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Starting local directory site

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by TJnoodles, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. TJnoodles

    TJnoodles Registered Member

    Dec 11, 2013
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    As the title says I'm working on a free local directory, no adsence, but enhanced listings, display ads and probably some affiliate links.
    I don't expect to profit much from the site directly, but I'm hoping it will give me a base to sell other services, like photo, video, and web sites.

    Does anyone have experience with this type of site? Any tips or insights would be appreciated.

  2. streetfibre

    streetfibre Newbie

    Dec 22, 2011
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    Hi,Yes i do but you need to charge something around $20 per month still small but do many areas and its worth it
  3. infoking1

    infoking1 Junior Member

    Sep 16, 2010
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    Hey is it a web directy or something on the line of yelp.com.

    General web directories are no use but insite local data site like yelp are good to start
  4. armoni

    armoni Junior Member

    Dec 20, 2009
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    I would agree with streetfibre: you should charge.
    even from a customer's standpoint, when you get something for free, you usually get your money's worth
  5. SEOnetic

    SEOnetic Senior Member

    May 21, 2012
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    Good thinking .Need some focusing in particular niche.
  6. BlueSteele

    BlueSteele Regular Member

    Apr 10, 2010
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    Vancouver, BC
    I have a good friend who recently started their own directory. I don't think it is specifically LOCAL in nature, but as far as directories go, he really nailed a lot of the stuff I would be looking for. Often times, the profiles I create for businesses on his site hit first page in just a couple days. Would recommend taking the time to analyze what he has done. CommunitySEO.com I believe.

    Good luck!
  7. SuperFreaky

    SuperFreaky Newbie

    May 29, 2013
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    yeah i also do something similar and i normally get the best results from directly contacting people via telephone, asking them for there email address and website and giving them a free listing to start with then email them and ask them for an enhanced listing, best thing to do is if your going to call them heavily discount them over the phone if they dont seem that interested, atleast try and get a small sale out of them for the sake of your call.

    Try to email as many people as you can per day, its like when i work out i always try to do as many reps as i can untill i cant call any more, same with telephone leads set aside 1-2 days per week 9-5 maybe and between the hours of 12-2 just try call lead after lead and try get sales, if you can manage a decent % of even small sales you'll do great

    I would email potential prospects and give them the opportunity to maybe get '3 months for the price of 1' just something that sounds awesome but isnt really that good but just sell it too them like its the best thing in the world, tell them that by having a link on your site with a review about there business will increase there search rankings etc.. Tell them that you'll tweet it out, share it on facebook, pinterest, linkedin and google+ etc.. If they buy featured listing, tell them you'll help them rank locally etc.. and just try and rank your site for like 'musicians in xx town' / 'lawyers in xx town' / 'web designers in xx town' etc.... when your ranking on the first page for these keywords its easier too sell too customers i found anyway

    i would recommend adsense and affiliates though even just have them + private ad sales and featured listings

    good luck