When I was running my travel directory, I used a free script. It cost me a lot of time and money to maintain that site. phpLD would have been a lot less expensive in the long run. It's all about TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).
I prefer to use open source and free software whenever possible, but often business decisions make commercial software the right choice. There are reasons I am typing this message into vBulletin instead of into PHPBB or TikiWiki.
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I'm interested with your topic sirs. How can I start with those directories? And what could be the best type that would drive consumers and not only surfers? And do you know the best place/site where to start off with a free one for beginners?
- Select a script (I would choose phpLD for $25)
- Select a hosting provider (I would recommend a low-cost, but not free, shared hosting package)
- Select a niche (That choice is too personal for me to make a recommendation)
- Install the script
- Contact people or business and convince them to submit to your directory.
- Build links to your directory
I run one copy of phpLD now, on a proxy list site.
I'm still trying to find the best niche for me before I create a new directory.
How to create a successful niche website:
1. A good catchy domain name.
3. Marketing the site.
4. Patience, Dedication, Passion, and Vision. "There is no such thing as Failures, they are only Delays"
5. Send GoodKarmaToYou message.
6. Keep It Simple Stupid.
7. Go back to A.
Will, seems like you and I have the same style.
One more thing, please please do not Charge yet, make it FREE, gets the traffic moving and then you can charge.
Learn it from me at my directory, free but donation is welcome. I earn more from the donation, google adsense and the featured section.
Glad to say, I get lots of ideas by looking at their sites and making friend with them.
I guess my directory site BS website, is a reputable high integrity directory site.
Just don't judge the book by its cover.