To paraphrase an old adage: Nothing worth having comes for free.
We have all seen the numerous directory submission sites which will for a small fee add your site to hundreds of web directories thereby supplying you with "valuable" backlinks.
Typically, the directories that they submit to have no credibility with search engines.
I have also noted that many of these directories are simply used as lead lists for foreign companies - meaning that once your site is submitted they use the contact information to aggressively spam you.
This way when you check the listing you see it has been viewed "x" number of times - indicating that the directory users are interested in what you are offering.
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