The 9Sites directory was reviewed for Web Directory Reviews on January 27, 2014.

With this review, I will be four reviews behind in my first quarter of 2014 review schedule. I had spent a great deal of time on my review criteria, and in the end, while my desire was to make significant changes to the criteria, what I came up with is very much like that which I used in the last quarter of 2013, and the two quarters before that.

We will be evaluating directories according to five general criteria: aesthetics (10%), content (25%), intuitiveness (20%), quality (20%), and usefulness (25%). Additionally, another five points may be available for extra content provided, which may be defined as extra content beyond that generally found in web directories.

Each quarter, twenty web directories will be reviewed and rated, according to published criteria. Ten of these will consist of the top ten directories from the previous quarter, while the remainder will be challengers.

This is the first time we will be looking at the 9Sites directory. Its index page has a Google PageRank of four. Second-level category PageRank ranges from two to three, and its third-level categories range from zero to three.

The Alexa Traffic Rank of the 9Sites directory is 19,859, and its SEMRush rank is zero. Its Moz Domain Authority is 48/100, and the Page Authority of its index page is 56/100.

The directory has had sixty-four StumbleUpon stumbies and one Twitter tweet, but no Facebook likes or Google+ clicks.

Regular links may be submitted to the directory for free, with no requirement for a reciprocal link, and premium links cost $15.95, as a one-time payment. A refund is offered if the site is declined.

Aesthetics - 5/10

The color scheme of the 9Sites directory is simple, but safe. There are sixteen upper-level categories, arranged in two columns of eight each. Three subcategories are listed beneath the upper-level categories; some of these take up two lines, while others take up only one, and the upper-level category name choices are asymmetrical.

The index page includes a banner ad beneath the main menu, and its subpages have a banner ad beneath the site listings.

Content - 8/25

Scrutiny detected only 3,029 links in the 9Sites directory, which is low for a directory that has been online for seven or eight years. That seemed low to me, so I scanned it using Integrity, another program used for checking link integrity, and it came up with roughly the same number of outgoing links.

I believe that the 9Sites directory appears larger than it is because there are no empty categories, at least not so far as I have seen.

Intuitiveness - 15/20

The directory's upper-level category name choices are fairly standard, and easy enough to figure out, nor am I seeing any particular problem with its lower-level taxonomy. Categories are presented alphabetically, from left to right, and top to bottom.

However, some of its upper-level categories have multiple pages of listings, when many of these sites could easily have been subcategorized, some into existing categories. Multiple pages of uncategorized sites are not particularly helpful to a directory user.

There is no use of @links, related links, or See also link.

Quality - 13/20

Moat of the directory's site descriptions use the sentence fragment model, and quite a few site titles include keywords outside of the actual title of the site. As you can see from the following examples, titles and descriptions are not terrible, but neither are they particularly good.

Heather Schmid, The Goddess Within
Former miss millenium and international recording artist Heather Schmid's official website. Provides latest news, music, ring tones, video and more.

MorningGloryArt Decorative Painting
Decorative painting arts and crafts classes located near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area.

Lists contemporary visual artists with a database of works and biographies searchable by name, style, or medium.

Bali Artist Gallery
Offers an overview of the work by artists living and working in Bali. Includes galleries and informations on artists in various fields, including painting, jewelry, and more.

Sprachaufenthalt - Language Schools and Courses Worldwidepremium listing
Individual language courses and over 300 language schools in over 100 countries worldwide from StudyLingua Spachaufenthalte.

English Online - Online Languages - Anglictina Onlinepremium listing
Online languages is brand new award-winning online educational system providing english online, french online, german online and spanish online. It offers more than 20 specialisations. English online is organised to 6 levels.

Internet Business Listingpremium listing
List your business with StumpIT for Free.

Lake Tahoe SEO, Web Design and Web Marketingpremium listing
Lake Tahoe SEO, Web Marketing & Website Design agency. Pricing based on your budget. Call 775-339-8733 for a free consultation.

Top Position Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)premium listing
Top Position is a white hat search engine optimisation agency. SEO and web site optimization services include link building, content optimization, social media marketing, online PR and pay per click.

Website Optimisation Lancashirepremium listing
Adrac is an organic SEO company that specialises in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) achieving high ranking for your website in major search engine results.

There is some promotional language in site description, but it's not overly blatant.

Scrutiny found 3,029 outgoing links, 236 of the flagged as being bad. Among the bad sites, most of them were 404 errors or ones that returned the error: A server with the specified hostname could not be found. There were also more than a view timeouts; of the timeouts that I checked in my browser, I was unable to connect them either. Still, the bad links accounted for fewer than one percent of its links.

Usefulness - 10/25

Unfortunately, there is not enough content in the 9Sites directory for it to be as useful as much larger directories, although its lack of empty categories helps considerably. There is a working in-site search and, although its site descriptions could be better, most of them are detailed enough to be found on a keyword search.

9Sites does not use category descriptions, which I consider to be important as far as the usefulness of a directory is concerned. Well written and informative category descriptions are not only useful for search engine optimization, but they can be a resource for directory users and site submitters alike.

Extra Content - 0/5

I am not seeing any extra content.

Overall Ranking - 51%

As a result of my evaluation of the 9Sites directory, I have rated it at fifty-one percent.


I have seen a lot worse than the 9Sites directory. The main thing that it needs in order to be competitive is content.


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