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Frequently Asked Questions

Please read this list of answers to common questions about e-Bey. If you cannot find your answer here, please contact us with your questions.

  1. What are 'ranking points'?
  2. What are all the numbers and rankings next to each listing for?
  3. My site is not commercial, do I still have to pay to be included?
  4. I can't find a category that suits me. Can I suggest one?
  5. Will my listing be seen by search engines?
  6. How can I tell the free submissions from the paid submissions when viewing the directory?
  7. How do I get ranked higher in my category?
  8. What websites can be submitted to the directory?

1. What are 'ranking points'?

There are 30 listings on any category page which are ordered by ranking points, rather than alphabetically. When a listing makes a financial contribution to the directory, the money is turned in to 'points'. The listings with the most points are ranked higher in our directory. This type of ranking method differs from organic directory listing and is used by most commercial listing services. For example, the adverts next to (and often above) the organic search results in Google are ordered by who is paying the most money. We provide a bit more clarity by displaying a guideline figure actually in the results rather than behind closed doors.


2. What are all the numbers and rankings next to each listing for?

To help you get a better feel for the website that is listed we have listed some important statistical information about it. 'Backlinks' are the number of websites linking to that particular site, this indicates how popular it is. 'Indexed Pages' tells you how many pages of that website are listed in the major search engines, this indicates the level of resources/products they are likely to provide. 'Google Pagerank' demonstrates general authority of the site by number and quality of backlinks according to Google. If a website has been linked to from a .edu (university website), .gov (government website) or is listed in the Dmoz directory then these are also good indicators that the site has good content.


3. My site is not commercial, do I still have to pay to be included?

If you are a registered charity or other not-for-profit organisation then you do not have to pay to be included. Simply email your web address to us through the contact form and we will guide you through the process.


4. I can't find a category that suits me. Can I suggest one?

Yes, just use the contact form to suggest the category you want created and under what parent category along with your website address and we'll email back letting you know.


5. Will my listing be seen by search engines?

Yes. We have noarchive meta tags on most pages to avoid spammers and scrapers. Noarchive meta tags do not block search engines from viewing, indexing and following links on any page. From time to time we may install noindex/nofollow meta tags on some category pages which does block search engines from viewing those pages and following links. This is often a temporary measure: e.g. a new category page being tested or as part of a structure repair if a search engine has incorrectly indexed those pages. Most noindex/nofollow tags will only be inserted for a few days depending on the result required. If you have any questions about the tags showing on your category page please get in touch.


6. How can I tell the free submissions from the paid submissions when viewing the directory?

Any listing that has been added by our editors as a non-paying resource will only ever have 1-10 ranking points. These resources, therefore, have not paid to be part of our directory and have been added to provide a better user experience - such as charitable organisations or other useful resources where charging a fee for inclusion seems unfair or unethical.


7. How do I get ranked higher in my category?

The listings in each category are ordered by their contributions. To increase your ranking in any category simply make a further contribution until you have contributed more than the listing you wish to appear above.

Beyond the categories themselves: the front page displays the top 5 contributors, the main directory page lists the top 10 contributors and every inner page displays the top contributor in the top right hand corner.


8. What websites can be submitted to the directory?

Please see our Submissions Guidelines for information on what can be submitted and how it should be submitted.

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bey: "chieftain", traditionally applied to the leaders of small tribal groups.

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