Free Directory Sites Dropping Out Of Google?

May 15, 2012 • 8:57 am | comments (93) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

DirectoryA WebmasterWorld thread has one SEO noticing that Google has started to purge their index of the free directory submission web sites.

He said that about 50% of the free directory submission web sites are no longer to be found in Google. I searched for a bunch and about 50% of my searches returned results and 50% did not.

Here is one example:

Google Removes Directories

The big question to me is, is this new? Did Google just remove a bunch of these directories? Is Google going to remove more? What criteria did Google use to decide which ones to remove?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Update: David Harry is analyzing data and currently after testing 500 directories and says 16% are delisted from Google. So a lot less than 50% but David is researching more and maybe if that list of 500 was increased to 5,000 it would be higher?

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