PostedMarch 17, 2006
I recently launched a couple of new sites. And the first step I take to promote my new sites is to get them listed in as many directories as possible. Sometimes I just use the free list, sometime I pay – depends on the site. But no matter what site I’m launching I know I’m going to be submitting to hundreds of directories!
So how do I do it? Thanks to some of the guys over at DigitalPoint who pointed me in the right direction when I started out, I now have my own “system” that I use to submit to directories. Here’s how it goes…
Before you start:
I use a freeware tool called clipboard magic. This tool basically enhances the windows clipboard by allowing you to have multiple lines of text saved, and by selecting a line by clicking on it you can easily paste that text straight to web form. So you can have all your new site information (including multiple site titles, descriptions etc) saved in clipboard magic and available for you to easily paste into directory submission forms.
Also, you need to use Firefox because it has tabs. You shoud be using firefox anyway, but let’s not get into that!
Step 1: Setup your website information
Download, install and open up clipboard magic. You need to enter all the information that you are likely to be asked for in directory submission forms. So enter thie information, in this order:
I like to use this order because it’s in the same order as php Link Directory submit form, and php Link Directory makes up a huge chunk of the directorys on the lists. OK, so now save this clipboard list. Now that you’ve got that information, whenever you need to submit your site to a new directory you can bring it straight up.
Step 2: Enter your directory into the tracking system
So now you’ve got the information you need, it’s time to hit the lists! Let’s start with the free directory list. Open up the list and resize the window so that you can fit the clipboard magic window beside it. You need to access both these windows at the same time. It’s helps if you have a high res monitor.
I track all the directories I sumbit to using the tracker I wrote for this site. On the top of each list there’s a tracker box. For a new website you must enter the name of your site into the ” Enter a new website to track:” box. Click GO and you’re now tracking that site. The site will now be made available in the drop down menu for you to track future submissions.
Step 3: Submit to directories!
OK, now it’s time to do the submitting. I like to sumbit to about 25 directories at a time. So make you way down the list, right clicking on the directory and opening it in a new tab. Also check the checkbox next to that directory. Stop when you’ve got to about 25 directories (that’s alot of tabs! – but you can go more in you want). Now scroll down to the bottom of the list and click “Update tracking information”. This will save the details in our database.
Submit your site to all the directories you have opened in tabs by clicking on the information in clipboard magic and pasting it into the directory submission forms. Easy! Once you have finished those 25, move onto the next 25.
Keeping up with all the new directories
Not all of us have time to scan forums, blogs etc looking for new directories. That’s why I do it, so you don’t have to! All you have to do is just come back to this site every week or so, go to the new directories page, select your website from the drop down menu in the tracking box above the list, and submit your website to the directories I have added in the past week. Easy!
Further notes about submitting to directories
Here are just some general tips for getting your site listed in directories:
Hope this has helped some of you streamline your directory submissions! Stay turned here for more updates. I am putting a great deal of time into improving this site over the coming weeks and I will be announcing all upgrades here on the blog.