Directory Library

Directory Library was evaluated for Web Directory Reviews Org on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

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Directory Library does not permit crawling by the Internet Archive so the date that it first appeared as a directory cannot be determined. However, the domain was first registered on October 17, 2012.

Its Moz Domain Authority is 27/100, the Page Authority of its index page is 37/100, its Page MozRank is 4.94, and its Page MozTrust is 5.68. Its Majestic Trust Flow is 35 and its Citation Flow is 28. The Alexa Traffic Rank is 751,619.

There are two submission options, both one-time fees. A Standard listing is $39.95, which includes a Google map and a link to social profiles, as well as a standard listing. An Express listing is $79.95, which includes up to five deep links.

I am going on two years of evaluating and rating sites for Web Directory Reviews Org. When I review a directory, I look at it from the perspective of a directory user rather than as a potential submitter, and I rate them in five areas of assessment: aesthetics (10%), size (20%), intuitiveness (20%), quality (25%), and usefulness (25%). Up to five additional points may be awarded for useful content not otherwise credited.

This is the first time that I have reviewed Directory Library, so I'll get on with it.

Aesthetics - 8/10
Directory Library is an attractive directory; nothing fancy, but it's well organized and is easy enough to read.

The main menu can be viewed above the fold. There are seventeen upper-level categories, arranged in two uneven columns. Most of its categories consist of one word, two of them are two words connected by an ampersand, while another uses the full conjunction.

Beneath each upper-level category is a few subcategories ending with an ellipsis, some on one line, others wrapping to two lines, while the ellipsis wraps to a third line on three of them, lending a somewhat awkward look to the main menu.

Beneath the main menu are a few blurbs pointing to internal pages of the directory and peripheral pages. There is no third-party advertising.

Size - 7/20


Since it it would be wholly impractical for me to browse through every category and subcategory of a directory, counting outgoing links, I scan each directory with a program called Scrutiny, which gives me the full number of links on the domain, sans any subdomains. Although this number is higher than the total number of outgoing links, it works for the sake of comparison, especially since I use the same method for each directory.

From the total number of links, I calculate the number of links that were added each year, basing the rating for this area of the assessment on that, according to our criteria.

Directory Library is approximately two years and one month old. Scrutiny found 13,511 links, which figures to about 6,486 links per year. According to my criteria, that comes to 7 out of a possible 25 points. Directory Library is a bit light as far as content goes.

Intuitiveness - 20/20


The taxonomy of Directory Library is solid, as is its presentation, which makes good use of @links and above- and below-the-line features, nicely separating differing types of subcategories, such as topical and geographical.

Besides its standard menu, directory users have the option of browsing listings alphabetically.

Sites appear to be listed in appropriate categories, as well. Express listings appear above Standard listings, but site are otherwise sorted alphabetically.

Lastly, its search feature works very well, even on multiple-word search phrases, presenting results also with Express listings first.

Quality - 20/25


The Directory Library domain was scanned by Scrutiny without trouble, and very few bad links were found, some of which were not actually bad. I found no problems with any of the directory's pages, either category pages or peripheral pages.

The directory includes a contact form, guidelines, a privacy policy, and an affiliate program. Interestingly, there is a page for recently rejected sites, explaining why submitted sites might have been rejected for inclusion in the directory.

In most cases, site titles use the actual title of the site but I have come across several that use the domain name instead. Site descriptions use the sentence fragment model mostly, although I have come across several that were written in full sentences. I did not come across any that contained spelling errors, capitalization errors, or promotional hype, and most of them were reasonably descriptive of the site.

I cannot swear that there aren't any but I have browsed several categories and subcategories, finding none that were empty. Although some areas of the directory are skimpy, it appears that categories are not created until there are sites available to list in them.

Usefulness - 17/25


A general directory with fewer than 14,000 sites is not as useful as a larger directory, some of which contain in excess of 500,000 sites. The fact that users do not have to wade through empty categories minimizes this somewhat, however.

I was pleased to find lengthy and well-written category descriptions on each of its categories. This is a feature that, while standard in most directory scripts, is often neglected by directory operators.

Despite the absence of a large number of links, each of Directory Library's categories has useful textual content.

Extra Content - 1


Directory Library does include a blog, although no new blog articles have been added in more than a year. There is an affiliate program that offers 20% for each sale delivered.

Overall Rating - 73%


Upon my evaluation of Directory Library on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, I have rated it at seventy-three percent

Comments


Directory Library is an excellent new directory. Although it is perhaps too new to make it onto my top ten list yet, as long as the same attention to quality is continued, while considerably more sites are added to its index, Directory Library will be one of the best directories on the Internet. If size wasn’t included in my assessment, Directory Library would be a sure thing for the top ten.

Expect great things from Directory Library. My suggestion to anyone who has a website to market is to submit your site now while the prices are low, because you'll be paying a lot more for a listing in Directory Library a couple of years from now. It will be worth it too.

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