I've had a few questions about directories of late. A big thanks to all who have responded and answered my questions,
I'm starting to get a complex here.
I first read about directories about 2 weeks ago and have submitted to about 10 since, you know, just to see what it's all about.
Well of that 10, only 1 has posted my site.
Now, it has been the "free" listings I've wanted, but does that make a difference?
I can't think of a reason they wouldn't post my site. It's just a fan-site of the New Orleans Saints, nothing inappropriate.
Do these things just take awhile?
Well, I've been doing some investigating, and it seems that these directories are all manually updated. No automation. That way a person checks out the submitted site and determines if it gets added. Some directories can take a month to process.
And, since I'm cheap, I opted for the "Free" option on all those directories. That means my site goes to the bottom of the list- after all the paid ones get submitted.
Directories will ususally accept your site if you meet their requirements. It also can take from a few hours to a few weeks for your site to be listed. All depends on the site. As for search engine indexing, that'll take much longer. Yahoo works faster than the other search engines in spidering... google is by far the slowest to spider your site due to the massive queue in line. So this can take months.
Some other directories require reciprical links.. meaning link backs. So they'll only consider linking to you if you link to them 1st. read their requirements too. Some require a minimum page rank for listing.
Typically it's going to be 6-8 days depending on IP refresh. I've seen results as short as 12 hours and as long as 14 days.
I've also submitted my site to several of these directories a few days ago. So far none have listed mine yet. For those who have gotten listed, how much traffic does it bring? Did your pagerank increase?
Depending on the popularity of the directories, it can bring you a lot of visitors as well as...none ! new automated-PHP-script-driven free directories show up every day, and won't drive traffic to your site. Human-driven directories take more time to update their pages but are much more valuable.