I've created a new page that briefly outlines the selection criteria
in place on the IVS site.
Hopefully I've worded it clearly enough for people. Some of it was already present in the Web Directory FAQ
, but that really only covered the SEO friendly component.
There is also some small edits. It may have been confusing for people to read that we don't allow directories that use rel=nofollow
on outbound links. This only applies to listings themselves, meaning that you are either recommending them or you aren't.
In terms of advertising, I would absolutely encourage people to use rel=nofollow
on those links, to ensure that you are following Google's TOS. In the distant past I may not have been a fan of doing this, and I still think there is a massive double standard... However, the continual climate since late 2007 has been to steer away from offering paid links. So you really need to differentiate your listings from your advertising.
Listings - should be dofollow
Advertising - should be nofollow
I believe now that I have better covered the other reasons why directories will not be included, highlighting the minimum editorial standards and quality of content that we expect for each directory.
The page is listed under the FAQS/Help
menu on the Info Vilesilencer
If you believe something is obscure, or that I have left a key ingredient or component out, please feel free to let me know your thoughts.
There is a level of leniency in place, particularly at the free end of the spectrum, and moreso for niche/topical directories, as these resources generally offer the best on-topic content around. Even if they may also have a level of low-value stuff in there.
Obviously, you would expect that we are far stricter on the pay-for-review models, because quite frankly the editorial staff get paid to audit/review each submission coming through and/or to seed/populate their own category trees.
With that in mind, I hope it makes a lot more sense as you why we reject literally 90-95% of submissions (maybe more). It's impossible for us to individually explain each rejection, it's far easier for people to read criteria and understand what they are building before applying/submitting in the first place