Boost Your Website Traffic with a Directory Service

Boost Your Website Traffic with a Directory Service

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Note: this photo was published in a Jan 29, 2010 blog titled "15 Ways To Improve Freelance Creativity." It was also published in an Apr 19, 2010 blog titled "How Often Do You Work Outside?" And it was published in a Jul 7, 2010 blog titled "Tips For Using Your Laptop in Warm or Hot Weather." It was also published in an Aug 3, 2010 blog titled " Retomamos el blog… una vez más."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 10, 2011 blog titled " Internet móvil planta cara a las conexiones fijas." It was also published in a Winter 2010 blog (which appeared in mid-Feb 2011) from The Economist titled "Apple-v-Google." And it was published in a Mar 12, 2011 blog titled "New features for iPhone 3G OS 4.0, but update only available for iPhone 3G and 3GS model." It was also published in an Aug 6, 2011 blog titled " 到底誰才是 3G 上網變慢的真正原因?" And it was published in an Aug 23, 2011 blog titled "Фарватеры и мели мобильного софта: что писать, на чём и для кого."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Feb 9, 2012 blog titled "Do people ever buy used laptops in good condition, but without the hard drive?" It was also published in a Jun 29, 2012 blog titled "Marketing Like A Pro with Multivariate Testing for Freelancers." A cropped version of the photo was also published in a Jul 6, 2012 blog titled "UN council rules on Internet use." And the photo was published in a Sep 11, 2012 blog titled "FINDING THE READERSHIP FOR WHICH YOU YEARN." It was also published in a Sep 24, 2012 blog titled "You Against The odds – The Most Important Paraphrasing Hints Available." And it was published in an Oct 11, 2012 blog titled "From 1879 to Today, Nothing has Changed." A cropped version of the photo was also published in a Dec 4, 2012 blog titled "Gadgets endanger family values." The photo was also published in a Dec 25, 2012 blog titled "Be Bold When Trying Out These New Ideas For Article Directory Promotion."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 6, 2013 blog titled "How To Get Your Article Out There For Others To Read." It was also published in a Jan 8, 2013 blog titled "Time-Proven Techniques To Achieving Article Syndication Success." And it was published in a Feb 2, 2013 blog titled "LEARNING THE INS AND OUTS OF GREAT ARTICLE MARKETING." It was also published in a Feb 6, 2013 blog titled "Article Marketing Can Be Quite The Moneymaker With These Tips." And it was published in a Feb 17, 2013 blog titled "Improve Your Writing With These Article Promotion Tips."
A cropped version of the photo was also published in a Mar 14, 2013 blog titled "3 Fundamental Principles to Optimize Typography in Responsive Web Design." And the photo was also published in a Mar 16, 2013 blog titled "Tips for Crowdsourcing Your Responsive Website Design."

Moving into 2014, a cropped version of the photo was published on what appears to be the home page of a Dutch university(?) titled "Cursussen Programmeren."


This young man and woman seemed to be writing a computer program, or perhaps building a website, as they sat in a shady area off to the side of the people waiting in line … I didn’t get close enough to them to see exactly what they were up to …

Silly me: after the iPhone 3g had been out for a full week, I thought I could stroll right into the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue & 59th Street in mid-town Manhattan, and simply buy one without any muss, fuss, bother, or delay.

But when I arrived at 11 AM, I found a line of approximately 150 people waiting outside in the broiling sun, not seeming to move forward at all; it turned out that the Apple store "concierge" folks were letting them in in groups of ten, when the previous ten had been taken care of. When I asked the woman how long she had been waiting, she said, "Four hours" — she had arrived at 7 AM, having already determined that the AT&T stores were sold out throughout New Jersey and Connecticut.

Well, I’m a gadget freak and a Mac fan, but there’s a limit to my passion for such things; four hours was just too much. So instead, I decided to take a bunch of pictures of the people who were in the line. Of course, I have no idea whethere the people queued up in front of Apple stores in other cities (or at other stores here in NYC) are similar to this group … but I’m inclined to think that they are. And if that’s true, then the demographics of this group — in terms of age, gender, nationality, ethnic groups, etc. — is particularly intriguing. I saw only one guy dressed in a corporate uniform of suit and tie; Apple may be trying to break into the "enterprise" market, but that’s not who was standing in line for all those hours in the sun…

Are you looking to increase traffic to your website? Does your online business need more exposure than it’s currently getting? To jump start your business and see your number of online visitors skyrocket, try using an online website directory service.

An online website directory service is a website that features every type of business imaginable. From dog food to florists, all of the business websites are neatly categorized into headings and subheadings.

The category system of organization helps the online website directory to be as user friendly as possible. It offers up a wealth of information in a manner that is easy to understand.

It is important for web surfers to find the information they desire quickly and easily. Website directories are constructed to make a visitor’s experience convenient and hassle free. The pleasant experience a potential customer encounters when using a website directory will directly affect their overall impression of your business.

If you are affiliated with a directory that is well-designed and easy to use, it makes your business look professional. If you are listed on a sub-par site that is cluttered and chaotic, it will make your business look unorganized and give a bad impression to your potential clients.

Often, the best online website directory service is one that listens to the needs of its visitors. For instance, if a web surfer sees that a new category is needed for a certain group of businesses, the website should make it easy for them to submit their suggestions.

After all, their ease of use on the website translates into web traffic for their valued advertisers. Make sure the online directory you choose to list your business with cares about the satisfaction of their visitors.

Many online website directory services also allow their users to rank and review the websites they frequent. If you have a particularly good website, listing it on a directory service is a must. It will earn you the positive feedback that your online content deserves.

Another convenient feature that is offered by a good online website directory service is a search tool. Imagine if a potential client was looking for your website through the directory, but couldn’t remember the exact name of your business. The client could simply go back to the directory and type in as much of your business’ name as could be remembered.

Because there are far fewer competitors listed in an online website directory than in a huge search engine, clients are far more likely to find your website again. In this manner, an online website directory service makes you easier to find online than lots of the competition.

In fact, some directories offer more than a simple, standard search feature. The best directories offer an advanced search option, sometimes called a power search, that allows visitors to search by a person’s name, e-mail address or business category. This is very useful if a potential client can remember your e-mail address, but not your business’ name or phone number.

Often, you can add your business’ website to an online directory service for free. The directory will provide you with a back link to your website at no cost to you, just like registering your domain name for free with the major search engines. So, if there’s no charge, listing your website on a directory is a no-brainer.

This article was written by Jay Gaulard on behalf of , a popular website directory.

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