, welcome to the forum...
I'm a little lost. I don't really understand the directory concept after checking out your site. I did searches and click on a few category links, but nothing got returned.
The site looks very busy, navigational-wise, but I couldn't find the content. What am I missing?
Originally Posted by magnum
As for spam:
1. You need a verified account to post links
2. You can only submit an index page until you verify your domain
3. You cannot keyword advertise in searches till you verify your domain
Can appreciate this, however spam tends to be clever. It's why Google needs to apply special out-of-the-box updates to attack it, because it is so rampant.
From my own perspective, something like xrumer
, which someone has kindly forced this forum to endure, has no problem signing up or registering as a member
, then validating that membership
, then posting
What stops them, is having human intervention. It's the only way (I moderate the registrations on this forum. Only those that I approve get through. It means I can get rid of hundreds with a [check all] click. And just add the 3 or 4 that look legit).
I'd be interested to hear how someone verifies their domain
On this site for example, we have a verification of your domain process. It involves, placing our meta tag in your index page and then calling our crawler to come and verify that it matches. If you have access to the page you are submitting, then we believe it's verified.
Of course, the site only gets included on our lists when it passes through all the strict criteria
but the ownership, must be verified in order to get the most out of the site. Anyone can submit someone elses directory, but only the owner will gain the true benefits.
My advice is to seriously think about the registration process coupled with auto-approvals. Because registration is one of the simplest things for spammers to get around, and it's the real users who find it difficult.
If a spambot can signup at this forum (getting through captcha and a question check), verify their email is legit (some don't even bother doing that they have a way around it), and then auto-post... You gotta think they'll have ur system sussed too, unless you are doing something completely different.
I will always work with a directory owner to make their resource the best it can be by offering all the help I can. It's up to that owner what they take from what I say.
Directories do change a lot over time, good ones get rotten parts to them through neglect, and poor ones learn and start creating the good content we've been encouraging them to. When a new directory comes through we like to start people off on the right foot so they can avoid all the pitfalls that we've had to endure over the years. What's the point of all that experience if we can't share it