Monday, June 1, 2009

Spread The Word – Part 3: Other Directories

So far in this series, we’ve covered blog directories and social bookmarking sites.  In this article, we will look at a four other directories available to us.  Some of these will require approval in order to be listed.  An explanation of each, along with instructions on how to submit your blog, follows.

Networked Blogs

Networked Blogs is actually a blog directory of sorts, but I didn’t include it in Part 1, partly because I forgot.  Evidentially my intuition got to me, making me forget, as this is not a traditional blog directory.  Instead, it’s an application inside Facebook, so in order to use it, you will need a Facebook account.

This link will take you to the Facebook Fan Page for Networked Blogs, where you can also access the application.  Once you have installed the application you can add your blog(s).

  1. Click on the Add a New Blog button.
  2. Fill in the information and click Next.
  3. Follow the instructions to verify that you are the author.

Now you are listed in the Networked Blogs directory.  Start by inviting friends to follow your blog.  Once you have seven followers, Networked Blogs will pull in your blog’s feed, which you can then publish to your Facebook wall/profile.  It’s a powerful application and has many other features, which I encourage you to explore.

Cyndi’s List

Most genealogists are aware of Cyndi’s List, which is a listing of online genealogy resources.  This is a great place to add your GYR blog(s).

To submit your blog, head over to this link, read the guidelines, then fill out the form.  Your blog will be stored on the site as “uncategorized” until Cyndi is able to place a permanent link under a category.  But know that it is still searchable while uncategorized.

Linkpendium

Linkpendium is similar to Cyndi’s List.  It’s a huge directory of genealogy links, broken down by location (USA) and Surname.  Many of our GYR blogs are locality-specific, so this is a great place to submit them.

To submit your blog:

  1. Visit Linkpendium’s home page.
  2. Navigate to the appropriate state and county.
  3. Navigate to the “Cemetery” category within the county.
  4. Click on the Add your favorite Websites to this page link.
  5. Enter the URL and a description of your blog.
  6. Click the Submit button.

If your blog covers multiple counties, submit it to each county.

WorldGenWeb

Many genealogists are familiar with the GenWeb projects.  The highest level is WorldGenWeb, which is then broken down by continents, countries, states, and counties.  The project is dedicated to providing genealogical and historical resources for genealogists.  This is a great place to submit your blogs.

You’ll want to start at WorldGenWeb and navigate to the lowest level, in many cases, a county.  Find the site owner’s email link and send an email asking them to include your blog on their site.  Provide a brief description so they can include it with the link.

Again, if your blog covers multiple places, submit it to each one.

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Do you know of other directory-type places we can submit our GYR blogs to for inclusion?  If so, please share them with us by leaving a comment.

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