SEO value of website directories

If you have viewed any of the links in the margins of this blog, you have probably noticed Greeley Search and Fort Collins Search.

Both of these sites were originally started as website directories for their specific locales. The motivation was to encourage technology use by local businesses and promote spending dollars in the local community rather than on ebay, amazon or any other online retailer.

Lately I’ve been attempting to figure out if there is any value to these sites, and if so, what it is. I haven’t had many local people submit sites to them, it doesn’t seem like my efforts have been appreciated much. My question to you, the reader, is do you think there is any value in sites like these? Do they help organic results in Google? Is there a good way to acquire advertisers? Is there a good, cost effective, way to market them locally?

Let me know what you think.