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    Making money with a free directory?

    How many of you are running a completely free directory and are making actually money from it thru sponsored listings, banner spots and adsense? With free I mean not even requiring a reciprocal link.
    How are you doing it?

    Mike
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

  2. I tried that with my old travel directory and ended up deleting truly massive amounts of spam for ridiculously insignificant amounts of revenue.

    If I was to create another "free" directory, I would charge a $1 submission fee just to reduce the spam.
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    I have started a free one. And needless to say, the spam made it not worth running.
    I will look into that $1 submission fee.
    It also seems like all of the good free ones have closed or upgraded to pay.
    Or they just sit there with 10k sites in the cue and nobody bothering looking at them.
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    Running a free niche directory that matches your main sites is a pretty good way to get targeted e-mail contacts.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by Shenron View Post
    Running a free niche directory that matches your main sites is a pretty good way to get targeted e-mail contacts.
    You are so tempting me to start another niche directory...
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    I will start a new one about Costa Rica!
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

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    I am starting a niche directory about Costa Rica. I think this should work well for me, since my intent is not to make money but get the word out about my real estate firm.
    Not sure if I will charge or ask for a recip.
    Coming to think about, you don't even have to charge a buck, if you charge a penny, spammers will prolly stay away saying "Heck no man, I ain't paying nothing."
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

  8. To charge them, they have to give up enough information to identify them.

    People tend to spam a lot less when their identities are known.
    Submit Your Webmaster Related Sites to the NB Directory
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    I am making $$$$ from my directory and the donation is amazing.
    I did not even ask!!! It is all free to submit and I get about 50+ submissions a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullshitwebsites View Post
    I am making $$$$ from my directory and the donation is amazing.
    I did not even ask!!! It is all free to submit and I get about 50+ submissions a day.
    You are one lucky guy

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