After adding a website to brownbook.net and then claiming the business, It has not yet been indexed by google, and 2 months has passed.

I am newish to SEO and have worked out to check the robots.txt / nofollow / and meta tag no index, as well as working out post rendered java script link filling, yet brownbook seems good for a dofollow.


  • Here's the problem in a one liner 36,232,778 businesses listed. Nov 1, 2016 at 18:47
  • @SimonHayter Damned interesting point! Straight to the heart of the matter. Is John rubbing off on you? He cracks me up with his succinct comments that are aimed like arrows. This is so Johnesk. Cheers!!
    – closetnoc
    Nov 1, 2016 at 19:52
  • In the end the listing did get indexed. It just took a long time.
    – Mark
    Nov 27, 2016 at 0:30

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Generally speaking, Google does not like directory sites too much. Some perhaps. However, most are generally either low quality or spammy or even replicated information that can be found everywhere. For back link building, using directory sites is not recommended. This was all the rage way back when. But not today and should be generally avoided.

Create organic inbound links (back links) from higher quality content sites with links preferably in the content itself or immediately following the content. Do not go for the low hanging fruit that anyone can do for themselves. You will simply be another sheep in the herd. Do not be a sheep. Be a wolf.

Please remember that many SEO sites are junk. Why? Because too many are parroting content with no real research. They are designed as "me too" sites trying to carve out a segment of the SEO pie. Many repeat bad advice and too many have old advice that were trends that will get you into trouble. Keep in mind that most SEOs are not technical people and do not understand search and the technologies behind search and therefore cannot understand the nature of a search engine. Always look for the best information out there, not advice, that is within the past year or so. Not older posts and not sites that repeat what everyone else says. These are the guys that tell you to create links using directories. Stay away from these sites. Please.

When in doubt, ask here before doing anything. We are real experts and can point you in the right direction.

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