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Unique & Common Takeaways from top 19 Local Directories of the USA

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One of the frequently asked questions in our helpdesk is, “Can I get to see some of the directory site references?”. Ideally we thought user want to make sure whether the theme really works? But recently we asked specifically to all users a reason for asking reference site. 90% of the users replied for NEW IDEAS.

Hence for you all, I created this article where we I have jot down list post of 19 local directories of the USA. There are many unique and common takeaways from each of them.

Directory concept as an online business is not only successful but could be converted to into mega success.

With baby steps of local directory site sky is the limit to define the success of a Directory Site.

Since the Yellow Pages began hitting doorsteps in 1886, being listed in a local business directory has been an effective and affordable way for businesses to reach consumers in their area.

Here is a list of 19 local USA directories. The most common strategy these directory runs is providing free listings for an initial period that could be one month to three months. Let’s take a look how they monetized it.

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Customer Story: How Eat Drink Seek Helps People Of UK To Find The Food & Drink Festivals

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We had the pleasure of talking to Jamie Knop, who co-owns Eat Drink Seek along with Mike Payton. Eat Drink Seek is a beautiful event directory of UK that helps people find food and drink festivals near them. The co-owner of the website, Jamie Knop was kind enough to take some time out to share his experience on creating a food and drink festivals’ directory.

The website is based on the Events WordPress theme by Templatic and is a good example of how you can use it to get creative and craft a website of your dreams.

Eat Drink Seek has a great design – with cheerful colors and thoughtful positioning of the screen elements to maximize user interaction with the website. Moreover, it is user friendly so that the visitors can find the place of their interest without wasting their precious time.

We asked some questions to Jamie, and here are his answers and views as he tells us about his journey to create the food and drink directory website for UK.

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10 Ways to Monetize a Directory Website

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Starting a successful directory website is a huge undertaking. You don’t have to spend more than a few minutes searching the web to find a long list of directory sites that were clearly started with a flash of motivation yet quickly died out just as quickly.

It’s sad but true. There are many directory websites out there that look like they had real potential if only someone had stuck with them long enough to generate results and ROI.

The problem is that too many people start looking for ROI before they’ve actually invested any serious time or effort into the project. If visitors sense that your site is about little more than making a quick buck, there’s a good chance they’ll disappear in a flash and never come back.

One of the great things about directory websites is that there are so many different ways to monetize them. That said, monetization isn’t something you want to jump into too quickly — especially when you’re content is still thin. Our last few posts have been about the importance of creating high-quality content before anything else and I’d recommend you read those posts first.

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How to Find Content Ideas for Your Directory Website

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Not to long ago we wrote a post that discussed the importance of creating engaging content for your directory website. This is a point that we can’t belabour enough. If you want to create a successful directory website, you’ll have to create content that provides value to your visitors. The directory is important but it’s the content that draws people in and keeps them coming back. Content is also what will help you rank for crucial keywords that attract traffic.

As you sit down to work on your content strategy, one of the first questions you’ll be asking is:

“What kind of content are my visitors searching for?”

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4 Inbound Marketing Strategies for Your WordPress Directory Website

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Once you’ve installed WordPress, purchased a theme and spent some time getting things set up just the way you like, it’s time to start thinking about marketing. We both know that generating income from your website will require traffic. The question is: What is the easiest way to attract visitors to your website?

While there is no tried and true perfect answer, inbound marketing is a great place to start. The ideal inbound marketing tactics will be different for every website. If you understand the different options that are available, you can start putting together some specific ideas — experimenting until you figure out what works best for your business.

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Before buying any directory theme…

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When you are going to create a global directory site, it requires a lot of planning in choosing the right tools and solutions for it!

The most important things that you should look for is not just the design or even maps but the things that you will require after building up your site to serve your business purpose.

While deciding and comparing themes to make up your mind, knowing the motive behind the theme creation and on what base it has been created helps a lot in reaching to your decision.

Templatic has pioneered the directory kind of theme in the market with the theme GeoPlaces. And taking this legacy further, Directory theme has been created on the base of the real suggestions and feedback of real users who have been using these kinds of sites and make money out of it. So, here are some points that you should look upon before buying any directory theme.

Really Global?

Global site requires lot of things which are not required by the normal sites.

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It: 5 Ways to Promote Your Content and Grow Your Audience

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We’ve published a few posts recently about the importance of creating content for your website. It doesn’t matter whether you’re running a directory, vacation rental or eCommerce website, content will play a key role in your ability to attract new visitors. The objective could be one of many things — boosting product sales, enticing advertisers or establishing yourself as an authoritative source in your niche.

Since you’re here reading this, let’s assume that you already understand all that. But unfortunately, creation is only one-half of the battle. The other half involves promotion. You need to make sure that your target audience actually sees what you’re publishing, or really, what’s the point?

In this post, we’re going to cover five ways to promote what you publish. Making sure that the time and effort you’re putting into creating valuable content does not go to waste.

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Want to Create an Online Directory? First, Think About How Your Can Define and Serve Your Audience

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Last week we talked about a few of the features of our most popular theme, Directory, that we believe make it the best WordPress directory theme on the market. The most important of which is our commitment to continual improvement and adding new functionality via plugins.

We receive a lot of questions about both the technical and practical aspects of launching a successful website using our Directory theme. This post will be the first in a series that center around that exact topic.

One of the things we mentioned last week was the importance of planning. Our Directory theme has a lot of functionality built into it. So much in fact, that if you try to build a site without having a clear direction of where you’re going, you might find yourself off course rather quickly.

To help you with the planning process we’re going to cover two important questions you need to answer before getting started. Let’s take a closer look:

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6 Ways to double your Business Directory Site Traffic

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Traffic is so easy to get only when we know what is that people are looking for out there!

All you have to do is provide people with a solution to their problem and they will come and they will share it with their friends! To get maximum traffic to your directory site we recommend following top 6 methods adapt by thousands of other online directory site owners.

1.  Content Marketing

Content marketing should be your ultimate goal in marketing. Meaningful content will help users find what they are looking for.  But in the beginning this can be difficult because you probably won’t have many listings. So you have to get creative and make your own content.  Here are some ideas:

  • Start a blog on your website and start blogging about the industry your WordPress directory will serve offer tips and resources, I.e., If your directory is about restaurants, you can write about food.
  • Share a story about a successful business who considers marketing online through social media and various directories. People these days like stories over facts.
  • Make slideshows and put them on social media with links back to your WordPress website

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