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 Webmasters' Education:
Start here - Why me?
What you have to know
2 keywords = 1000 phrases
Bad titles, low traffic
Free meta tags
Speaking in tongues
Slow pages equal more traffic
Free and Easy
Yahoo for free
Master of your own domain?
Spiders cannot fill in forms
Good and bad doorways
Order the engines around
Do you use frames?
Are you a magnet?
Visitors by default
Lasso your lost visitors
$100 = 10,000 visitors
Others work - you earn
Ads - Don't click here?
Invite the competitors over
E-mails and warnings
Infectious or immunized?
All the best submission tools
100s of search engines
The "must have" web tools
Free for all sites
Pressing the editor's button
Legal or e-legal?
Where do I start?
A to Z index

 Finance Partners:
Cover Base Life Insurance
Finding Life Insurance Cover
Annuity Comparisons
Aviva Annuities
Buy To Let Mortgages
Commercial Insurance
Inheritance Tax
Pension Misselling
Just Retirement Annuities
Annuities Comparison
Enhanced Annuities
Pension Annuity Answers
Annuity Office
Annuity Plan
Annuities Plan
Annuities Central
Buy an Annuity
Open Market Option
Capped Drawdown
Mortgage Comparisons
Hidden Mortgages
Barclaycard PPI Claims
PPI Claims
PPI Complaints
PPI Refunds
Barclays PPI Claim
Lloyds PPI Claim
RBS PPI Claims
Wrongly Sold PPI
PPI Justice

  Web Guest Writers:
Web kiosks for the poor
Online Price Mistakes
Thesaurus Ranking
HTML or text e-mails?
ALTered Images
Renaming your Images
Free tools to create your site
Invasion of the Amazons
Advertising v. PR
Will content be profitable?
Responding to spam
What is spam?
Pay for position
Web host tips
Webmaster beauty
Bad web design: Animation
CGI: What the heck is that?
Long live banners
Great press releases
Pop-up-ads
E-mail Sigs - 7 Key Items
Ad tips for affiliate marketing
I want to keep my frames
Creating Doorway Pages
Measuring Link Popularity
Domains and hyphens
Why have a domain name

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Kiddies Korner | Tots | Pets
Jobs UK/EU | US | Canada
Bartending Work
Medicine and Health
Museums and Galleries
Mystery Shopping
PE | Sports | Sporting Events
Power & Politics | Civil Rights
Print Media, TV and Radio
Problems and Advice
Shops | Fashion | Books
Subjects | Religion | Language
Technology Education & ICT
Teens | Just for Fun
Travel
Schools UK | US | Canada
Unis/Colls UK | US | Canada

 Special Features:
Essays - Full Writing Course
What is Bullying?
Stress in Teaching
Drugs
Online Education

 Guest Contributors:
The best Dad?
You're an Idiot!
Slave Caster of Freedom
Out of the mouths of babes
The Right to Life?
The Nostradamus Hoaxes
Explaining terrorism to a child
Internet 2 a scam?
Break a Rule, Bad Girl
Britannica near extinction?
The 1st time I really lied
Nigerian Scam Letters
Singular turns plural
English Writing
In debt?
The Secret Shopper
Too busy at work?
Bullying... Our Stories
Start to live your dreams
Recognize your potential
Stop worrying, please!
Public speaking
Elegant resumes
In praise of black sheep
Ritalin - Straight-jacketing?

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    Yahoo.com and other directory advice

    Directories are indexed by humans, so are different to search engines that are indexed by software.

    Paying the piper

    Some major directories, including Yahoo.com (USA), have dropped their free submission for businesses option. For instance, if you are a business site, you will have to pay US$299 (approx UK£200) for a Yahoo editor to review your site. If approved, the $299 becomes payable annually. Click here for more details, but beware, a paid review does not guarantee inclusion in the directory.

    It is very difficult to get accepted into some of the popular directories, especially Yahoo.com. Visit What's New on Yahoo to reference the quality of sites that they are currently indexing.

    If you make sure you are listed on Google.com, you will also show up on the secondary results at Yahoo. You could also buy advertising at Yahoo and ask if you can also have a free category listing.

    Pretty please

    If you haven't been listed after about a month, re-submit. After another month, try e-mailing or phoning them to ask if there is a problem and explain the situation politely. Include all of your site details in the e-mail.

    Yahoo contact details

    Yahoo Inc.
    701 First Avenue,
    Sunnyvale, California 94089,
    USA

  • Main Switchboard and Advertising Requests: (408) 731-3300
  • Fax: (408) 731-3301
  • User Support: (408) 731-3333:
    Extension #1: Submitting a new URL
    Extension #2: Change an existing listing in Yahoo
    Extension #3: Search results information

    Yahoo! UK Ltd

    10 Ebury Bridge Road
    London
    SW1W 8PZ
  • tel 020 7808 4400
  • fax 020 7808 4203

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    Looksmart

    A directory that is worth considering paying to review your site for inclusion in their index is Looksmart. At the time of writing, it claims a greater reach than Yahoo and powers the directories of MSN, AltaVista and many more top internet portals.

    Important considerations before you submit to a directory

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  • You are more likely to be accepted if the name of your web-site matches your domain name.

  • Use your most important keywords and keyphrases in the title and description that you submit to the directory.

  • Use a title nearer the top of the alphabet if possible. As most directories list alphabetically, it really does make a difference. But if you are submitting a commercial site to Yahoo, you should use the official business name for the title.

  • Directories like to see contact information, a privacy policy and, if you sell goods, a returns policy on your site before they will index it. Click here to learn about the European Union Distance Selling Directive. Also, some of your visitors, potential alliances or advertisers simply will not do business with you if you do not supply them with this information. You should also consider a terms and conditions page.

    You are free to copy and adapt the information on our privacy policy and terms and conditions page to suit your site, but we cannot accept any responsibility for the use of any material copied from our sites. Please consult a lawyer to verify all information.

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  • If you sell products you should have secure ordering.

  • Make sure everything on your site works. Check for bad links and Javascript errors, also making sure that all your images are loading.

  • Check your spelling and look for typos - a small blemish can mar a beautiful face. Not only will trained editors spot them, but your visitors will be put off by them. The visitor's reading flow is suddenly interrupted from digesting your sales message as they home in on the error.

  • Consider filling your homepage with informational keywords. Don't waste it on a "splash" entry page with just a picture or "enter here" message. Directory editors tend to avoid listing splash pages.

  • All directories are different. They all have varying criteria for indexing your site. Some will only index your homepage while others will consider indexing other important pages within your site.

  • Because sites such as Yahoo will only index the information from the title and description of your homepage, sites that carry a wide range of products or services will not be able to be found under those product or service names.

  • Yahoo directory editors reject sites with domain names consisting of more than 54.

  • Your site must be compatible with the main browsers. Test your web-site at Anybrowser.com.

    Move in next door to your competitors

    Make sure you find the exact page you want to be listed on before submitting to the major directories and make sure you use all of your top keywords and phrases in the description. Your submission will be rejected if you choose an inappropriate page. Find which page your competition is on and add your site to that one. Don't use sales hype, this will also get you rejected.

    Try not to get sand in your ice-cream

    If you have a section of content within your site that has little or nothing to do with your front page and you would like it included in a directory that only accepts homepages, you should consider buying another domain name. For instance if you administer a site that primarily sells ice-creams to Eskimos, but you also export sand to Arabia, you might consider having two different sites. You then have the possibility of obtaining a directory listing in two separate categories.

    Divorcing your desserts from your desert has the added benefit of your potential customers finding what they want without having to plough through information with no interest to them. You can always put a link to the other site on both of your new sites' homepages so you don't lose people who have previously visited and bookmarked.

    Some major directories

  • Doras Ireland
  • Inktomi - Provides search results for other directories and engines
  • LookSmart.co.uk
  • LookSmart.com
  • LookSmart Australia
  • LookSmart Canada
  • LookSmart Hong Kong
  • LookSmart Malaysia
  • LookSmart Netherlands
  • LookSmart New Zealand
  • LookSmart Singapore
  • Open Directory - Free - (AOL, HotBot, Google, Lycos, Netscape)
  • The Open Directory at ed-u.com
  • About.com - Free
  • Business.com
  • Freepages.co.uk
  • UKDirectory.co.uk
  • UKIndex.co.uk
  • SearchUK.co.uk
  • Yell.co.uk
  • Zeal.com - Noncommercial and not-for-profit sites only

    Yahoo

  • Yahoo without the fuss
  • Yahoo.com
  • Yahoo Asia
  • Yahoo Australia and New Zealand
  • Yahoo Canada
  • Yahoo Dänemark - Denmark
  • Yahoo France
  • Yahoo Germany
  • Yahoo Hong Kong
  • Yahoo Italy
  • Yahoo Japan
  • Yahoo Korea
  • Yahoo Norway
  • Yahoo Singapore
  • Yahoo Spain
  • Yahoo Sweden
  • Yahoo Taiwan
  • Yahoo UK & Ireland

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    Pay per click

  • Pay per click directories - Internal Link

    See also

  • Searchenginewatch - Pay For Placement
  • Positiontech - Inktomi Pay for Inclusion
  • Directoryguide
  • Web Directories for Foreign Countries
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