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Microsoft Small Business Directory
|Description:||The Microsoft Small Business Directory is large, clean and well categorized. The directory that bears Microsoft's name seems to be operated by bCentral, an organization that is somewhat separate from Microsoft.|
|What you get:||
|PageRank Value:||The Directory main page has a PageRank of 6.
Your links are displayed on PageRanks ranging from 0 to 5. Your links will most likely be on a PR4 or PR3 page. Plan your categories / link pages ahead of time. Choose your categories carefully as the new links get added at the end. You can choose a high level category that is crowded and end up on page 10 (PR0), although links on page 10 are still indexed by Google and Yahoo.
The fact that Microsoft owns the directory
means that you would expect traffic galore.
Microsoft has launched its own search "engine" and
will push to compete with (crush) Google.
|Cost:||$49 for 1 site
$99 for 3 sites
$299 for 10 sites
|Sites Not Allowed:||Gambling, adult and pharmaceuticals are the major groups of sites not allowed, but there are others. Don't get fooled into thinking that because they have a category with listings means that they accept those listings. I for one was fooled. They do have a 15,000 word Terms of Service document. The fact that they expect busy people to read this document is proof that there are way too many lawyers at Microsoft.|
|Approval Time:||Links are approved very fast. I had a 1 site approved within hours and I received a reply on another the same day (on a Saturday).|
|Recommendation:||The Microsoft Small Business Directory is strongly recommended for anyone that is in the market for paid advertising. Your may not get a lot of traffic, at least for now, but the link value more than pays for the price of admission.|
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