Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Next Google page ranks updates for 2010

Below is an estimation of the next PR updates based on previous updates:

Third 2010 PageRank (PR) Update 31 September – 7 October 2010
Fourth 2010 PageRank (PR) Update 31 December – 2 January 2011

Monday, August 09, 2010

bloghints.com continuation - recommended

This post is in continuation to my previous post on bloghints.
They responded to my email very fast, they solved the problem and were nice and kind, here is a small quotation from our correspondence:

We have changed a few submission parameters making it easier for people to submit their blogs. This had been one cause of the problem. Secondly, we have changed a section of problematic code that detects reciprocal links. We believe these have fixed the issue, as we are no longer able to replicate the error you and others encountered. If you have any further problems or suggestions for improvement, feel free to contact me.

I must point out that Michael from the customer support team was very professional.


Monday, August 02, 2010


Let's see how long it takes them to add my blog.
Click on "read more" to see their link.

Recommendation: On hold

Sunday, August 01, 2010


OK, now that I learned how to easily post a reciprocal link not from the homepage I will try to continue reviewing blog directories more often.
To tell you the truth, I was a bit hesitant to continue reviewing directories once my homepage got PR3. The reason is because I didn't wan to link to directories from a PR3 page and get a reciprocal link from a PR0 page.

Anyway, let's review bloghints.com (click on "read more" at the bottom of this post to see their button)

I was surprised to see that it will take them 30 business days to review and approve my blog! Obviously in the meantime they get a one month link to their directory from my blog for free. I also wonder how many people submit their blog and forget to check one month later if their blog was added to bloghints or not... I will check it and update this post in 30 days. This is what they write:
"A reciprocal link is required to your blog's homepage is required. Submissions without a reciprocal link will be rejected.
Reciprocal Blogs will be approved within 30 business days"

Also, it says that my link will be live for 1 year only... after that I'll have to resubmit. You should take that into consideration if you are thinking to submit your blog on bloghints.

it looks like it's going to take me more time than what I thought... there is an error message on bloghints and I can't submit my blog... here is the message I get:
Warning: Smarty error: validate: validator id 'v_LINK_TYPE' is not registered. in /home/bloghint/public_html/libs/smarty/Smarty.class.php on line 1095

I will write them and notify them of the mistake... we'll see what they say.

Recommendation: Good

Give reciprocal links from a PR 0 page

I found a new feature in blogger (jump break in HTML)that will enable me to continue reviewing blog directories without linking to them from my blog's homepage, which has a higher page rank.

This creates a "read more" link that directs to another page (with lower PR than the homepage).
Let's see if it works, I will add "more" as described on the image above.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Google PR updates

This is just an update that the next google PR update should happen very soon.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Is it worth to continue submitting your blog to indexes?

Should you continue submitting your blog to indexes?

Is it worth to continue submitting your blog to indexes or directories? Once a blog achieves a certain PR (for example PR3 like this blog), that a question worth asking.
On the one hand, you want inbound links in order to increase your blogs ranking in the "eyes" of google. On the other hand, most of these blog directories or blog indexes, request that you link back to them in exchange for submitting. This can be tricky, especially if your posts appear on the homepage like on this blogspot blog.
You may end up linking to them from a PR3 webpage while they link back to your blog from a PR0 webpage. So, probably the best next steps to to try to improve your google PR without buying links, are:

1. Find blog directories that will link to you from PR3 or more webpages. That way you won't end up exchanging links with a low PR indexes.
2. Get inbound links without having to link back. This can be done by posting comments on high PR pages.
3. Be active in forums.
4. Post blogs on RSS feeds.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

seniority.co.uk (not recommended)

Hello! I'm back and hopefully will stay around for a while. A long period since my last post, and I thought I'd share a fact I just found out.

I co-own a
gaming website since 2004. Back then, we added a "link exchange" page for the purpose of increasing our page rank by linking to related websites /indexes and receiving in return a link back.

5 years later (it was about time) I decided to start checking who is still linking back to us. Below is my first finding:
A UK based directory named seniority.co.uk removed our link. I tried to find out a way to contact the site owner and guess what, nothing under "contact us" actually leads to a way to contact them. By the way, their google page rank is 5... who know how many other sites were cheated by them.

Recommendation: Not recommended

Friday, July 04, 2008

My new blog

This post was removed as I didn't get the chance to update that blog. there should be new stuff coming up sometime soon...

Friday, February 15, 2008


QUOTE: This is the little tracker code you need, you need to place it on your blog or else our tracking system wont be able to count your visitors and rank your blog. The tracker will look like this

Marketing SEO blogs

UPDATE: About a year later I checked this site again and I did see my blog listed there. However, there wasn't a real link to my blog, there was a redirected link. This means that when you mouse over the link it does not point directly to my blog, it first goes to an internal link on their database and after it redirects to my blog, so it is not a quality link for SEO... because of this I removed their link from my blog.

Recommendation: You decide...

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Sites linking to your blog

There are many ways to check who is linking to your blog. Wholinks2me.com is one of them. To see who is who is linking to this blog click here:
Who links to my blog?

PR checking tools

1.) There are a few sites and tools whereby you can check your PR. For example DomainPageRank.com.

Monday, February 26, 2007

superblogdirectory.com (not recommended)

QUOTE: Your site has been added to our submission queue. If you wish to gain more exposure for your blog, consider using one of our upgrade packages listed below
They charge $10 for the above.
They added my blog to their directory but a few months later I got an email saying that my blog was rejected... I wonder why... I emailed their admin to ask why they decided to remove the link to my blog from their directory, let's see what he says.
superblogdirectory.com (I removed their link as well, watch out)

Recommendation: Changed to NOT recommended

Saturday, February 10, 2007

2-review.com (Not recommended)

They request to add their link first:
Blog Review
QUOTE: Link Submitted. Thank You!

This is the message they've been showing for the last few weeks:
Bandwidth Limit Exceeded
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.

Recommendation: Not recommended

Saturday, December 16, 2006


QUOTE: Thank you! We will send you an email once your submission has been validated. In return for our free listing service, we ask you to put a reciprocal link on your blog.
I removed their link after several emails to webmaster at findingblog.com remained unanswered
FindingBlog - Blog Directory

I changed my recommendation from bad to god for findingblog.com, after reading the comment that Heris left on this post. Thanks Heris! For more details read comments of this post. This is a good chance to thank all the bloggers who post comments and manifest their interest and appreciation!

Recommendation: Good

Monday, November 13, 2006

Bloghacking.com (Not recommended)

QUOTE: Thank you! Your link was submitted for consideration
You'll be asked to add a reciprocal link in your blog.
After they got a few inboud links and got page rank, they changed the consept of their website...
They seem to have changed the consept of their site, you won't be able to find a submition link...(see comments of this blog)

Recommendation: Not recommended

Friday, October 13, 2006

Rocketinfo.com (Irrelevant)

Looks like their submition form is not working QUOTE: The url does not refer to a valid RSS or ATOM feed.
I sent them an email, waiting for an answer...
They have changed the whole consept of their website, they are no longer a directory and their PR is 9

Recommendation: Irrelevant


QUOTE: Bandwidth Limit Exceeded
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.

Will check again later on

Recommendation: On hold

Blogz.com (Not recommended)

QUOTE: Congratulations! The url has been submitted for validation. It will be reviewed soon, and added to our database.
After they got a few inbbound links and got page rank, they removed the option fo submiting a blog...

Recommendation: Not recommended


QUOTE: Thank you for submitting the blog.
You will be notified through email when the blog is added to our system.

They only add blogs that are related to India

Recommendation: You decide

Saturday, September 09, 2006


Update: I recently checked this directory (actually more than 3 years after my initial submittal)and found out that my link (and many others) where removed... therefore I am changing my recommendation to NOT recommended

A reciprocal link is a must. Popular Internet Links directory focused mainly on computers and programming but also covers blogs, humor, entertainment, news, medical, games, real estate and property.

Recommendation: Not Recommended

Saturday, September 02, 2006


QUOTE: Link submitted and awaiting approval.

A reciprocal link is not a must. My link was added.
Click on read more at the end of this post to see their link.

Recommendation: Recommended

Lsblogs.com (Not Recommended)

QUOTE: Thanks for registering, and dont worry, your site will be checked soon :) A reciprocal link is appreciated, but not compulsary (if you can't add a link, write about us in your blog)
I couldn't find their "contact us" section or an email to write them, so I emailed their support@lsblogs.com (buyer of lsblog.com domain according to alexa). No one answered my emails.
Listed in LS Blogs

Recommendation: BAD


QUOTE: Thanks! We've added http://blog-dir.blogspot.com/atom.xml to our database and will begin crawling shortly.
The feed was finally added.

Recommendation: Recommended


QUOTE: Congratulations you have submitted your Blog. You will be added to the list of Introductions and Introduced soon.

Ï sent Blogintro an email to ask if there are any problems, that's the answer I got from them:
"I have checked my records and found that you submitted on 9/2/2006 at 11:15:42 EST. There are roughly 100 blogs ahead of you waiting to be introduced. Around 40 of those will most likely not be introduced. I would expect your blog to be introduced in 4 week if it is still being regularly updated."

Well... today is September 15th, countdown begins :)
They finally added us, 4 weeks later, as they said.

Recommendation: Recommended

Blogfinds.com (Not recommended)

My blog was automatically added, as if it was a comment. But was later removed...

Recommendation: Not recommended

Saturday, August 26, 2006


They do not require a reciprocal link. They added my blog.
A click on the blog's tittle opens the blog through a redirect (http://www.blog-search.com/cgi-bin/ct.cgi?id=19779)

Recommendation: OK

Bloglisting.com (Not Recommended)

QUOTE: Thank you for submitting "A Blog for Bloggers - Blog Directories Reviews" at http://blog-dir.blogspot.com. We will review it to make sure it is working and meets our high standards.
Please do not submit your blog more than once.

I sent them messages through their "contact us" section, did not get a response from Bloglisting.com

Recommendation: Bad

Blogbunch.com (Not Recommended)

QUOTE: Thank you for your submission.
They did not add my blog. They do not have a search box on their web page. I sent them a few emails, but they did not respond.

Recommendation: Bad

Blogbib.com (Not Recommended)

They require a reciprocal link (I have removed it after getting no answer from them):
Link With Us - Web Directory
QUOTE: Submit your blog to us and get exposed to hundreds of daily visitors to our directory.You can easily maximize daily traffic and search engine ranking of your blog.

They did not reply to my emails.

Recommendation: Bad

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Htmlcodetutorial.com (Not Recommended)

I got good recommendations from this website. They request a link back, let's see if the add us...
They sent an email notifying that they added my blog. I checked and they added us indeed.
I wrote an email to Dan at htmlcodetutorial.com and I'm waiting to hear back from him... they changed their site in a way I could not find it...

The concept of the website changed and they are no longer showing reciprocal links. I removed their link form this post (They got page rank 7 in google, among other things by getting inbound links from websites). Always make sure that your reciprocal link partners keep your link on their site.

Recommendation: Bad

Monday, August 21, 2006

blogsweet.com (not recommended)

QUOTE: If you are paying for your listing, you do not have to fill out reciprocal link field. Otherwise, all fields are required.

I found out that there is no "submit" button on the form...
The is no "contact us" in their site either...

Recommendation: BAD

Eatonweb.com (Not Recommended)

QUOTE: Your weblog, Blog for Bloggers, has been listed in the directory.
They did not add my blog. Tried to email them and mails kept bouncing back. Tried to send them a message through the form on their website and it didn't work...

Recommendation: Bad

blogdirs.com (Not Recommended)

Link back is a must.
QUOTE: Link submitted and awaiting approval.

I removed their link because they did not add a link to my blog. In addition to that there is no way to contact them (no "contact us" link in their website...)

Recommendation: BAD


QUOTE: We received your Link submission. Thanks!
You will receive an e-mail after your site has been added.

After some correspondence with them, they added my blog. There is not a direct link but rather a redirect (http://www.blawg.org/modules.php?name=Web_Links&l_op=visit&lid=1543)

Recommendation: feasible

Bloghop.com (Not Recommended)

I sent several messages through their "contact us" form, to ask if there are any problems, they never replied...

Recommendation: Bad


QUOTE: Your site has been submitted and is subject to approval. Linking to us will give your site the ability to attain a better ranking in our directory.
Blogarama - The Blog Directory
It took a long time but they added it.

Recommendation: Good

Sunday, August 20, 2006


QUOTE: Your submission is now under review. It will be added to directory within 24 hours and you will be informed about inclusion.
Thank You...
Now, please link back to our site from any page on your site. To do so, you may use the code provided below. Just copy/paste this code to your page(s):

I left their link in my blog for about a week and sent them two emails to ask if there is any specific reason why they didn't list my blog.

After some correspondence with "A" from blogdir.co.uk, they added my blog. Recommendation changed from bad to recommended.

Recommendation: Recommended

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Blog-directory.org (Not Recommended)

QUOTE: Thank you for submitting your blog. It will be listed in our directory as soon as possible.
They did not request a link back.
Sent several emails to webmaster[at]blog-directory.org but they keep bouncing back...

Recommendation: Bad

Blogsearchengine.com (Not Recommended)

A link back is not required. I submitted my blog, but it hasn't been listed...
I tried to make contact but they did not reply to emails.

Recommendation: BAD

Friday, August 04, 2006


These guys will list your blog even if you don't link back to them.
Quote: "If you've submitted your site, please feel free to link to us. A link back to Globe of Blogs is not required for being listed, but it is appreciated!" Good Job Globeofblogs.com!

Recommendation: Recommended


QUOTE: Thank you! We will send you an email once your blog has been validated.

In return for listing your site, I ask for a small return favour. A link back to Bloggernity. Thanks.

Because of the reason stated below (the redirect) I decided to remove their link.

blog search directory
They show "link to your blog" after a search has been performed, but they disable your link. A click on your blog's tittle will open a new webpage and only then, they will redirect (http://www.bloggernity.com/cgi-bin/jump.cgi?ID=29847) to your blog... (two clicks are needed to get to your blog)

Recommendation: feasible

Blogrankings.com (Not Recommended)

I got a notification via email saying that my blog has been added, quote: Subject: Your URL has been added.
Please use the code below to link us.

In effect, none of the blogs I added to blogrankings.com were actually listed. Their email is a "no reply" email, any attempt to write them will not succeed. There is no way to contact them, not even through the "contact us" on their site! Be aware: This directory is a waste of time. They only add links with high PR (page rank) obviously to increase their own PR.

Recomendation: BAD

Blogwise.com (You Decide)

Your site has been added to the submission queue. Thank you for adding your site to Blogwise.
I filled in a "contact us" form in their site three times and got no answer...
Finally had some correspondence with "S" from blogwise (I didn't ask permission to write his name) and although in his first email he was willing to add my blog "In any case, we're here and trying our best. I can't in fairness force your blog through the listings above others, but I can say that your blog is in the list, waiting to be added 'as soon as we possibly can'.", they eventually decided that this blog is not good enough to be listed in their directory.
The main reasons metioned were:
1. Posts are being re-edited: "you appear to be editing existing posts to update them" (which is a must because of the natue of my blog)
2. As he said: "Using a blog host like Blogspot also doesn't automatically qualify sites. So as I say, in my view you're not running a blog anyway and the site would be rejected"
In their favor I must say that unlike other directories, at least "S" took the time to eventually answer my emails. To be 100% fair, I must say that "S" may have been offended because I suggested that a part of the email he sent me was "copied & pasted" however, I made it clear that I had no intention to offend him.
"S", I invite you to leave a comment or to reply to my last email if you want.

Recommendation: you decide

Blogflux.com (Not Recommended)

QUOTE:: Your site has been added to our queue - it must be approved before it appears live in the directory. You will be notified by email when this happens. Also feel free to submit to our partner site, Blog Top Sites.

They did not request a link back. I Sent blogflux two emails to ask if there is a reason why they are not adding my blogs. Got no response from them...

Recommendation: BAD


They ask for a link back (not clear if it's a must, I added it and later deleted it)

My blog was added, but there is no direct link to it. After performing a search, the tittle and description of my blog appear as I wrote them in the submition process but there is no link to my blog yet. If you want to actually see my blog you have to click on a text link that says "visit this blog" and then click on an other link which is a redirection to my blog (http://www.bloghub.com/cgi-bin/jump.cgi?ID=16433)

Recommendation: Feasible


QUOTE: your submission will be reviewed within 48 hours
They did not add the blog. An email was sent to them in order to get their response.
I contacted the blog admin and he sent me a link to a page where my link is listed: http://www.blogcatalog.com/blogs/blog-directories-reviews.html
There is a redirection to my blog (http://www.blogcatalog.com/out/blog-directories-reviews.html) which is not the best for search engines and page rank...

UPDATE: After reading one of the comments on this post, I checked and found out that they are no longer redirecting, now they are linking directly, which makes it worthwhile.

Thank you for posting comments!

Recommendation: recommended

All-blogs.net (Not Recommended)

I submited a few blogs to All-blogs.net and they never listed any of them... Of course, they requested that I add their link first which I did... I removed their link after several days, but if you see a blog with the following gif feel free to warn:
All-Blogs.net directory logo
Be aware of their trick: when you try to submit your blog they show an error message telling that they didn't find their link in your blog.
I emailed them to ask if there are any problems and they answered me that they are reviewing my blog and encouraged me to subscribe my blogs to easy-seek.com, easy-seek.net, financeseek.net and health-links.org YEAH RIGHT!!!

Recommendation: BAD


These are good guys. Just sign in, submit your blog and Technorati will link to you (even if you don't link back to them) They offer a few nice tools to add to your blogs as well.

Recommendation: Very recommended