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Links are an important part of SEO strategy. While, most of us are already aware of its significance, it sometimes gets difficult to acquire a list of high quality websites related to our industry. Tweaking Google directory listings may resolve this problem.
By default, Google directory offers listings based on Page Rank, but these groupings may not include every major website. For example, if someone runs an antique furniture shop and wants to look for top ranking websites in categories related to antique furniture, they may locate most websites but still miss a few important ones. In order to tackle this problem, it is wise to query for your desired term in the Google directory which automatically provide a list of all related categories where websites pertinent to your intended query may reside.
Here is a screen shot of a typical query for antique furniture. Notice how related websites may reside in different categories. By clicking on each category, webmasters can cherry pick the highest rank websites in their industry. Also, these categories may provide additional links.
To evaluate the significance of finding high quality links by using this technique, consider 20th link for the query on antique furniture. As of writing, it is Recreation > Antique > Directories. Some of the directories listed under this category are high ranking websites that may be important to link building from an antique supplier’s perspective. Without querying and looking past the first page, it would be difficult to guess that there are relevant high ranking pages hidden under Recreation category.