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A shopping directory is a "Yellow Pages Directory Style" website similar to the Open Directory Project or the Yahoo! Directory with focus on sites that sell products or services, usually referred to as ecommerce websites.
A shopping directory is different then a shopping search engine or shopping comparison site
- Charging a one-time and/or recurring listing/review fee
- Use of affiliate programs of the listed ecommerce sites to earn commissions on referrals
- Advertising in the directory itself, such as banner ads, contextual ads like Google AdSense or some form of sponsored listings (usually pay per click based)
- a combination of the above
There are free directories that are updated by volunteers, but they are more the exception than the norm on the internet today.
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