- About Web Directory Reviews OrgMy purpose, and my intention for Web Directory Reviews Org, is to review directories as objectively as I know how to. In doing so, it is not my objective to tear anyone down or to build anyone up, but to simply tell the truth as I am able to discern it.
As time goes on, I will be refining the criteria that I will be using, and it is also likely that the quality and usefulness of various web site directories will change over time, and I will reevaluate web directories periodically, as I can find the time to do so, particularly if I notice that something has changed, either for the good or for the bad. I may also reevaluate web directories, as I am able, upon the request of the directory owners, when they have reason to believe that they have made significant improvements in the quality and usefulness of their product. I also invite comments on my reviews.
It is my intention, also, to include interviews with various web directory owners or managers, where a number of topics related to their directories, or the web directory industry in general, may be discussed.
- About MeI have been involved in web directories for many years, beginning with Gnuhoo, which was later renamed the Open Directory Project, also known as DMOZ (for its original domain name: directory.mozilla.org). I was an early meta editor for the ODP, remaining with the project for many years. I have also been a Go Guide, and a Zealot with the Zeal Directory, both of which are now defunct. I briefly volunteered with the JoeAnt Directory, but cannot say that I contributed much to that endeavor; to no fault of theirs, I simply didn’t have a lot of time to put into it at that point in my life. I have also worked as a paid editor for three different web directories, which I won’t name, due to confidentiality agreements.
I earn my living online. For more than two decades, I have dabbled in web site design, search engine optimization, web marketing, and affiliate marketing. I have supplied content for web sites, blogs and online forums, and I suppose that what I do for a living these days could be described as an online handyman. I do a lot of things well, but I don’t claim to be an expert in any of them. What I will offer here are my opinions, for whatever they might be worth to you.
I prefer to remain anonymous here, nor will I entertain speculation as to my identity. It’s not that I enjoy the mystery of it but there is a very good chance that I will accept an assignment with another web directory at some point, and would rather not cloud either my potential employment or the objectivity of my reviews here by any paid projects that I might undertake in the future. I do not want this to be about me, nor do I wish to feel pressured to rank any particular web directory higher than warranted.
- About Web Directory EvaluationsBy their very nature, there is a level of subjectivity to a directory evaluation. While I will try very hard to be fair at all times, a directory review is largely a matter of opinion, and opinions are subject to change from one day to another. Something that might look very good to me one day might not impress me as greatly on another. Conversely, that which looks horrible to me on one day may not look so bad the next.
Also, please keep in mind that when the top ten directories are published at the end of each quarter, these represent the top ten directories among the twenty that were evaluated that quarter. It does not necessarily follow that these are the best directories on the Internet.
Please feel free to critique our criteria, either by email or within our discussion forum. Thus far, changes have been made to our evaluation criteria following each quarter, and many of these changes were enacted on the basis of forum discussions or emails that I have received.
Ratings that are assigned to a directory are not set in stone. Although I will not go back into past quarters to change a numerical grade, I will correct any errors that I may have made in the text of the evaluation and, until a quarter is completed and the top ten directories have been announced, I will make changes to numerical scores if I can be persuaded of an error on my part.
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