Okay promoting your website online can be a headache right? There are many questions we are asking ourselves. Which Australian directories promote your website the best? Which online Australian directory allows the best configuration for connecting with regional customers?
Sometimes it depends on the business your run. There is very little point in promoting a hyper-local business globally. For example,a local dog walking business may see no value in promoting themselves through a Global Business Directory Such as http://www.webworldindex.com/.
So to help you think through the issues of where to link we recommend focusing on:
Tips for Directory Listings
- Associate Locations with your Business (even if global)
- Associate Business, Product and Service Terms with your Website & Website Description
- Try to define your business in the most rigorous way, this means complete & Diverse categorization, Tags & Keywords.
Oh and a final point will be don’t forget to submit your actual URL (Uniform Resource Locator), otherwise known as the website address. It’s such a common occurrence and common means all of you efforts were for nothing.
Ersatz is a unique Australian Business Directory which allows for a high degree of localisation for Australian Businesses (Big and Small). Our Inter-active map encourages customers to explore local business solutions to support their local community.
If you haven’t submitted to the Ersatz Australian Directory yet, now is the time.
How to Complete Directory Submission
1) Sign up
2) Selecting Directory Package Type (If unsure check our directory packages)
3) Go to your Email: Find an email from our Directory Administrator
4) Login and Click to Add: Add a Australian Business Listing to the Directory
5) Add Listing Details: remember to Tick the Category and Location Tick boxes
6) Customise your Australian Business Listing: Resonate with the products and services you offer. Use SEO Principles
7) Add Location Information: and push ‘Find Location’ to pin it to the map.
8) Remember add Website URL: And Telephone numbers.
9) The Final Step: Submit for Peer Review by Directory Administrator.
As we always want to promote Australian Businesses this week we bring you 5 business which service the Arts Industries. These services operate from Sydney to Queensland and Country Wide. .
If you think some of their services are for you we encourage you to give them a go.
Want to be in a list like this? Submit now
In an effort to reduce spam and ensure that this Australian Business Review Directory is only for Australian’s we have started to block domains from other countries and employ anti-spam tactics.
If for some reason when attempting to signup you are presented with the text:
Email, Domain, or Ip banned from registration.
It means that your email domain is most likely not on our whitelist. Simply send us your email in the contact from with the heading “EMAIL NOT ACCEPTED”. We can personally activate your account and domain.
Just starting out in your online business? Can’t afford a whole unique domain and hosting. We now are accepting submissions for Aussie Business reviews with Facebook Pages (as your main point of business contact).
We have decided to include these into our directory because not all business, particularly those local businesses do not have a unique website or the extra finances to run a website.
So those out there just starting in business can get a helping hand by submitting to our Aussie Business Directory.
In the modern world, we are surrounded by programming logic dividing up the minutia, sub-dividing our online and offline worlds.
The emergence of digitally embedded algorithms has given us the ability to command vast processes and volumes of information. It’s quite an impressive feat for humanity, we have increased and enhanced our agency.
But in one sense, has it limited our ability to know?
If we take the example of the Google Search Algorithm, a finely tuned tool to assist in displaying web search results.
Google update schedule is a fast one, always attempting to be ahead of Black Hat SEO manipulators of the algorithm to deliver un-tampered results.
Yet this is a global cloak and dagger industry racing for the newest manipulation of the algorithm to turn a profit.
And enter the human. The algorithm is written by humans for computers for humans. And the capabilities of algorithms to effectively reduce problem fields has been of constant debate and philosophizing.
With the maxim garbage in = garbage out, there will always be the human to encompass the greater context and provide an over-arching editorial control.
So while Google may find itself, battling the unfavored grey economy of paid link directories, they are simultaneously relying on human reviews to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Ersatz Australian Directory, is human edited and reviewed. With a community and arts focus we provide an new opportunity for humans to engage, review and discover local content and services.
As you may well know, the key to achieving the best search engine rankings and therefore capture the best property for your business is to have lots of inbound links. Inbound links are important for improving your search engine ranking, especially links from authoritative, high quality websites.
Directories come in all shapes and sizes. Some are pretty ugly as you may see from the list below. Our Directory, Ersatz is attempting to provide a different Online Australian Directory experience with a focus on useful social, cultural and political websites, businesses.
Ersatz is also allowing you to take a geographical perspective to engage with what is around you. I have taken some time to review a list of web directories where Australian businesses can be listed.
The highlighted web directories provide a listing for free, and importantly, the free web directory listing allows you to include a link to your website, rather than just your contact details. Free Web Directories that let you include a link to your website
Web Directory Name
Web Directory Address
|DMOZ||http://www.dmoz.org/||Large human edited web directory, very slow and painstakingly out of date.|
|Google Places (formerly the Local Business Centre)||www.google.com.au/lbc||This shows a map of where your business is located in Google search results. Great for traditional business but not for all type as Google’s map search is inefficient.|
|Ersatz Australian Directory||www.ersatz.com.au||I love Ersatz! For obvious reasons To improve your search engine results, add product listings using your keywords in the name of the products.|
|Yahoo Directory||http://dir.yahoo.com/||Free listing available but no guarantee of how long it will take to be approved.|
|True Local||www.truelocal.com.au||Free listing with a link to your website.|
|Aussie Web||www.aussieweb.com.au||Free listing with a link to your website.|
|Directory Australia||www.directoryaustralia.com.au||Free listing with a link to your website.|
|Brownbook||www.brownbook.net||Free listing with a link to your website.|
|Yalwa||www.yalwa.com.au||Free listing with a link to your website.|
Free web directories that include a link to your website, provided you add a reciprocal link back to the directory.
Reciprocal links, are really a bit of a trade off, they are time consuming and usually take more than they give.
Here are my comments about how some of the other web directories perform:
- www.ausdict.org Free listing but must provide a reciprocal link back using their code. The process was tedious and I gave up.
- www.dlook.com.au Free listing does not include URL link, out of date and overcharged services.
- www.websights.net.au Paid options only, small businesses – limted application.
- www.clickfind.com.au Paid options only.
- www.web-directory-australia.info Paid listings only, has failed to respond to my emails and server has been responding ‘500’ for some time now.
Directories are changing all the time, I think the one that delivers the best is a human centered one. So please check out ersatz and if you see any other new fun and interesting Australian web directories out there please contact me.
The internet can be a complicated place, understanding how trans-formative it really can be for you business is a little like pulling one thread on your old woolen jumper. Keep pulling long enough and the whole thing will unravel in your hands.
It important to think about how business makes the translation from offline to online.Three principles that will assist your growth if you apply them to all of your endeavors are:
Using these principles you can begin to engage online. In the networked world which shuns older hegemonic principles you want to be able to conduct your business with pride and maintain sustainable operations.
The following is list of ways to promote your online business:
1. Use the Big 3 Listing Services
Register for Google Places, Yahoo! Local and Bing’s Business Services
2. Embrace social media
A faster, more transparent set of communication tools. Find the platform which resonates with what it is you actually do.
3. Start Producing your Story
The process of legitimising your business activities by illustrating how much you contribute to the community. If your business adds value to the community’s well being there should be no reason you can’t talk about it (in any media form e.g. video, animation Etc.)
4. SEO your company website
Search engine optimization cannot be underestimated in the world of constant Googling. Pick up a book or head over to an online how-to-guide on SEO and make sure your site is primed for performance on search engines.
5. Public Listings and Promotional Press releases
Every time someone places there eye on any piece of information related to your business you are gaining branding and exposure. Ersatz Australian Directory is an example of one such channel where you are provided a platform to gain exposure – relative to your location. Location based listings are a powerful media tool to use to help generate publicity and leads.
Free exposure and free distribution of your business information is a bonus. Free and paid directory listings are but a better value form of press releases which provide a similar services of exposure and distribution for a significant cost. There are dozens of websites out there that you can use for your press releases, such as PRLog and 24/7 Press Release.
At times with all the crazy ‘internet talk’ going around people who are not glued in to the web often find it a little difficult to understand the benefits of link building.
As Ersatz Australian Directory provides a unique Australian directory, particularly one with a community focus it may be beneficial for you to use Ersatz to assist in building links to your site.
Ersatz is a unique directory which filters and edits content to deliver trusted valuable links and therefore is an ideal way to grow your website.
Link Building as a way to build your presence
Link Building, is a term used by those in the internet marketing industry to describe the process of building many inbound hyper-links (links from external web pages pointing to your website) from a variety of sources to improve your website performance.
Link building is used by search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. Having a diverse range of a links coming to your site is a great way to build your online popularity by achieving better search ranking and a higher ‘online presence’.
List of Benefits:
1. Improved search engine rankings
2. Improve the index rate of your website
3. Boost your keyword relevancy
4. Provide new traffic
5. An afford able way to boost the rate of growth of your website.
Ersatz is concerned with delivering quality growth for your website community project or otherwise.
You can submit to Ersatz Australian Directory Free.
It has been bought to my attention that people cannot always find their login email.
Just a reminder that for some people it may have redirected the email to your spam folder. I have been making efforts to ensure that this does not continue into the future but for the time begin you may have to find the email there.
How do I check the Spam folder?
It differs for each provider but generally your spam will be located in a separate folder to your inbox. The image below illustrates how to check gmail for spam.
As you can see we are slowly getting it all up and running and I thank you for your patience. For a limited time at the moment we are accepting ANY TYPE of links, so if you are a small business (or even a large one) we are have a limited run for free listings. Obviously, only Australian and Torres Strait Islands Related websites at present.
What we offer:
- A unique way to promote the smaller parts of our community
- A new way to geographically engage with cultural events
- Connect with social justice group, charities and other important civic events in your local area.
- Australian Websites
- Anything Cultural (Art Studios, Installations, Performances)
- Community, Civic, Political Websites
- Environmental, Health and Business Websites
- Immigrant, Education and many more.
I look forward to hearing from you all.