Saturday, October 20, 2012

Catalog Connection 2012 Web Clips

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mobile Web Directories

With today's mobile technology, it is a good idea to provide a version of your website that can be easily viewed on a mobile phone. I have begun the process of creating a mobile version that uses the same database as the normal one. An example can be found at Viewing this site via a desktop computer will give a different result than from a mobile phone.

I use a script on the static site that detects the type of browser, so it can send the user to the mobile site, if necessary. All functions are visible on both versions, including the display of a Google map for Premium listings. Both sites allow link submissions for both a normal and a Premium listing, and both have a PayPal integration for the Premium listing fee.

The script that I use is the latest version of PowerSeek version 6. In my estimation, it still is the best script available to operate a Directory. I have found that the mobile version has to run as a 'Dynamic' site and as a 'Medium-sized' directory to make everything work properly.

I run the mobile version as a Dynamic site so the database doesn't have to be built into static HTML pages every day. They automatically display any new changes made on either version. I just included a 'noindex,nofollow' tag so the pages aren't duplicated by Google.

I run the mobile version as a Medium-sized directory to allow users to submit to the directory. I found that running it as a Large-sized directory will not allow submissions because the script looks for a particular category to submit to, and the dynamic version does not provide that information.

Please give me feedback. I am always looking for ways to improve the quality, and any suggestions would be appreciated.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Expanding the possibilities

Long ago, I decided to create a regional Directory ( ). One that will list any site, from anywhere, and categorize each by their own city. Because I own 19 Directory websites, I get tons of submissions every day. My goal is to add any site that contains full address information to this regional Directory, and it is expanding very rapidly both in popularity and Alexa ranking.

I also decided to add an extra field to this Directory to list the county that the business resides in, and to make this field searchable. This way, visitors can do a search for all businesses in a particular county.

The problem was that I haven't found any businesses that list their counties on the website. It was easy to find the solution:

With this tool, I can easily look up the county by simply searching the zip code.

This may seem like a lot of work, but I believe it is worth it. I have found that if you use the tools available, and you are willing to put the time and effort into the creation of a quality site, it will pay off in the end.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Google +1 Button

The Google +1 button. Is it worth it? I always tend to jump on any new offerings from Google. They always seem to be at the forefront of search technology. I added the button to every page of all of my Directory websites, and have been monitoring them ever since. It doesn't appear that anyone is using them but me.

The +1 button is a way for visitors to say they 'Like' a specific page, so I include information in the email that is sent to the site submitter that they can locate their new listing's 'More Info' page and click the button. I just can't figure out why no one is using it.

Has anyone seen any positive feedback on this new button?

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Russians are coming..

Everyone has heard the term, "The Russians are coming.." Well, I survived the Russian attack. It turns out that my account password on the server was hacked and they were able to spread a virus to a select few of my website home pages.

It was an easy enough thing to fix, but the problem is that my FTP server software was too vulnerable. The fix involved replacing the old software with a better software, and of course, changing the password for the affected account.

I often wonder why something like this would happen. Why someone would take the time to try to spread a virus. What I have learned is the same thing that Microsoft learns on a daily basis: do your best to ensure that everything is rock solid, because there are people out there looking for a vulnerable server to atatck, just for the fun of it.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Great Features

When looking for the perfect software to create your own directory, there are a few things to consider. Since RSS feeds are so prevalent nowadays, why not find software that incorporates it? This would allow you to present the listings in a format that users could subscribe to. This also would allow you to add listings to your directory by importing an RSS feed into each category of your site.

A well written script would also allow you to import listings by having a Google and Open Directory importer. Perhaps the best software that I have found to do this is PowerSeek from Just go to the category of your choice and import the matching category from Open Directory. For Google, do a search for the term that best fits your category of choice, and import only the listings that you find best suit that category.
When you run a directory, it would be nice to have the ability to provide premium listings in each category. This would mean having a second add url script where you can provide any additional fields that submitters can use to enhance their listing, and a link to a payment page that the submitter goes to after clicking the 'submit' button. The site administrator would accept the submission only after payment is confirmed.
Another good feature would be a spam filter that would allow you to block known spammer IP addresses, block domains or block specific email addresses. In addition, the add url script should also have a verification option to avoid automated submission scripts.
These are some of the things that I have found are helpful when looking for a good directory script. More later.