I wrote before how I’m currently compiling a listing of Irish consumer websites given the large number that are popping up all over the place at the moment. The current listing is here for the moment.
One thing I’m noticing though is that there’s a large number of directory websites – just providing listings of businesses.
Here’s an example of how I think that it’s getting out of control – a new venture called ShopIn.ie who have registered over 140 domain names to create directories to “promote every business in Ireland”.
I’m sorry – but in these straightened times, businesses will do well if they provide a service or product that people want – not if they have their names in a myriad of interelated website directories.
Does anyone actually use a directory website these days? If you’re searching for a business or a service, do you refer to a directory result in Google, or the website of the business themselves. Or am I just being biased against businesses that don’t have websites?
Do these web directories provide any useful service these days over and above what Google can do for us?