SEO Strategies from Local Link Catalogs

Link directories and link catalogs have a hard time ranking - meaning it is an excellent SEO experiment for building a quality website.

April 26, 2015

The Demise of Link Directories

You often hear how link and article directories are dead, and by and large this is true for general link directory websites with the exception of dmoz.org, botw.org and a few others. For a historic overview and opinions, you can check these articles from websites that regularly write about search engine optimization and the industry:

Testing Waters With Niche Link Directories

While it is clear that most kinds of websites that primarily function as link catalogs are going downhill, the matter is not completely decided on niche websites that also have strong authority content of which a part is a selective link catalog of vendors and/or service providers. This is why we are currently testing out the concept with a Danish website nemvinduespudsning.dk - it features the following characteristics that differentiates is from other websites of its kind:
  • Articles on do it yourself window washing and equipment.
  • A local catalog of window washers in Denmark organized by city.
  • All articles and listings are intertwined with local references and information. The city pages contain local information with regards to window washing as well as local listings of service providers.
  • All submissions are manually reviewed, so only websites from real service providers are accepted.

Tip: Having such a website is also a great way for web developers and search marketers to start interaction with a wide range of business owners.

How to Apply These Concepts

While the concepts described above works well for our authority content on a link catalog website, they could also be applied to many service providers that target many cities in an area, e.g. a small state or country.

Building local pages with information not found elsewhere that is relevant for searchers can be the factor that gives the final push up in search rankings. Of course, some niches already have plenty of local competition doing this combined with effective link building, but for those that do not, this can be a very cost effective SEO strategy that many websites owners even can do themselves.
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