Saturday, April 26, 2008

Blog approval

I review newly submitted sites very often - as I wrote in last post almost daily. First step is looking for their pagerank. I list sites with every pagerang or without it but when I am reviewing sites for the first time site without pagerank (no with page rank 0 but with no page rank at all) is not reviewed and is put to waiting queue. It is because 90% of this blogs are blogs that are just started and after some experience most of them are live only few days or weeks and after that their autor stop posting. And I don't want directory full of sites with one or two very old posts that contain only some hello messages. I understand that small part of blogs vere never listed in any directory or exchanged links and this is their first submission somewhere and they have living content for months or years but it is really very small amount of submissions without pagerank. It is penalizing them a bit but it's really something like 1-2 blogs a month so it is better to leave them in queue and list them later.

After this first selection I take a look at the rest sites noticed by search engine. Now I take a look at age of the blog and sites that are +- one month old are put in the queue. If those blogs are updated, they will be listed later. Longer living blogs are then reviewed a bit more detailed. I take a look if the blog si looking like "spamblog" automatically updated filled only with some good only for adsense posts or only with make money online posts (blogs about online money making are listed, this is only about thos blogs without personality) and referral links it's also put in the queue. After that I take a look if there is reciprocal link on submitted blog (some people put as reciprocal info some other site or even google or my homepage - it's not working for me :)) and on some normal page. If there is no reciprocal link or no surfer can never see my link because page with my recip was created only for it I delete this site - ok is if page for reciprocal link is some post or created directory page linked from main page. And last thing I don't like are some popup windows, exploits and other dirty stuff. Those sites are also deleted. Rest of the sites are accepted (that means almost all normal submissions) only sometime I move them to other category that fits them better.

Second and last review is after few months when I take a look at all sites put in the queue. Now page rank is not interesting for me and I almost always take a look at two most important things. First is reciprocal link and second is if blog is living. Blogs that are live (almost all spamblogs are not updated for long time, their spammy owner build 100 new and forget about older) and with linkback are almost always listed. Of course if there is no dirty stuff like popups on them.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Basic Facts

Domain was registered in December 2005. Same month it goes online and recieved first submissions. Of course amount of submissions for new not known site was very low and I decided to start buying traffic from Google. This extremely helped Blogdirs to grow and after stable two year campaign I was able to reduce advertising budget, because 90 procent of new blog submissions is not going for payed advertisements and also most of the traffic comes here naturally from sites and search engines.

For now there is more than 1900 blogs listed in 69 categories. I add new categories reguraly always when there is more blogs with similar topic of interest. Biggest is Personal category where I add all blogs submitted as Personal and all non english blogs. There are some nonenglish blogs in other categories from past submissions but I am moving them regularly to Personal category always when I make cleaning of bad and dead sites and sites that are breaking rules. For the future I hope that in Personal category all languagues (and maybe alsou countries) will have their own subcategory under Personal category and best vision for far future is more subcategories under languagues sorted by topic.

Blogdirs is recieving 15-30 new submissions daily and almost daily I review new sites. But in first review I accept only few or no of new submitted blogs because of many different reasons but about approval rules for very fast submission I will write in some of next posts. But all sites with reciprocal link that are not accepted in first review i do not automatically delete. Those blogs are going to waiting queue and are reviewed againg after few months (2-4) - if they are live, do not break rules and have reciprocal they are accepted.

For now there is no option for today very popular in almost all directories payed listing as featured link or payed listing without reciprocal, but if there will be interest for this kind of service I can make it possible in the future.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Something about this stuff

This blog is about anything related to blogdirs blog directory. I hope this will give more interaction between visitors of directory, webmasters submiting to this directory and me. In the near future I hope to write more detailed informations about what I like and what I don't like in submited sites (i think rules are clear, but maybe more explanation will be better), how exactly confirmation process look like etc.

What I don't want to do is explaining 1000x one same question - "I submitted my blog, why it's not listed, when it will be listed ?" - so that's why I added this blog to directory to make things in future posts clear as clear they can be. Also I don't want to make this blog as some subdirectory or storage for thousends links burried in the comments. That's why I put comment moderation on and new posts will wait for approval - any normal will be listed. I put some notes on comment page too, but repeating sometime can help. This keep this site clean and any posts like "i giv ju good pills couse i luv you site" never go through.

When biggest part of administrative type posts will be online I hope to start writing something more about sites approved, sites I just listed and I like them, about cleaning of directory, new categories and so on. Hope that someone find some of future informations interesting.

See you later

p.s.
Sorry for not so good english. It's not my native languague. But I understand everything, just grammar is probably horrible :)