I used to hate directory listing websites because they all looked the same and were pretty much ugly, however this directory WordPress theme may have changed my mind. There was never anything special about any of the directory websites that I have seen, and some even tried to make their websites look pretty by adding thumbnails for the website pictures. I would never have thought of even attempting to set up a directory listing website. But recently Nick Roach, from Elegant Themes, released a WordPress theme called eList.
Of course this is an elegant directory WordPress theme and it is very tempting to create an elite website listing directory. (Because this is something different) There are not many awesome WordPress themes out there to create an eye catching directory website with. It is even more tempting barbecue now that I am a member of the Elegant Themes website ($39 a year), I get every single one of their WordPress themes for free!
It is even better when they come out with new themes as it gives me great ideas for a new WordPress Website to create.
Take a look at this screenshot below.I like the way the menu as listed at the top, and all of the categories are featured with fantastic looking thumbnails. This is only a portion of the page though, as I have missed out on the featured listings and the footer.
What Features Make This Directory WordPress Theme Special?
- It integrates PayPal into your website so you can accept featured listings.
- It already has a submit page inbuilt and a user registration page.
- The submit form is highly customizable so you can adjust it to any niche you like.
- You can easily change the website colors at the push of a button.
- Each listing has Google maps included. No need to get technical.
- Of course there are all of the usual fantastic features that every Elegant themes comes with.
- The categories are listed on the front page, nice neat, and tempting!
- This directory WordPress theme can also be used as an ordinary blog if you wish.
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Ideas on What Type of Website to Create With This Directory WordPress Theme
A local business directory
You would not believe how popular a local business directory is on the Internet. Some businesses have not even got their own website so need to build up a presence on the Internet. They do this by buying directory listings and it is even better if you focus on the local market. I personally have a website focused on the local market near where I live, and people often want to be listed in the business directory I have attached to that website. It is nothing fancy, and the town that the website is based around is very very small. This is why I know the power of having a locally based website.
A Focused Website Directory
I would love to find a blog directory that only focused on certain things like dofollow blogs that accept comments, or blogs that sell advertising, or just blogs in my niche. I know there are computer site directory websites, but there is room for a whole lot more!
A Wholesale Supplier Directory
People are constantly looking for wholesale suppliers and you could open the world up to some businesses. For example, if you have a gift-ware shop in Australia you could go to a Gift-ware online directory to buy from all over the world. I know many people that would use these kinds of directories.
A Job Directory
Yes there are thousands of jobs directory websites but how about focusing on a smaller niche. What about jobs for the disabled people, or jobs for over 50s? There is always something that people have not done yet.
A Drop Shipping Directory
When people first want to make money online, this is the most common direction that they look to. Drop shipping and selling on eBay is extremely popular. People have become very successful, and others have given up. This is the same in every business but I do not think you could ever have enough drop shipping directories as people will always want to make money online. Also you might be interested in one of the best Ecommerce WordPress themes, again created by Elegant themes, to drop ship goods yourself.
An Affiliate Program Directory
I know there are affiliate program directories out there, but I do not like any of them. They are ugly and are using a generic ugly theme. Not only that they do not give genuine reviews on whether the actual product is converting well or not. There is so much information missing in this area and if you can find this information and put it all together then you would have a great website. It is just so difficult to find a good affiliate program with products that actually sell, and good commissions at the same time. Again you could specialize in a certain smaller niche subject like the one I have mentioned below.
A Recurring Commission Directory
OMG Can someone please make a recurring commission directory. I do not want to search through all the other affiliate programs, I just want recurring commission products! How busy to you think this website would be once the word was out? Of course you would add that personal touch and give extra information that other sites do not give. You could contact the affiliate manager to get the information. I did find a recurring commissions website but when I visited the links the websites were dead and gone or they did not have recurring commission. Well that leaves a huge opening there!
A Work From Home Directory
Or what about an Internet entrepreneur directory? This directory WordPress theme, eList, would look fantastic and very classy. You could offer Internet entrepreneur tools, Internet entrepreneur resources, and so on. I guess I am biased towards what bloggers want and what people making money online want.
How To Start Your Own Directory Listing Website
- Contact potential customers and offer them a free years trial. That means you give them a free listing. In the mean time, you will busily be generating traffic so your new potential customers see some of this traffic flow through to their websites.
- Contact all your friends in your industry and give them a free listing to make your website look busy.
- Go door to door to local businesses and show them your website. Offer them a great deal. Add simple extras in like advertising their monthly specials on your Facebook page that is targeted at the local market. Offer them things that will not cost you money.
How Do You Make Money From a Directory Listing Website?
There are many ways to make money from a directory listing website and here are a few ideas:
- You can give away free basic listings but have an upgraded version that offers better features. For example if you were using this directory WordPress theme, you could give the free customers a basic form to fill out with less things to put on their listing. Then you can offer an upgrade that will allow them to add more details and showcase their listing better.
- With this directory WordPress theme, you can sell featured listings which will be showcased on the FrontPage in featured listings slider.
- You can list businesses that offer a commission if you refer people to them. For example, some affiliate programs offer 5% commission from income that people you refer make with their program. So if I refer you to become an affiliate for Spotmau I will get 5% commission for the sales you actually make. This does not effect your commission rate either!
- When your website is popular you can get pay to review other businesses and products according to your directory listings.
What do you think of this directory WordPress theme?
Go and check this eList directory WordPress theme out for yourself and tell me if you have seen anything better?