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5 Simple Steps To Submitting Your Website To Link Directories
Written by: S McIntyre
Many webmasters choose link directories to submit their new websites to get page rank and to be found in search engines. These steps should be followed to reduce the chances of getting rejected.

Step 1:
Once you have a live and complete website that is no "under construction" submit it to the major link directories like DMOZ and Yahoo. You can find a full listing of top sites that includes the directory's name and URL, page rank, and whether it's paid or free. Keep in mind, most if not all directories require a top level domain name.

Step 2:
Go through the list and decide on paid or free listing. For a paid listing you have the advantage of getting your website approved quicker (about seven days) and shown in a more prominent space. Fees can range anywhere from $10 to over $200 annually. On the other hand, free listings take a longer time to approve (some take months) and it may also offer a couple of choices like free with reciprocal link with reduced review time or free one-way link with a longer review time.

Step 3:
Remember to read the directory's submission guidelines so you don't waste your time and do a quick search to make sure you haven't previously submitted your site. It's a good idea to use a spreadsheet to keep track of where you have submitted.

Step 4:
Choose the best category and sub-category for your website. If you don't, you stand the chance of your site being rejected.

Step 5:
Enter your site's details on the submission form carefully. Use keywords or key phrases for your anchored text. Your site's description should accurately describe your site. Don't make it sound promotional. You may want to have several versions of your site's description as some may have a character limit.

If you're doing a reciprocal link exchange, be sure to add their link details to your site first as you'll need to provide the location of where their link can be found. Most likely it will try and detect where their link is on your site before you can complete and submit your request. Once you submit it, it's just a matter of waiting for approval.

Submitting to link directories is time consuming, but when it's done correctly you'll see the benefits. It's a good way to build a foundation for your newly created website along with other proven methods of getting more traffic and incoming links such as providing quality content, writing and submitting press releases, article marketing, social bookmarking and much more.


S McIntyre is the founder of, a free work at home resource focusing on providing work at home jobs, daily telecommute job leads, articles, business resources and other work at home related topics.

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