Free Directories vs. Paid Directories

There are some online gossips that Google may have de-indexed some free web directories.

The discussions begins with a post from user Sunnyujjawal, who says: “While checking some sites links I found 50% free submission directories are out of G now. Will Google count such links in negative SEO or unnatural linking?” 

He points to one example: global-web-directory.org. Indeed, I’m getting no results for that site:

global web directory

“I’m not sure about the 50% thing though. I’ve looked at a number of others, and haven’t come across many that were not showing listings (though I have no doubt that there are more out there). Either way, there are still a lot of these sites that are still in Google’s index. We do know, however, that quite a few of them recently received PageRank reductions with the recent update.”

 

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