May 17, 2012 114 reads by Navneet Kaushal

The search forums are ablaze with discussions of Google possible dropping a hundred directories from its search results. It was first brought to light by Barry Schwartz when he found a WebmasterWorld thread where search engine optimization professionals had noted that a number of free directory submission sites were a no show on Google.


Terry Van Horne then tested 500 directories and the results showed that 16% of them had been delisted from Google. As of now, there has been no comment from Google on the issue. But the de-indexing of over 100 directories has been noted.

The questions that arise now are:

  1. Were these directories were ever listed in Google?
  2. Have they been de-indexed following the Penguin update or the Panda Refresh or is it a spam-blog update or a step against unnatural links?

If you have seen any directories being de-indexed, please share your experience here. 

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Navneet Kaushal

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Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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