How to get your website listed into the Yahoo! Directory
There are two ways to get your website listed in the Yahoo! Directory.
The first method is to submit your website for free through the Yahoo! Standard Directory Submission process. The standard directory submission requires that the website be non-commercial and will be reviewed by the Yahoo! Directory staff for inclusion. Some other requirements for inclusion to the directory are:
- Must be in English
- Must support multiple browsers
- Must be up and running 24 hours a day
- Should be no pages under construction
- All links on the site must be working
The directory submission link can be found in any Yahoo! Directory category page at the top right-hand corner that says, "Suggest a Link."
The second method is to pay a fee for inclusion into the Yahoo! Directory. Your site can be commercial at this paid for inclusion level, but will also require some of the above mentioned criteria for proper consideration. This process consists of editorial reviews and checking for proper categorization of your pages for the Yahoo! Directory.
The Yahoo! Directory Submit page is htp://search.Yahoo.com/info/submit.html and is located at the bottom of the page under "Yahoo! Directory Submission." Choose the directory you want your site to be listed in wisely, as it is very difficult to change it. If you need to change your Yahoo! Directory listing for any reason, you can fill out their change form by visiting http://add.Yahoo.com/fast/change. Yahoo! very rarely approves directory listing changes once an entry is created.
There are several advantages and disadvantages of using the Yahoo! Directory. One of the advantages is the exposure of your website to new potential customers. The Yahoo! Directory is one of the biggest directories around and can drive traffic to your website. Another major advantage to being in the Yahoo! Directory is that your web pages may be included in the Yahoo! Search and possibly rank better in the web crawler results. Some disadvantages are that Yahoo! Search will overwrite your webpage title with the directory title from the Yahoo! search engine category results pages. If your category isn't representative enough this may detract from valid customers. It also costs a yearly fee for a directory submission review, with no guarantee of being listed in the Directory.
Being included in the Yahoo! Directory is a good idea for anyone looking to grow in internet marketing. You have to pay a price for this service, but the cost may be worth it in the long run. You may also want to have a search engine optimization company help with this paid directory inclusion, as it is very difficult to make changes to a Yahoo! Directory listing.