A method you can use if you would see your site go up in the ranking is manual directory submissions.But there’s more to it than you’re aware of. Although the concept is straight forward, all the different factors together, make it complicated and also really time consuming. To do directory submissions you have to first choose the directories you want to submit to.This list should be quite large as there is not much to gain from only submitting to a couple, your list should include at least 200 web directories.It will be money and time well spent going through the trouble of looking up more specific directories, as those web web directories who cover a broad spectrum might not entirely be what you need for your specific product or service. One of the things you will be searching for when picking the web directories is if they have a category suitable for your product or service.If you have no idea at all how to start, type ‘web directories’ in the larger search engines, such as Google, ASK and Yahoo look for the names that will come up and start with these.Wikipedia also has a list of general and specialist directories. It is important the directories you select are SEO friendly.During your search for web directories you will come across directories that are not SEO-friendly, Don't waste your time with them. Your main goal of the entire submission process is to obtain valuable links in the end which will never happen web directories that are not SEO-friendly.It is very important that you verify that the links always go straight to your homepage; links heading to any other page are completely worthless. Supposing you paid attention to all the previous steps, take your list of selected web directories because it’s time to start the procedure of manual directory submissions.It is very important which category you submit your website under as the directory links will be of less value if they come from an unrelated category. A manual directory submission means you will have to take the time to complete a form for every directory you wish to submit your site tn each of those submission forms, you will have to fill in a name, a description, an URL and an email account, and sometimes some additional details depending on the directory you are submitting to.First you will study the guidelines of each directory as they have their own criteria and if you don’t follow them, your submission will be declined with no explanation from the editor of the directory. There are many ways of payment for directories.Nothing comes for free in this world and the same goes for good web directories but you have a couple of options to choose from.Payments can be made with a one-off payment, an annual payment or a monthly subscription.Why you might want to pay for the submissions, other than the fact that you will get a quick review, is because of the position you will get in the directory.While you can as well go for free submissions, although the reviewing time will be longer, they are free and you can do hundreds of them. It is vital that you fill out the form as precise as you can and that you make no mistakes.The title often referred to as the name of your web-site, cannot be too long and should at all times be to-the-point.Many people often come up with titles that are to long; generally good titles contain less than 50 characters.In the URL field, you enter your home page address.Web directories will verify your site as well as the content of it.If your domain is not operative or your site lacks content, you can be sure the directories will turn you down. You will have to write a good description; this field is not to advertise your site but to describe in a neutral way what your site is about.It is a good idea to use the same words people might type into the search box of Google. Evidently, the directories can’t do anything if you don't give them a name and an email account.In general, directories like email addresses that are linked to your website, so try to avoid using a hotmail account or another free account you might have. Once you have submitted your site to a directory, it will be reviewed manually by the editor of that directory; so it makes sense that they require manual submissions.To prove that you are doing a manual submission, you will have to enter a code that is to you in the form. Some web-sites have reciprocal listing options, so when you are filling in the form there is an extra field to be aware of. You need to copy the given link to your own site and then fill out your URL in the ‘reciprocal URL’ on the form. By now, you probably understand how dull and time consuming this entire submission process can be.Once you have done it, it’s not even guaranteed you will get approval as the site has to go through a manual review and web directories have strict listing guidelines.There are manual directory submission services that can do all the work for you at a much faster speed and reasonable prices.