What does a web directory do?

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A web directory has two objectives:

  • Helping people find solutions in the form of information found on websites.
  • Helping websites promote themselves.

Lets face it, directories have a bad name in the world of internet marketing, even the so called best ones seem to link to websites that have been rejected by any level of user experience rating.

This is because they have focussed too much on the website promotion and not enough on the user experience. Not only that but they became a slave to passing on link equity to the site ranked on Google. All this changed of course with the recent Google updates that were designed to make the search results pages more relevant and useful to the user.

I think this has opened up a space for a new type of directory which focusses on the user experience more than the promotion of the website. Of course the two go hand in hand, if lots of people use the directory then it increases the promotion power of the websites listed within it.

This is the direction I want this, the Human Edited Directory to go in.

The software technology and advances in the understanding of user experience enables a framework to be built which hosts the information. The actual information must be such that it solves the problem of the user, which is why only sites that pass this test.

Most SEOs ask about “Is it a dofollow and what is the DA?“, which are sensible questions for the SEO to ask, but it’s only part of the mix. The answer is yes and a DA of 44 as of writing. But with the power of social media, this power is reduced from what it was 8 years ago when this website started.

To take advantage of the power of social media, fresh blog posts, Tweets and Facebook posts will be created to talk about the new sites listed and the ones that are newsworthy.

The more I look into the benefit of the website directory, the more I find it interesting and the more I realise it is an under utilised tools in the web marketing mix.

There is a fee of only £150 for a permanent listing, which enables time to be invested in the review of the website listed and continuing promotion of the directory.

Get your site listed early and ask about our bulk discount.

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FAQ for the Human Edited Directory


What is the Human Edited Directory?

It’s an organised collection of high quality websites that are judged such by an expert in website publishing.

You mean it’s just a directory?

It is a directory, but it’s a lot more than that. We have a very clever backend using ajax and other funky stuff that enables a superb search experience.

But it’s still juet a directory right?

Yes, but we are aiming to make the best directory around, with a focus on user experience.

I was told directories are dead, is this true, isn’t content marketing the new thing?

Saying things are “dead”, works great in a blog post or a conference talk but the truth is most things that are called dead are actually not. Usually it means they have ceased to be fashionable, like top 10 lists, infographics, guest posting and even SEO. In fact the amount of SEO is dead blog posts that exists would fill a small elephant.

But aren’t directories old fashioned?

Yes, they do have the image of not being sexy, but they still do what they claim to do in promoting websites. It’s no more than curating high quality web assets to enable the user to find what they need to find quickly and with the minimum of fuss. In the old days people would throw up crappy directories on lapsed domains that have a link domain authority left. But these were the bad old days and such tactics do not work any more.

So how is this directory different?

We reject a lot of sites that would get listed on lessor directories, this keep our collection of sites high quality and that is important if we want to get repeat visits and shares on social media.

But isn’t selling links bad.

It is yes, but we don’t sell links. Although our links are dofollow because they have been human reviewed to be worthy and high quality. We follow the Google guidelines as we all want the same thing, to make the web a great place to navigate and get to the stuff that is important in a positive way.

Do you take Paypal?


Can I pay manually through my bank?

Yes, contact me for details, admin@cornwallseo.com

Do you do discounts for bulk orders, I have a number of clients who would like this?

Yes, we give discounts if you have a number of websites to submit, get in touch admin@cornwallseo.com

Do you promote the directory to keep it fresh?

Yes, we create blog posts, and promote over social media. We add new sites nearly every day, but we may be having a break on Christmas Day.

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