Directories and SEO
Directories can be a fantastic format for search engine optimization. Directories can be custom pages with / without Google mapping, or pre-made scripts integrated into a website. Directories allow you to add listings that will dynamically generate page titles and custom text; just like a simple web page. If the directory is a unique fit into your website; such as construction ‘Do It Yourself’ web site with contractor listings, the relevant entries could be a reason for web surfers to bookmark your site. As a general rule; a bigger, better informative site receives better, more targeted traffic.
There are many, many directories available for a fee, or for free. Some are stand-alone scripts while others are extensions, modules or plugins for content management systems. Thje scripts come in various server-side languages using a database like php/mysql or apsx.net / msSQL.
Many directories have a backend that will keep track of web hits. On the other hand, the database may have a column in a table which tracks web hits. Analyzing traffic from a time to time will demonstrate how your directory traffic is functioning.