Using Directories And Classifieds To Promote Your Affiliate Marketing Website
Updated September 2016
Website Promoting As An Affiliate – As an example I’m reviewing – HotVsNot.com
Pro’s And Cons
Ok you have your website and you’re ready to build your online business into an empire. You are advertising like crazy to drive traffic to your website. As part of that, you’re submitting your site to all sorts of directories and classified Ad sites. How do you know if it’s worth your time and money?
Website Promoting As An Affiliate – There is one simple rule: The page you want to be listed on must be indexed by Google
Your site listings only count if Google sees them. So make sure the page with your website has been recently indexed by Google. That’s it. You’re done. Unless you have a few questions like:
Website Promoting As An Affiliate – Does Google index every page on the web?
The simple answer is NO. Google only indexes the most authoritative stuff – and they decide what is authoritative and what isn’t and also decides what pages and links are and aren’t.
How do I know if the page my listing has been indexed by Google?
According to HotVsNot.com, the easiest way is to use an SEO toolbar.
Here’s the one that’s linked to HotVsNot.com – http://tools.seobook.com/seo-toolbar/
It’s free, and after you have it installed, go to your desired page and click the blue circle with an “i” in it. This will tell you loads of useful information. But the most useful one is the “Google cache date.” If it has a date in the last 5-6 weeks, great. That means Google is indexing that page regularly. Being listed on that page will bring you great value.
Personally I wouldn’t attempt to use it to submit any of my websites because its licence ran out in 2013. They fail to tell you this little fact because they want your money to get your sites listed, and whether they actually do get listed is anybody’s guess.
If you’re using an SEO toolbar, what does it mean when the Google PageRank is gray or shows an “n/a”?
First of all, stop chasing PageRank. Contextual factors, editorial citation, etc. have a much greater impact on rankings than PageRank.
Google has a love-hate relationship with directories. Historically, they have viewed them as “selling links” and showed a PageRank of “n/a” (gray) to confuse those wishing to purchase links. In the last few years, Google has grown to love human-edited directories since they help search engines categorize websites. Therefore the gray “n/a” means nothing as long as Google indexes that page.
Where does HotVsNot.com fit into this?
A good question – HotVsNot.com is designed to give as much power to your website as possible. They say their goal is to make sure that every category on HotVsNot.com is indexed by Google as regularly as possible. There bottom line is this: They have yet to find a category in HotVsNot.com that hasn’t been recently indexed by Google. They also believe that HotVsNot.com provides tremendous value to webmasters and site owners. And they promise if your desired category page hasn’t been recently indexed by Google, your listing is free. And they will make sure that page gets indexed regularly by Google.
The general opinion among internet marketers is that most directories are quite frankly a rip-off, and that the directory Page Rank doesn’t matter if Google doesn’t see your listing. Therefore before you pay for any listings, do your homework.
HotVsNot.com say they don’t just run a powerful directory, they also run a mini-empire of hundreds of well-optimized, high-ranking, and high-earning websites, and they know all about web marketing. I think you can take that with a pinch of salt.
Saying that, I hope I’ve presented this Directory in an unbiased and non-judgmental way because as the end of the day it’s you, the owner of the website that has to make the decision whether to use online directories or classifieds for your promotions.
Working From Home – Website Promoting As An Affiliate
If you want to work from home and would like to try your hand at online marketing then you need look no further than Wealthy Affiliate. There’s no credit card required to join, you will get 2 free websites to get you started and they will be hosted for you free as well. That said, my bottom line is: unlike HotVsNot.com it will not cost you anything to see if you have what it takes to earn an income from the internet from the comfort of your own home. You never know, you could be a millionaire this time next year.
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