- +Top Ten Web Directories for the Fourth Quarter of 2013
- The top ten web directories, determined from the directory reviews conducted during the months of October, November and December of 2013, are Best of the Web, Aviva Directory, Jasmine Directory, Directory Journal, AMRAY, Yahoo! Directory, Open Directory Project, JoeAnt, Skaffe, and Authority Directory.
Not making it into the top ten during the fourth quarter of 2013 were R-TT Web Directory, World Site Index, Webotopia, InCrawler, Nexus Directory, Web World, Pro Link Directory, Octopedia, Three Link Directory, and GreenStalk, in that order.
- +Best of the Web
- Best of the Web was our number one directory for the fourth quarter of 2013, based on our evaluation of the directory on November 17 and 18, 2013.
The strongest point in our evaluation of Best of the Web was its content, as it is a large directory with very few bad links, largely, I believe, because Best of the Web uses an automated program that runs periodically, making bad links inactive until an editor can review the link. Content - 23/25.
Best of the Web's weakest point, in my assessment was in aesthetics, where it really didn't do badly at all. Aesthetics - 7/10.
Direct link to Best of the Web: #1 directory in the 4th quarter of reviews
Link to our review: 4th quarter review of Best of the Web
- +Aviva Directory
- Aviva Directory was our number two directory in the fourth quarter of 2013, dropping behind Best of the Web largely because of our closer scrutiny of the amount of content in the two directories this quarter, as opposed to last. Our review of Aviva Directory was conducted on November 3, 2013.
The strongest points of Aviva Directory were aesthetics and intuitiveness, for its pleasant design and solid taxonomy. Interestingly, in a recent update done after this review, its design has gotten even better. Aesthetics - 9/10, Intuitiveness - 18/20.
The directory's weakest point was in content. Although it is a large and comprehensive directory, many of the other directory in our top ten topped out at 200,000 links, while Aviva Directory did not. However, its content grows larger each month, and what it may lack in content, it has made up for in other areas. Content - 16/25.
Direct link to Aviva Directory: #2 directory in the 4th quarter of reviews
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- +Jasmine Directory
- Jasmine Directory was our number three directory, on the basis of our November 29, 2013 review. Jasmine is the youngest directory in our top ten, I believe, but it has really been making inroads in the directory industry.
The strongest points of the Jasmine Directory were in the areas of aesthetics and intuitiveness, as it is an attractive directory with a solid taxonomy, strengthened by long, descriptive category descriptions. Aesthetics - 9/10, Intuitiveness - 18/20.
Its weakest point was content. As the youngest directory on the list, many of the others have had a head start of a decade or more on Jasmine Directory to accumulate content. Jasmine has a crew of editors actively building its content, however. Content - 17/25.
Direct link to Jasmine Directory: #3 directory in the 4th quarter of reviews
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- +Directory Journal
- Directory Journal was our number four directory during the fourth quarter of 2013, moving up one space from last quarter, largely due to the Yahoo! Directory moving down a few spaces. In its own right, however, Directory Journal is a strong directory, one that has been in our top ten from the beginning. We evaluated Directory Journal on November 18, 2013
Its strongest point in our assessment was in the area of intuitiveness. Although some problems were noted, the directory has a solid taxonomy, which is enhanced by its use of @links and an above or below the line feature. Intuitiveness - 17/20.
Its weakest point was in aesthetics, where we noted that its index page has a cluttered look, and that there was a lack of symmetry in its upper-level category name choices. Nevertheless, aesthetics counts for only ten percent of the total score. Aesthetics - 6/10.
Direct link to Directory Journal: #4 directory in the 4th quarter of reviews
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- A newcomer to our top ten list, although it is not a newcomer to the web directory industry, is the AMRAY directory, which we evaluated for the first time on October 25 and 26, 2013. I am told that AMRAY is an acronym, but I have not been able to determine what it is acronym of.
The strongest point of the AMRAY directory was in the area of content, where it topped out in our scan of links, and includes other content besides outgoing directory links. Content - 22/25.
Its weakest point was in usefulness, largely due to shallow subcategorization and a lack of category descriptions. Usefulness - 18/25.
Direct link to AMRAY: #5 directory in the 4th quarter of reviews
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- +Yahoo! Directory
- The Yahoo! Directory is one of the pioneers of the web directory industry, and continues to be a strong, authoritative directory, and it has been in our top ten since we began publishing quarterly reviews. Our assessment of the Yahoo! Directory was on December 6, 2013.
The strongest point of the Yahoo! Directory, according to our evaluation, was in the area of usefulness. The Yahoo! Directory is a strong brand, with a lot of content and an solid taxonomy. Usefulness - 20/25.
Its weakest point, oddly enough, was in the area of aesthetics. The Yahoo! Directory's appearance couldn't be simpler, with each top-level category placed inside of a box, which are arranged in two columns. It is a perfectly functional theme, but there is nothing special about it. Aesthetics - 5/10.
However, aesthetics counts for only ten percent of the total score. The real reason why the Yahoo! Directory dropped a couple of levels in our top ten list is because I was unable to complete a scan of the directory using Scrutiny, which determines the number of links in a directory. Realizing that it was difficult to determine or compare the number of links in the directories I was evaluating, I decided to depend on Scrutiny. But the moment Scrutiny began scanning the Yahoo! Directory, my ISP was banned. According to our published criteria then, I had no choice but to deduct five points from its score in the area of content. Otherwise, its numerical score would have tied Aviva Directory, in the number two spot.
Direct link to Yahoo! Directory: #6 directory in the 4th quarter of reviews
Link to our review: 4th quarter review of Yahoo! Directory
- +Open Directory Project
- The Open Directory Project, also known as The ODP or DMOZ, is another pioneer in the web directory industry, and it has been in our top ten since we first reviewed it in our second quarter of reviews. During our fourth quarter, the ODP was reviewed on October 20, 2013, after which its score earned it another place on our top ten, as our number seven directory. In points, including extra credit points, the Open Directory Project tied the Yahoo! Directory. According to our criteria, the tie was broken by their scores in the usefulness category.
The strongest point in the Open Directory Project was in the area of intuitiveness, due to its solid taxonomy and use of @links and above and below the line features, as well related links, which make it very easy for someone to find whatever they might be looking for. Intuitiveness - 20/20.
The ODP's weakest point was in the area of usefulness, due to its lack of fresh content in many of its categories, some of which have not been updated since 2007, its several empty categories, and the fact that its category descriptions are intended for site submitters rather than directory users. Usefulness - 13/25.
Direct link to Open Directory Project: #7 directory in the 4th quarter of reviews
Link to our review: 4th quarter review of Open Directory Project
- JoeAnt has been on our top ten list since we began evaluating web directories in the first quarter of 2013. The directory was reviewed on December 13 and 14, 2013. Arguably, JoeAnt may be the most active remaining volunteer-driven web directory.
Its strongest point was in intuitiveness, due to its unique but sensible taxonomy, as well as its "See Also" links. Intuitiveness - 17/20.
Its weakest point was in aesthetics, largely due to its banner advertising. Aesthetics - 6/10.
Direct link to JoeAnt: #8 directory in the 4th quarter of reviews
Link to our review: 4th quarter review of Joeant
- The Skaffe directory has been around for about a decade, although this is the first quarter that we have included it in our reviews. Skaffe was reviewed on December 14, 2013, and its rating puts it at number nine in our top ten list.
The strongest point of Skaffe is in the area of intuitiveness, largely due to its unique, effective taxonomy, and its use of @links and above and below the line features. Additionally, sites representing brick and mortar businesses may also be located by post or zip code. A welcome addition would be category descriptions, which are lacking in Skaffe. Intuitiveness - 18/20.
The weakest point in Skaffe is in the area of usefulness, which is where its lack of category descriptions hurt its rating the most. Usefulness - 15/25.
Direct link to Skaffe: #9 directory in 4th quarter of reviews
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- +Authority Directory
- The Authority Directory makes out top ten list for the third quarter in a row, coming in as number ten in our top ten directories for the fourth quarter of 2013.
The Authority Directory's strongest point was in the area of quality, due to its editorial control over listed sites. Quality - 17/20
Its weakest point was in usefulness, where it lost points for its lack of category descriptions and use of sentence fragments rather than full sentences in site descriptions.
Direct link to Authority Directory: #10 directory in 4th quarter of reviews
Link to our review: 4th quarter review of Authority Directory