For a second I was like wth is professor Kendall doing on my site posting an interview.. but soon realized that owner of http://www.gonewanderin.com happens to be a different person .. not that I do not like professor kendall (professor who taught something related to physics),just that, I was you can say, "not the brightest" of the bunch in the class 🙂 .. Anyways enough with my life, let’s get on with reviewing Kendall’s directory. By the way thanks Kendall that you liked this site and took your time to send us your complete interview, was an interesting read. As, you might have noticed the domain name does not reflect upon itself that it’s a directory, which is cause of the fact that it was a fansite and recently only converted to a directory. What I would have liked is if it was rather converted to niche directory (music,artists,crafts maybe). Cause there are so many general directories out there is suppose, and from live directoy stats seems like it has more categories than active link, thus its overcrowded right now with categories rather than sites, so quick suggestion please populate the directory or remove unwanted categories.
Looks and Feel:
Screenshot below (will start posting reviews with screenshots, in case you stumble upon this review like 10 years from now, will at least have an idea what the review was about) shows how directory looks like on my Firefox browser, and have to say it is pleasing and has a clean design, with cool icons besides the categories. Personally I think that it’s going to become a trend soon with directories having nice icons besides each category, not many directories today have them though. Plus the original design came from OsDesigner which happens to be leader in phpld templates and designs.
Would say it has just enough mods installed to attract few extra submissions, like deeplinks mod,sponsor category mod, and so on… Submission looks to be clean and non-cluttered and straight forward.Since I mentioned about sponsor category mod, I would really like to see that annoying green animated thing that keeps saying sponsor this category for $3 all the time, with time while browsing the directory it tends to grow on you, plus I do not see why have mention the same thing 2 times?
Well not a bad directory at all, has good google pagerank in the era where google has punished so many directories and sites by lowering their pagerank. It’s not like the end of the world, but still… adds additional value to a directory with higher pagerank. Design is simple, just maybe fix the sponsor thingy, and maybe start adding some quality sites manually to increase its visibility and content. Oh by the way no e-book for you Kendall hehe..but once I am like super-duper rich maybe I will send you few copies. Also how about offering free listings every few weeks to help you build directory up, and do let me know so I can sneak in few of my sites there muaahaa… And I like the logo of your directory and feel free to submit your directory to My Directory Rank another part of web directory reviews ! Below is what Kendall had to say about his directory.
What is your name and age and where are you from?
My name is Kendall Tschacher and I am from Watauga, TX
When was your directory created? And might we dare ask what made you jump into the directory business? Did any directory motivated or inspired you to start your own directory?
Quality Deep Link Directory was created in June, 2007 from a site I had owned for 3 years. The previous site was for an up and coming musician in Sacramento, CA. Although the fansite did well initially, it soon lost momentum and was just taking up server space. I got into the directory business out of curiosity. i had browsed the directory forums on DP and thought it would be interesting. I can’t say that any directory specifically motivated me to get into the business, but the thought of creating an SEO resource for webmasters appealed to me. I wanted to see if I could build a quality resource with minimal investment. To date, 100% of any proceeds Quality Deep Link Directory have made go back into the directory and will continue to do so.
Do you remember the first Pagerank your directory received, if so would you mind sharing it with us. What are your plans for the next one?
I had the luxury of starting out at a PR4 because of the previous site. This eanabled me to charge a nominal review fee ($2.99) to generate enough revenue to fund my link building campaign. At first, I spent hours submitting to quality directories both free and paid and was very careful to make sure I submitted to places of integrity (avoided unfriendly neighborhoods). As for the next update, I will continue to do what i have been doing as it is the only way I know how.
Is it prepared properly to face the next PR update?
PR is out of my control and I try not to make PR a milestone although it is hard. Moving from a PR5 to a PR6 will be tough and if it happens it will only be a result of my work to provide webmasters with an affordable SEO resource to help them get visitors.
What about the template? Is it custom made or using readily available free templates? And do you have any plans in near future for changing the design?
My template is a free template by OSDesigner that i have made modifications to. I will probably stick to the design as it is very clean and compliant.
What modifications or some say mods do you have installed?
Currently I have link popularity, sitemap, LivePR, sponsored ads and sponsored categories by Darge at linkforever.net. I also have the deep links mod by An0n at directorydump.com that come with support that is second to none (thanks an0n). I also wanted a way to offer promotions so I purchased the coupon mod from Goodprlinks.com.
Do you believe that a directory should have a blog?
A directory should have a blog only if they can offer quality content. I hate when i visit a directory and all they can offer are articles scraped from other sites. If I ever feel I can offer good advice or direction to directory owners, I will have a blog but if I can’t, I wouldn’t want to scapre just so I can say i have content.
Do you have a link building strategy you want to share?
Nothing special but you have to buy my e-book:)-Just Kidding.
Is there a promotion strategy you are after?
I think Quality Deep Link Directory offers the best value on the net for what you get and I want to keep it that way. Although I did raise my price when I made PR5, I still provide an affordable option. Regular listings are reviewed for $4.99 with 5 added deeplinks. I personally think $4.99 is what my time is worth to review the site and make any changes/edits to the listing to maintain my standards.
How is traffic? Do you have any specific goals set?
Currently I get about 3k uniques a month. As any webmaster, I would love to increase my traffic. My next milestone is to be
Where is your traffic coming from?
Although I rank very well for some keywords in the SERPS, I find much of my traffic comes from other directories I have partnered with like lobolinks.com and webdirectories.ws
What about SEO and SERPs? Do you believe in that and as a directory owner do you believe it’s a requirement for any directory?
Absolutely. Any means to get visibility to your site is a must for any webmaster and not just directory owners.
What keywords are you targeting, if any?
super top secret:)
Do you have any kind of stats regarding the traffic your directory sends to the listed sites?
I have the basic phpld hit counter but that is about it.
Are there any other strong features you think must be pointed out?
Would you like to share with everyone the stats of your directory? For example, active links, number of categories, and inactive links?
Currently about 2800 categories and 500+ links
How many editors does your directory have? If none, do you plan on hiring editors at later stages of your directory development?
Currently it is just me. Being a paid directory, I only get a few submissions a day. If my volume increased, of course i would hire to make sure we maintained quality
How can users get in touch with you?
Would you like to add anything else, that we might have missed?
Other Directories Owned : forumstation.net, metroplexbusiness.com
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