Over the past few years we've discovered that there is often confusion about submitting one's blog to blog directories and what to expect from that tedious job. The question came up once again this week from someone who had purchased our blog directory submission service to over 200 blog directories.
I signed up for your offer to be put into 200+ blogs. How do I know if my blogs are showing up? I get google alerts for my blogs and receive them. I thought I'd get notice of my blogs from the blog sites you signed me up with.
First, by "blogs" we assume you mean "blog posts." Second, Google Alerts are based on keywords so you will get alerts that are relevant to those keywords you set up.
Now for the meat of the question, here's our answer:
A blog directory does not index individual blog posts. Search engines do that.
A directory is a list of sites with links to the site and a short description. When people search in the directory, they get a list of sites, not posts. Here's a definition from Wikipedia:
A web directory is not a search engine, and does not display lists of web pages based on keywords, instead it lists web sites by category and subcategory. The categorization is usually based on the whole web site, rather than one page or a set of keywords, and sites are often limited to inclusion in only one or two categories.
Today submission of websites to web directories is considered as a common SEO (search engine optimization) technique to get vital back-links for the submitted web site.
The statement above reflects why we recommend listing your blog in the blog directories. It's a one time task that will provide link back to your site.
Search engines like Google, index all the content on your blog based on keywords. Writing frequent, keyword-rich content alerts the search engines to index your site more frequently and gives your site a better chance of being found by people doing searches on your keywords.
Information about The Blog Squad's Blog Directory Submission Service is here.