Yes. Assuming it is niche' oriented and well maintained, updated and organized.1)- Do you guys still think creating directories could be profitable?
One directory, with a concentrated theme, or a network of niche' directories.2)- If yes, then creating one directory and working on it like crazy would do the job or you suggest creating a directory network?
If it costs you a buck and makes you two, its worth your while. Are you gonna get rich? Probably not. Is it potentially profitable? Sure. You get out what you put in.
3)- Or do you think Creating directories and expecting good money is just waste of the time.
My explanation comes from experience. I've run KingBloom.Com for several years now. I've kept it basic, simple, neat and well organized. I've also striven to keep it devoid of dead links, or irrelevant links/categories.I would really appreciate some good answers along with proper explanation.
We've always performed well from a PR/site indexing arena. I credit this to organic links, relevant concentrated backlinks, and good relevant organization and content. As such, Google shits on us like everyone else. Alas, the more they shit on us, the less the adverse affect. Quite to the contrary our listing frequency is up, our traffic steady, consistent and ever on the rise, and overall the traffic we deliver to those that list remains one of the main reasons people use us.
We are attempting to deliver traffic and relevance, not PR and Alexa rankings. We charge a very small fee for our listings and do so to cover our time and other costs. Google considers us and other directories as selling "links". That's not what we are doing. We are selling inclusion in a concentrated database of organized web sites.
Google has great difficulty understanding the value of a directory outside of what they consider to be a manipulation of their "linking" system. However, they'll gladly let you display their ads on any site they hate, and take advertisers money all day long on sites they do not like.
Luckily Google is not the "internet", and as has been proven if not argued a thousand times over, Google is not the most popular SE by itself.
We see a great deal of traffic from MSN and Yahoo, as well as other SE's. That said, we've never made it our goal to please Google. Doing so is counter productive IMO. We see a good mix of traffic and decent SERPs from a wide mix of SE's, not just Google. Doing that has made our site that much more reachable and successful over the years as far as I am concerned.
The only real advice I can give to someone that wants to start a directory is, if you are going to do it. Don't do it half ass. Give it 110% at all times. The only way to truly be sucessful is to actually work at it. If the dingbats in google actualy took the time to look at the pages that go in and out of my directory on a daily basis, and at the same time reviewed those indexed, they would see that we are constantly moving URL's to more appropriate categories, deleting sites that are dead or do not meet certain criteria, and are disabling those sites that become unreachable, or questionable. It should be no doubt easy to see the work we do. But hey, to Google - we are selling links. That said, they continue to shit on us. Whatever.
The clear difference between my site and many others though? I've never once paid for a back link or listing anywhere to promote my site. NEVER!!! What got a lot of other directories de-listed was the fact that they paid other site owners for high PR backlinks to inflate PR to increase the value on their site such that people would list with them.
My PR always was real, EARNED and 100% organic. For some reason the ignorant in Google land have seen fit to lob every directory into one toilet ready for more shit.
Anyway... YMMV! Good luck.