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Digby
04-09-2012, 12:05 PM
Hi guys

When ever I do a search for a company on Google these days there seems to be lots of useless listings by online directories. Eg
Finda
NZS
HotFrog
NZtop
Gopher
Opendi
Vicdir
Zipleaf
Workboot
Localbd

They are a real pain and clutter the first 2 pages of Google Up.
I get the feeling that many of them are overseas owned.
They never have any useful information just an address and a phone number.

Does anyone know much about them?
Why do they exist ?

CliveM
04-09-2012, 12:45 PM
It annoys h*** out of me too. Guess google is being paid for that.

pcuser42
04-09-2012, 01:04 PM
Guess google is being paid for that.

If Google were getting paid for that they would appear under sponsored listings. Google does not accept payments for general search results.

zqwerty
04-09-2012, 01:24 PM
Can you give an example of a search that causes this?

pctek
04-09-2012, 03:21 PM
Hi guys

When ever I do a search for a company on Google these days there seems to be lots of useless listings by online directories. Eg
Finda
NZS
HotFrog
NZtop
Gopher
Opendi
Vicdir
Zipleaf
Workboot
Localbd



They are NZ directories, what's replaced Yellow mainly.
Some better than others.
Finda is great, best place to put your NZ business. Finda contains customer reviews too, on a lot of businesses.

Digby
04-09-2012, 04:05 PM
yes try

star souvenirs rotorua

Finda may be good, but the annoying thing to me is that they hardly have more than the phone and address and a Google Map.

I want the email address and the owners name etc.

Also I tend to find that if you are listed properly with them you will get lots of calls from Chinese companies wanting to sell you stuff. Whereas most people join these companies to get sales.
I doubt if many people actually use them to look for stuff to buy.

Digby
04-09-2012, 09:17 PM
Just come across two more of the bloody things

2cu
tuugo

kahawai chaser
04-09-2012, 10:55 PM
Yeah I get offers from Chinese companies, once being listed in NZ directories. You may need to refine your search by using Google's advanced operators, (http://www.googleguide.com/advanced_operators.html) e.g. intitle:query, intext:query, inanchor:query etc. or by adding a secondary query or qualifier, e.g. "email", "buy", "address", etc. Legitimate Directories generally have credibility in the eyes of search engines, hence higher rankings and visibility in search results. Authority but not necessarily relevancy, based on your query intent.

Digby
05-09-2012, 07:13 AM
@Kahawai Chaser

Yes I found that I got just about no inquires via them.
But I did get lots of offers from China.
So I removed my company from most of the directories.

And I see what you means about Google ranking these directories high.
But to me they are killing the Google experience

I will study your search advice.