Ultimate Directory Plugin Review Offered By Luther Landros
Written by Corky Devendorf, Editor
Here’s the short version, right off the bat. There are better options.
CFL Business Journal is expanding into other areas to help small businesses promote themselves online. One of those is into a directory, FLRetirementGuide.Com, soon to launch. I have been researching directories these last few weeks in order to be sure we got into the right software the first time and avoided a messy transition.
But I digress. In order to help any one else in this position, I would offer the following review of the Ultimate Directory Plugin, which is not a very good title for this at all, IMHO.
I was disappointed immediately because they did not give a spreadsheet telling the advantages/ disadvantages of the plugin. It was just a salesy video to grab sales. And we could have read the words they used as video, so why insult our intelligence? Nothing more and even much less than I would expect. Must be the plain fact is that it converts well for them. It certainly isn’t an aid to shoppers.
Want proof? Search for Sedona Doctors and try to find the directory that they keep referencing. I guess I looked at dentists, so hold on. I want to be accurate…. BRB.
Nope. Searched “Doctors in Sedona AZ”, and “Cardiologists in Sedona, AZ”. Couple of directories, but neither were WP. So either they won’t give up the actual ebsite and town, or it doesn’t exist to begin with, it would appear.
I would note that, In the first search, there was Yelp , Manta and YP though, so it can’t be too tough to rank these things.
My disappointment was not lessened by support. When I asked for further details, they initially just closed my ticket. Can you imagine having to ask to be sold too? I was VERY serious about buying this plugin. I was waiting, but my patience grew thin when they did that. As you will see below, where I have copied and pasted the results.
I already was in the market for a solution and wanted this to be it very badly, at least monetarily wise. I reopened the support ticket. Got an answer, but not complete or very good one.
Throughout the video Luther spoke of Sedona, AZ, so why not show that directory as an example? Does it even exist? I don’t know. If it does, it isn’t very well optimized to rank.
Here are the details of my support requests (stay tuned for a much better solution):
|Success:Your reply to this ticket has been successfully submittedAny sales page and demo?
**END** Copy of ticket. (sorry for my language, was ticked at them)
Not sparkling service in my humble opinion. Imagine if you had a problem with it!! What kind of response would you get then?
Well, I’m not going to be the one to find out.
You see I had already found Brilliant Directories. Problem with them is that it is much more expensive. Starts at $97 a MONTH! On up to $297.
But they tell you and show you exactly what you are getting. Compare their offer with the sample directory I was referred to at:
What opinion do you want your customers to have of you and your services?
The truly sad part is that had they just responsibly answered my questions, I NEVER would have posted this negative review. I would have said, well, it’s a possibility and they are taking care of business, and I would have moved on along to the preferred model I want to be represented by.
But they simply didn’t. Can’t take care of sales questions…, won’t provide details on your product…, What are you going to get on the other end if you need help? That is the scary part.
So take your future in your hands if you buy this. I wish you luck, but you won’t find an affiliate link to it from me. If you want it, here is the webpage and video. It’s not a sales page, at least not a good one, IMHO.
I want to know what a product will do. I want something that I can rely upon. Which, btw, I have had a couple responses from Brilliant Directories with questions within 3 or 4 hours each. I didn’t actually time it, never entered my head to do that. And most of all, I want to feel that someone gives a crap when I need service. So here are both links. BD is an affiliate link (or it will be when I get approved), if you have an aversion to that, just look them up.
PREFERRED PROGRAM. You should at the very least go there to see what a real directory site would look like.
Sad Excuse thus far: http://reillylabs.com/ultimate-offline-directory-offer/
I wish you luck with your project.
We’ll talk soon,
(UPDATE) They just marked my support ticket “RESOLVED” and closed it. I hope they realize they messed up and the sale was lost. Would sure be nice if they even cared though.