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Google Removing Free Directories From Index?

A WebmasterWorld thread has one SEO noticing that Google has started to purge their index of the free directory submission web sites.

He said that about 50% of the free directory submission web sites are no longer to be found in Google. I searched for a bunch and about 50% of my searches returned results and 50% did not.

This wouldn't surprise me a bit. What value do these directories provide to users? If you were running a search engine, would you want these sites coming up in search results?

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Hi +AJ Kohn quick comment before I go to a meeting. In some ways there would be more justification to get rid of paid listings sites..as for most site owners they are effectively paying for a link.

Thanks for sharing another great article!
AJ Kohn
 
Yes +Chris King, I've been vocal about the fact that I see little difference between a paid link and a paid directory.
 
+AJ Kohn +Chris King absolutely...! one might ask will Yahoo listing go the same way? Even though the listing isn't guaranteed and is for an adminstration fee ...
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The Yahoo Directory is a paid link +Lee Smallwood. I'm sure the idea is that there's 'editorial oversight' but ... really, it's just a paid link, and a good one.
 
Probably a good idea, and more similar to come I guess
 
+AJ Kohn ;) yes I know... and the SEO benefit is huge... My question is really whether a paid directory link should be nofollow - as per paid link?

Otherwise where is the line in the sand going to be drawn...?
 
I agree that from a stand point of consistency that a nofollow would make sense for paid directories, but it is my antidotal observation that when building links filtering for sites that have a yahoo directory listings brings up higher quality sites than not.

Further in some sectors it seems to have a higher correlation than filtering for DMOZ.

I guess You could say I am using that filter as a signal.

It would be interesting to test my observation and see if there is any real correlation 
 
Let's just make every link nofollow.
 
+Jason Nelson won't it swing the other way then, with more authority being shown on which nofollow link has the greater amount?
 
This was inevitable. A no-brainer. Why distinguish between paid and non-paid? - good question +Chris King +AJ Kohn . Let's see where Google goes from here...
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