Contest Clue #23 – 1CoolFile Blog Directory

March 30, 2008 - Written by Gyutae Park  

This clue is for an additional entry into the Craziest Internet Marketing Contest You’ve Ever Seen – a HUGE contest now with over $14,575 in some insane prizes. Winners will be selected by random draw on April 2 so get in now!

And now for the 23rd clue of the contest… 1CoolFile.

Performing these actions will give you 1 extra entry for the contest.

Clue #23 – 1CoolFile Blog Directory

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am not a big fan of blog directories for link building purposes. Not only do they provide no real SEO value but no one really uses them to find what they need. Regardless, Steve McGrath of 1CoolFile is sponsoring a $100 review here on Winning the Web. 1CoolFile could use a lot of improvement, but you can help Steve out by submitting your blog to his directory free.

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The action is this:

Submit your blog to 1CoolFile free (or if you’d like, he has paid packages as well. The site could use a lot of work – leave a comment here for Steve with a suggestion for improvement.

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29 Responses to “Contest Clue #23 – 1CoolFile Blog Directory”

Michael Heindel on March 30th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

My suggestion would be to get rid of the interstil advertising. It is very distracting and doesn’t belong on a non-content website such as a blog search site.

Michael

 
Michael Heindel on March 30th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

I just noticed, that one of the interstil ads is even replacing one of your links. Chart: Blogs goes to Webcrawler instead of your internal link.

Michael

 
Lori on March 30th, 2008

I agree with Michael 100%! Way too busy and a little confusing. For people with little patience, it’s a place they would quickly pass by.

Submitted.

 
Steve McGrath on March 30th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Done! I just removed it.

Just to be clear here,I don’t agree with Gyutae about the SEO benefit of directories. He has his opinion and I have mine. Now, in my case, 1 Cool File is both a file and blog directory/marketplace. You can check my own blog McGrath Dot Ca. I use all field for those that want to use it. If you do reviews, it’s another options for you.

A part from my own blog there, some blogs have a PR4(older ones) on their listing but don’t use the “anchor text” option to the fullest(new). That’s more SEO for them if used.

Again, thanks for the feedback.

 
The Little League Coach on March 30th, 2008

This was a little to complicated for me to subscribe to. I really don’t have the time to figure it out based on the little bit of benefit it might provide.

The Little League Coach

 
Mike on March 30th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Wow.. that was a painful experience. Ugh! Did it but barely.

 
Jason on March 30th, 2008

Ya…I started submitting and then finally just exited the site. I’ll submit my blog when I have more time, lol. Hopefully tomorrow.

 
Meethere on March 31st, 2008

I submitted my site.

@steve – get some cool banner, current one is not great.

 
Gerri on March 31st, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Took a look at the site and it just wasn’t my cup of tea so I will be passing on this one.

 
Tom Beaton on March 31st, 2008

Painful for sure. Wont be doing that again next year.

 
Alex on March 31st, 2008

Done – but I have to agree with previous posters – way too complicated and busy.

 
California Web Design on March 31st, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Submission done. How about not have that glaring red text and a more easy way to submit blogs… lol!

Just suggestions you might need a design overhall too. Good luck aLL!

 
Mike on March 31st, 2008

Seperate input screen should be done for Blogs vs. software. Many of the options are for software and not applicable.

 
K-IntheHouse on March 31st, 2008

Added ShanKrila.com to teh directory. It definitely could use some CSS makeover and I second Mike about separating the blog/software submission. It could definitely confuse the ont-so-techie publishers.

 
Steve McGrath on March 31st, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Thanks for the feedbacks!

Now, I will make a deal with everyone here until tomorrow(end of contest).

Just submit your blog and leave a small comment here and your listing will not expire(life). The comment must be original. I don’t want a ” I agree with X”. I already have that feedback 😉

I can’t do nothing about the submission right away. So please, read the tutorial. It will help greatly. Hint: use the “Blog Directory” for the main category. Then, you will have access to 160 sub categories. Your blog can have more than one.

Question: I have over 6900 software that were added. Are you telling me that bloggers are not intelligent and can’t read? Please, don’t tell me it’s true!

Michael Heindel : What charts?

Alex: What is busy? Which screens? When you enter the information?

Meethere: Are you talking about the 125×125 with the text under logo?

Mike: That’s what I was thinking but themes and plugins programmers/bloggers will have to use a different screen in that case.

Looking forward to your feedbacks and answers

On a side note: You would not believe how many try to spam the directories. 🙁 I don’t want your blogs to be flooded

 
Tom on March 31st, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Added.
Definitely agree with everyone. The adverts on the site are just terrible. Please rearrange or color code them better.

 
Carol on April 1st, 2008

Now very user friendly. After about 10 minutes of searching, I gave up adding my blog listing to the site. I kept going back to the FAQ’s and find the commerical keyword ads annoying.

Would love to try the site but its too confusing to find the free listing.

Carol on April 1st, 2008

Found it! Finally got register and listed on the site. Not a fun site to navagate through.

 
 
wisdom on April 1st, 2008

site is difficult to navigate, requires too much scrolling. most directories i have seen only require a few simple clicks.

 
Louis Liem on April 1st, 2008

I guess I’ll skip…

 
Andrew Pavelski on April 1st, 2008

I’d definitely get rid of the Kontera intext advertising and make the links above the header more attractive. To be honest, they look pretty spammy.

Steve McGrath on April 1st, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

I removed Kontera for now. I hope that Adsense will be click more to compensate for that lost. 😉

I replaced the top header links(those unused by advertisers) with more useful softwares for bloggers/sites owners. It’s softwares that I started to use myself(wow!). If anyone here are serious about making money online, those are worthy investment when you get some cash. 😀

For the look and how to add a blog, I heard you and will be taking steps to change it for making it easier for bloggers.

Thanks to all for the feedback. The offer end tonight to get a lifetime link.

 
 
Carl Thomas on April 1st, 2008

That may be the worst laid out directory I have ever submitted. But lets see!

Steve McGrath on April 1st, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Please use a real email or I will be force to delete your just bapproved blog.

It may be “worst laid out directory” for now but I still don’t accept invalid email. 😉

 
 
Steve McGrath on April 1st, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Is everyone here use All in One SEO Pack(WordPress only)?

It may make your job easier later on my directory and other directories that extract some metadata.

 
Santosh P on April 1st, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

not a fan of dir, but just submitted//

 
Shotgun35 on April 2nd, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

I submitted mine the other day, but I didn’t like much of anything about the site (although I see it is improving with the previous suggestions, which is always a positive). It seemed to be very difficult for me to actually submit my blog. It was also very cluttered, which has since been fixed.

Another problem I had was that I was viewing it on my father’s computer with 800X640 resolution and I couldn’t find the login at all with it being on a right sidebar. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned (I knew one day I’d say that even though I’m still in my early 20s), but a login halfway down the page, on the right (which I had to scroll over to b/c of the resolution) completely threw me off.

 
Steve McGrath on April 2nd, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

If some of you can do a software review(did a few on your blog), please contact me on 1 Cool File and add your blog if not done.

I will address some issues about directories:
1- Submitting to directories give you links(a link is a link)
2- Yes, it’s not fun on any of them but your must do it
3- Use the anchor text options if available
4- Some will give you traffic and some don’t

Thank you all for the feedback and to Carol B. who won the review.

 
Binh Nguyen on April 16th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

I see, What I said 4 months ago now come to publicly realized. This site in overall is too complicated to be a blog directory and it really need a redesign.

 
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