Tuesday, April 03, 2007
RIP Microsoft bCentral SubmitIt DirectoryYesterday Microsoft announced the end of their bCentral business directory product and said they'd shelve the product in order to preserve links for all of its existing customers. bCentral was a directory submission staple oldskool seo firms used for link building and directory submission campaigns and thankfully that era is coming to an end. Blogs are now all the rage when it comes to getting backlinks and whether we call it link baiting or link swapping or just plain ol publicity, it's all the same game, get your links on sites that can boost your pagerank. Here's what Microsoft had to say about the retirement.
On May 18th 2007 Microsoft will retire its Submit It! service... existing Submit It! customers are being offered a way to retain their Small Business Directory listings, for free, through 2008... Effective 3:00pm Pacific Daylight Time on May 18th 2007, you will no longer be able to log into and access the Submit It! service. The service’s site preparation and optimization tools, directory submittal, and reporting services will be decommissioned and any data associated with these service components will be permanently deleted from Microsoft servers. If you want to preserve any reporting information please log into the Member Center to do so before the service end date.
Here's where it gets funny though, they're going to keep the directory around so you can still reap the benefits of all those high quality links (snickering~).
the bCentral™ Small Business Directory will be retired. In its place, we are offering existing Submit It! customers and others who currently have bCentral Small Business Directory listings a free, grandfathered listing in the new Microsoft Small Business Directory. While we will be preserving the present directory’s link friendliness and search ranking value, slight changes will be made in the way the directory appears to the public and how you may alter your listing...On May 18th 2007 when the Submit It! service ends, the bCentral Small Business Directory will be converted to a read-only online business directory. This means that while the public will still be able to browse, search and view directory contents, you will not have access to the listings in order to edit your information.
Well there's not much more to say other than, R.I.P bCentral-iatch.
By Jason Dowdell at 04:44 PM | Comments (2)