It's good that Google has this initiative to lead in these efrfot to make internet better through giving importance to relevant and helpful websites. Google is making much efrfot to improve the internet. (I guess we are in the same boat, my site was conceived because I believe I can contribute in my own little way to make things better for some web users). I hope Google will find a way of ranking sites not based on paid directories. ... consider this I opted NOT to renew my subscriptions to these paid directories : botw.org, yahoo.com, business.com, stpt.com. and some more because it costs so much money and based on Google Analytics, nobody is seeing mysite from these websites... also I felt as if I am paying these guys just for me to rank high in search engines which is wrong.... guest what my website can no longer be found in Google from the highly searched keywords such as birthday cakes, wedding cakes, wedding cakes pictures, pictures of wedding cakes and more. My site's visibility sank deep for weeks because I didn't pay these paid directories. It's good experiment though for me to see that Google's ranking is much more on linking not based in the actual relevance of the websites. I hope things will change in the future that relevant sites with no money for advertisements, linking and promotions will at least be visible on the web. Honestly, most of the links in the web are not natural, organic but based on partnering with other websites, submission to paid and unpaid directories. Directories are no longer being visited by actual web users but webmasters trying to rank high in search engines. Many are suggesting to make my site a link-bait ... to require other sites to link to me first, then I will add their links. In my opinion they may be good in the early days of Google but search engines must mature to find sites based on actual relevance that cannot be gamed and manipulated. Unfortunately Yahoo and Live are just trying to copy this linking ranking that's why they won't come close to Google.
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