The list below is from experience and I have personally tried these blog directories and so these ratings and comments come from actual data. After looking at an old published list by Search Engine Journal, I realized many of those blog directories were gone and no longer around, or had changed their name and format, or were no longer taking submissions, and some were severely backlogged and had more sites pending than active. So to cut through the sea of cyber garbage, I have a newer revised list that is worth exploring and some that you just shouldn’t waste your time with.
THE GOOD (and mostly free):
1) Web ring (Webring)
They have vastly improved their site and I really like what they have done here. The timeliness of getting listed was excellent, and I even got some tech support when I had trouble signing up. You have your own profile page which you can customize with a picture and bio, and you can edit your listing anytime you want. They even have a section where comments are allowed similar to social media like Twitter. There is no limit as to how many blogs you can list and the listings are free. The site design is attractive and has an ease of use ONCE you are registered. The registration process itself is the only drawback as it’s not all that user friendly, but you can get tech support through e:mail, and that is unheard of today with blog directories, so kudos for that. I did see my blog improve in rankings using this directory and other Webring users also found out about me and visted my page. Webring is grouped together in rings, meaning an eco ring or a religious ring, or a political ring, etc. They do have a paid for sign-up as well if you want a premium listing.
This is probably the easiest blog directory to sign up for, whereas the process is streamlined, easy and user friendly. The timeliness is also very good whereas you list it yourself and within 3 to 4 days it’s done, and sometimes in less time. You go back and check your listing by searching by title and your blog is there along with an intro picture in thumbnail format. It even indexes You Tube comments if it relates to a blog of yours you had listed with them. It also is free, but does require a reciprocal link as do most of the blog directories, but as long as you have them on your blog, they will continue to reciprocate and list you in their directory. That’s fair. They have unlimited listings for you and so if you have more than one blog you want to list, it’s not a problem.
The timeliness of this directory was not great, but fair and certainly had ease of use. Additionally, once you have registered and submitted blogs, you can go back and check the status to see if they are active or pending if you are signed-in to your account. I like this feature too, as I like having an account and can if I want delete a blog and maintain my own listings. Moreover, they also let you list for free, or at least the first 3 blogs anyhow. There were however some glitches with this site, whereas the URL of my blog that I had submitted was correct, but the description and title were way off, so they are prone to errors. The best thing to do is wait until it becomes active and go back and address errors. It takes about 30 days to get indexed.
The ease of use for this directory was attractive and the timeliness was fair being about 30 days to get indexed. It also had some very unique categories not always found with other directories, such as podcasting, video blogs, elder blogs, mommy blogs, cars, books, and music in a variety of genres. Listing with them is free, but requires a reciprocal link.
The timeliness of this directory was very good and the ease of use was excellent and it’s free. The downside is that there are not that many pages indexed there, and it is a small directory. Some may view that as a positive thing, because there isn’t much competition in any one category, but then again there aren’t alot of categories either, and you can only list one blog. I still wouldn’t completely rule them out and I have listed here before. The reciprocal link they give you to post on your blog is one that takes you to their paid-to-list sister directory site, “Sutra,” but you sign-up at Spillbean.
The layout of this directory is eye catching and easy to follow. You have your own profile that you can customize with a picture and you get built-in analytics. Another bonus with this blog directory is that the submitted listing shows immediately, but it does take 72 hours for the screen shot to show up. They even give you rankings or points monthly.
I had one particular webpage I wanted to submit to this directory, but it was not accepted because it wasn’t really considered a blog. That’s fine, I understand rules are rules. They do have a lot of good quality blogs here, the registration is simple, there is vast array of categories, you can search multiple ways and your approval time is short being 1 to 4 days. They are also very active on Twitter and seem to have a supportive network of fellow bloggers. They also rank high globally on Alexa rankings, and even though that does not reflect the rankings of each individual blog, it does say something about HOW Blog Catalog is run collectively as a whole.
CREAM OF THE CROP: (highly recommended, if you can get accepted)
These 3 have aged inbound links, valuable blogs, and are very selective. Getting listed here is a feather in your cap, and means “you have arrived.” These won’t be free like the list above, and may even take a couple weeks to get listed, if they are even interested, but if they are, wow – you made someone’s head turn. Many in the business have heard of Eaton Web, but actually Blog Hints is ranked higher globally. Best of the Web and DMOZ are ranked even higher.
* DMOZ or Open Directory Project (ODP)
* “Best of the Web” Blog Directory
* Eaton Web Blog Directory
* Blog Hints Directory
THE BAD AND THE UGLY:
A) All for Blog
At first this blog site seems to take my submission, yet when I checked back in a few days it wasn’t there and magically was gone. I tried multiple times to re-submit and even tried using the “Contact us” button. After 30 days they still had not fixed the problem. I did receive one answer to one of my queries, but their e:mail to me just said they were working on the problem, but then nothing was ever done and months went by. Also their site seems to either not be proofread or either they don’t speak English well, whereas I found words missing from sentences and that should be a red flag right there that someone who runs a site on the internet and wants you to list with them can’t even be coherent.
The Blogdigger directory is absolutely a disaster with no blog categories listed, no bug report feature, no answer back by e:mail, and not listed even after 30 days, and no signs that it would ever be listed. There was no way to even go back to their site to check on the status of my submission.
I was extremely disappointed in this directory whereas it says it has over 157,000 blogs they are featuring and yet no one seemed to be minding the store. When you try a search it said “back soon” and when I was on the actual site, I received no response after I reported a possible bug. The only thing it let me do was create an account by joining, but my blog was never listed with them even after 30 days. They had touted themselves as one of the largest blog directories out there, yet they seem to be content to just ride along with whatever they already have and do not seem to want to accept new entries.
Blog Listing is another terrible blog directory whereas the layout is terrible and the search function pulls up everything, – – everything not relevant that is (to the keyword or phrase). You need to use meta tags to enter your information for your blog listing and that is a turn off to some people. The most important thing again is that it did not get listed even after 30 days and no indication that it would ever get listed or when.
I had high hopes for this directory as it seemed to really be on the ball with the ability to search by author, topic, location, or title but this too fails miserably. There was no profile page for authors of blogs, the contact button did not work, and their captcha phrase or code also did not work. Their was no way to contact anyone there, not even on a forum and what little they did offer in the way of contact, did not work. Also registering my blog did not take effect either and yet there was no message that said they were having difficulties or under site maintenance.
This blog directory isn’t the worst, but they also don’t qualify to be on the good list. It could have potential, but there are design issues with this site, whereas you can search by category, but not by keyword. Once you search by category the blogs indexed are not alphabetical, or listed wth any rhyme or reason, but only by whoever ranked the highest in that category that day. You are limited as to the categories and even the categories are vague or misleading whereas religion and religious topics seem to be more about spirituality and not really religion and sometimes are even anti-religious. You can enter your own listing and make changes to that listing, so that part is good, but sometimes when you make changes to the listing, like the summary or synopsis it seems to fall off the site and you need to contact someone there each time to have them manually add it back on, which defeats the whole purpose of self editing.
After submitting your site to them, a validation code was supposed to be sent to you, but it never arrived and after 3 to 4 weeks I tried it again and still no validation code. Without the code I could never validate my blog or prove I was the owner of it. This is also a failure in design.
H) BlogUniverse and others
After being backlogged with over 2,000 submittals not added to the directory and no new activity since 2006, it’s not surprising that Blog Universe is no longer up and running. Also BiggerBlogs, BlogPulse and Blogio have also gone by the wayside. If you still have an outbound link going to any of these websites, you should remove them, as broken links will pull your rankings down in search engines.
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