|Web Directory Title||King Bloom Directory|
|Genre||General Web Directory – Paid Only|
|Current Pagerank||PR 4|
|Stats||4,000 Categories , Over 30,000 Active Links|
|Backlinks||Yahoo Backlinks : 14,378 Google Backlinks: 90|
|Whois||Created 20th September,1997|
Detailed Review For King Bloom Directory
|I have to be frank here, kingbloom has more google ads than any directory I have reviewed so far, and possible the first directory I ever clicked on google ads by mistake, its just not possible to not click the ads while browsing. It might drive potential customers away because those ads are not adding any charm to the looks of kingbloom. It has a fairly simple design with, dmoz listings, image uploading, shopping, tools and many more features attached, and over 30,000 paid listings.
It’s just not simply a standalone directory like the rest. Since, the directory is custom coded and their own creation, it has few features missing from rest of the directories like the details pages for individual sites. It follows simplicity principles. It’s not that user friendly because like I mentioned it has more ads than any directory I ever seen, and it’s quite easy to get distracted and loose track of where you currently are. I would suggest Jeremy if possible to lower the amount of ads displayed and add few extra features for sites, like detail pages. Submission page can use some work, and instead of showing all the fields are single text box, for description they can use a rectangular box text area field instead of the current field. Maybe, have options for Meta submissions also.Although it does not the greatest appearance and feel to it, but its got real potential and value, according to jeremy, 3 Million page views have been registered for 2007. At this stage i would like to invite jeremy for maybe a month only to take part in our directory ranking program and let everyone know exactly whats happening daily at KingBloom!!.Overall after reading the interview you can say Jeremy has been putting in lots of efforts for quite some years now, but due to the excessive use of ads, I would be forced to rate it at 9/10 if I had to.Giving it a 9 cause directories value is not from it’s appearance, but from its visibility on the search engines. What is your name and age and where are you from?
Jeremy Anthony Kinsey, 36, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
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?
December 2005, We jumped into the directory business because after watching directory after directory pop up, each offering very little in the way of value, updated and fresh content, I felt I could do a better job. I just wanted to create a directory that actually provided value to both the listing party and the end user. I would have to say yes, that several directories inspired me to create KingBloom. Again, those carbon copy, dime a dozen directories that kept popping up over and over again…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?
Our first Page Rank was PR5, with a consistent flow of PR3,4, and 5 inner pages.. The last few updates for reason’s beyond me have left the directory at PR4. I never try to understand Google.. At one point we achieved a PR6, which was fleeting… To be honest, our main focus has been on obtaining a consistent and level flow of several factors important to SEO’s and Directory Listers. PR alone is not what makes a directory great. Several factors including, traffic, organization, and fresh content are equally important. You could have a PR10, but without these other things, what good is the PR?
Is it prepared properly to face the next PR update?
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?
Well , given our script is custom built, I would say that we have added mods to handle tings like dead sites, dead sites that come back to life, email notifications to users when sites go dead, a pre-approval processing system.
Do you have a link building strategy you want to share?
Is there a promotion strategy you are after?
How is traffic? Do you have any specific goals set?
Where is your traffic coming from?
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?
Do you have any kind of stats regarding the traffic your directory sends to the listed sites?
Would you like to share with everyone the stats of your directory? For example, active links, number of categories, and inactive links?
How many editors does your directory have? If none, do you plan on hiring editors at later stages of your directory development?
How can users get in touch with you?