Business.com Closing: Directory Links A Thing Of Past?

Nov 12, 2010 • 8:05 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Link Building Tips & SEO
 

There are few high quality directories out there, one of them being Business.com. Well, there will be one less soon. The owners of Business.com announced they are closing it down.

Dex One Corporation today announced it is realigning its interactive operations and will fully integrate Business.com into Dex One. As a result, the company plans to phase out the standalone, national business-to-business sales and marketing operation and focus exclusively on the Dex One business.

Of course, some link builders are upset.

But many know the future of good ranking doesn't rely on a link from Business.com. It doesn't hurt but how much can it truly help?

Yahoo has been closing directories as well. So what is the future for web directories?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld and HighRankings Forums.

Update: @RossHudgens received an email from Business.com saying the directory will remain open. They told him, "Both the Business.com Directory inclusion and Pay Per Click Program will be continuing to run as normal on the Business.com website."

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Comments:

Audai E. Louri

11/12/2010 02:49 pm

I believe blog reviews are a better way of getting back links and letting them build themselves. This site http://www.blogreviews.info provides basic information about blog reviews. I personally prefer Natural Reviews, I find them hinting at a value that my service is providing.

Keir

11/13/2010 04:53 pm

I tested sites both with and without business.com listings and never found any real reason to have one.

Audai E. Louri

11/16/2010 02:16 pm

I see links that provide direct visitors interested in your service is always a plus. That's why a blog review encourages other blogs to spread the word. Because you have something truly valuable.

Mark Humphrys

12/10/2010 09:17 am

We had an email offering half price listings on Business.com this week. Good to hear from @RossHudgens that the directory will remain open! Might just take them up on their offer now! Also to add that Yahoo! is keeping its American directory open and moving the UK versions over to this, maybe they are trying to make a global directory?

SEO Professionals

08/16/2011 09:51 am

When you submit directory links, you are contributing to the wealth of your website. The wealth is in the backlinks. Each backlink from a directory submission enriches your website, particularly the page it is directed to. The page that receives the wealth reaps the benefits. With an eye for careful investing during your directory submissions, you can submit directory links from multiple pages of your website and build a healthy portfolio of your website for the search engines to review.

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