When you submit your site to web directories and its rejected by web directory editor or when your site would be approved by directory editor then is this counting as quality link(inbound linkor one way link)for your site?, if you followed Rules and guidelines of web directory then, why will you not approved? And when you site would approved then you would think sure that it’s counted by search engine but a link to your site would count up only if it’s possible for the search engines to “read” or “detect” the link. When submitting your site to a web directory, you’d want to make sure whether the link you get from the directory would be counted by the search engines. There are quite a few directories that give out links which are not counted by the search engines, i.e. they are not seo-friendly links because they are not coming from SEO-friendly directories.
So how would you ensure about seo-friendly directory?
There are some important tips to ensure about a directory that its seo-friendly or not:
First of all ensure about a META nofollow or noindex tag on the link pages
Check the page on which you are on the whole and carefully, If you find a links page with the following code in it: <meta name=”robots” content=”noindex,nofollow”> then the links on that page wouldn’t be counted by the search engines.
The ‘noindex’ portion of the code basically tells the search engines to ignore that page and the ‘nofollow’ tells it not to follow or count any of the links on the page.
So even if one of those parameters exists in the Meta tag of the link or category page, it would be considered as non-seo-friendly.
Ensure that links should not have a ‘rel=nofollow’ tag on them
Check the links of page if the links on a page are displayed in the following format:
<a href=http://www.domain.com rel=’nofollow’>Domain</a>,
then the link wouldn’t be counted as the ‘nofollow’ tag again tells the search engines to ignore the link.
If you view the coded section of the links page and see that the links are being displayed in a coded format other than the standard <a href=”></a> format, then there’s a good chance that the link is being displayed through a script, which would again not be counted by the search engines.
Ensure that link should not be re-directed
Ensure that link should not be-redirected because some directories link out through indirect links, e.g. <a href=”http://www.webdirectory.com/link.php?link_id=53”>Website</a>. These types of links are not valuable as they’re not direct links to the website.
Ensure that url of the links page contains too many parameters
While this may not necessarily make a directory non-seo-friendly but it’s speculated that search engines don’t index pages with too many parameters in the url or place less value on links residing on such pages.
So if a directory is to be considered seo-friendly, it would need to pass all the criteria mentioned above. Seo manual directory submission ensures that all the directories on its submission list passes each of these criteria.