The old blog was formatted with posts by date, that was when the freshness of the post mattered. The most recent data was most important. It still works for some sites, like a news feed. Now, more sites are about content, content curation specifically. The date is still part of that, but not the focus. (Note: I'm not for removing dates from posts because I want to know the post I'm reading isn't years old or no longer relevant). It's time sites were content focused, not date focused. Put your content first and show your posts in the format of an article directory. Sort them by topic and subtopic. Show them that way on your main site. Save people from searching your site for relevant content, bring it to the top for them instead. Not every site still adds search and this is a mistake if your posts are organized by date first and category in the sidebar, maybe. You are leaving people to find information from your site in a hit and miss way. Why? Isn't the point of your site to provide information and resources? Every site should have a claim to fame, tell people who you are and why you are a resource in your niche or topic. Then comes the actual information, or the product you are selling. Make it easy for people to get there. Article directories were on the right track but it's not about syndicating your content to other sites or bringing in other people to speak for you. Speak up for yourself. Source: Article Marketing: Why I’m Starting My Own Article Directory . . . and You Should Too | Inkwell Editorial : Inkwell Editorial There are good points in here, things I have been thinking myself. But, not for an article directory of content from other people but my own. The best two points from this post (link above) are controlling your own content and how it is shown (if it is shown at all) and showcasing your content to build your own authority in the topic. Of the two I think building your own authority in your niche is the most important. Share links but stop giving your content away for free.
Category: "Content Curation"
The first two points are the best, I think. A niche has a better chance these days. Think content curation. Actually, think content curation for the second point too. You should build more than a bundle of links. Content curation is about showcasing great links and adding more to them. Create a whole package presentation around the niche. Don't stop at listing sites. Write about the niche. This could be interviews with the very people who run the sites you want to list in the directory. How smart is that? Not only are you building your authority, learning more about the niche but you are far more likely to sell links (or make money from ads) if you have something people actually want and can't find elsewhere.
Source: What Makes a Good Web Directory, and Why Google Penalized Dozens of Bad Ones - Moz
- Start with a Niche - Find a topic you're seriously passionate about, from birds to routers to online clothing merchants.
- Don't Just Make a Directory - Put great content about your subject on the site: blog posts, articles, tools, resource lists, charts, diagrams, investigative journalism, etc.
- Offer to Review Sites in Your Niche - But, for goodness sake, only include them if you'd really, honestly endorse them.
- Provide a Reason Why They're Listed - Imagine a fellow hobbyist or researcher in your topic of interest in real life - if you couldn't sit down with that person at a table and show them on your laptop why you included a particular site, DON'T include it.
- Don't Offer Gimmicks or Link Juice - Offer listings on a site that real people who are really interested in your topic read and use and enjoy. If you start down the path of selling links for search engine value, you've lost your way. It can always be a secret side benefit, and plenty of folks who'll come to you for links will be thinking about it, but if you want to be truly immune to any future penalties or devaluations, you can't make it a focus.