Google Removes Directory Links From Webmaster Guidelines

Oct 3, 2008 | 1,982 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Brian Ussery reported that Google has dropped two of the most relevant and vital bullet points from the Google Webmaster Guidelines. Those bullet points include:

  • "Have other relevant sites link to yours."
  • "Submit your site to relevant directories such as the Open Directory Project and Yahoo!, as well as to other industry-specific expert sites."

It was also noticed at the Google Blogoscoped reported that Google has removed the dictionary link in the search results.

"Google has removed the dictionary link in search results for at least a portion of users, or perhaps all users, I'm not sure which (who of you is still seeing it? I'm not seeing it on computers in two different locations tested). Before, when you searched for a word in the dictionary – e.g. "house" – there would be a link leading to a definition in the top blue bar. Some years ago this was linked to dictionary.com and since January 2005, to answers.com. Answers.com may be suffering some traffic breakdown if this is removed for all, and not just a results prototype being tested."

A recent comment was seen from Google John Mueller at a Google Groups thread where the main logic behind all this crust has been explained in details:

"I wouldn't necessarily assume that we're devaluing Yahoo's links, I just think it's not one of the things we really need to recommend. If people think that a directory is going to bring them lots of visitors (I had a visitor from the DMOZ once), then it's obviously fine to get listed there. It's not something that people have to do though icon smile Google Removes Directory Links From Webmaster Guidelines ."

LINE THAT WAS REMOVED: "Submit your site to relevant directories such as the Open Directory Project and Yahoo!, as well as to other industry-specific expert sites."

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Navneet Kaushal

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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