BOTW and SEO

  • Datagg
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I just recently submitted one of my sites to BOTW to, well as all of us do to get hopefully better recognition & prominence in the engines.

Anyways, my site & company blog where excepted and placed in the ADULT category within the directory. This is what concerns me at this point. Once i received confirmation on where the site is listed based on the url provided, i noticed that tracing back the progression of the placement, there was no link on the directory page to begin to find my site, no blog....

Matter of fact, the only way to find my site, is by putting in "adult " in the search bar to "unlock" the hidden category.

So my question is, what good is my placement (paid) in this directory, if there is no visible link or path for the bots to follow my to my site from the directories main page?

Basically at this point, at least IMO I totally wasted my money for the intended purpose. Please if anyone can shed some light on this and there opinions as to what i should think, please chime in.

PS - My site is of adult nature selling adult toys and novelties. It also has lingerie on it. I would place link here, but im sure it would be construed as porn, which IMO is not.... thus not allowed to be posted....
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You are correct, we would remove the link, however it isn't necessary anyway.

I suppose my question is have you written to them and asked about this?

Just because your category is "hidden" does not necessarily mean that they don't have a sitemap in place for the engines to index it. They would be able to answer that for you I would think.
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Actually i did write them, asking them the same question... I got a reply, yet it completely dodged my question and supplied no answer to my main concern.... Maybe you can see something in it I didn't....

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Hi Dan

Thank you for contacting Best of the Web. I see that you are listed in two adult categories, which can only be accessed if you click on the adult filter. Try typing in "adult" in the search field. You'll see "Did you mean to search for "adult content". We have that filter to protect individuals who are underage and shouldn't be accessing that adult content. However, once passed the filter, the adult content is easily accessible.

If you have any other questions, or if I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I am happy to help.

Thank you for choosing Best of the Web - We appreciate your business!

Cordially,

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i wrote back after the above to try to get a more detailed response, yet 2 days later nothing....
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Post 3+ Months Ago

It does sound like you may have lost on this one. I am assuming the fee you paid is only for the "review", so they may not even grant a refund, but it might be worth asking for one, and that may get their attention.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

See if things are any different using Google Translate as a proxy. Sometimes sites will show hidden categories if the referer/network the request comes from is Google, which if you translate the site from any language to the language you want using Translate, will be Google.

If I still couldn't find it I would chargeback the card and quit wasting time talking to them if they're already dodging questions and taking days to respond.
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Google at least indexed the "hidden" directory. I didn't check other engines. just type botw.org/adult into google search.

I did find it interesting that they don't appear to have a sitemap.xml or a robots.txt file in their root directory.

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