Submitting Your Site To Ranking Directories

A site needs backlinks in order to rank well in the search engines.. But you need to make smart decisions, or those backlinks could end up hurting you in the long run!

Confused? Ever see those niche Top100Sites? Since I have a bunch of football sites, I submitted them to the Top100Football site. The thought process behind it was that the list had good PR, and if I could rank highly enough on there, I’d get a backlink from their high-PR page. These sites measure your traffic through a graphic button you place on your site – Each time an image is served, it counts as a hit. The more hits you get, the higher up the list you go.

Here’s the problem with that – These directories eventually lose their PR. I don’t know why, but 90% of the directories I’ve dealt with are now PR0s. In addition, your site takes longer to load because you’re polling an outside server for that image. Google looks at your site speed these days, so this has a bearing on things.

So I went through my sites today, and stripped out any non-essential outbound links and Javascript. I can’t eliminate all of them, without losing some functionality. I need Google Analytics, I need my Facebook Fan Page widget, and I need the Quantcast code..

All of ’em slow things down somewhat, but that’s life.

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