links. The easiest way is through blog comments, since they’re almost always nofollowed by default on blogging platforms like WordPress etc…
iPage is protecting their directory from being viewed as a valueless link farm. Nofollow is not surprising. With that said, there are plenty of strong directories that don’t use nofollow. They also cost a ton. Yahoo? $300/year for example. But it can help with your SEO.
If you don’t already have a good mix of nofollow links to your site, it’s good to buy this directory listing.
If your site already has a good balanced backlink profile, don’t buy the directory listing.
iPage is a good shared hosting platform with hand-holding tools for newbies, and the power/flexibility for more advanced web developers and business owners.