Help Me/Question Paid Directories - Penalized By Google Or Not?

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seo2

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I was always wondering why/if google is penalizing paid directories, especially the ones that impose a monthly or yearly fee for having your link listed.

I am asking this because google guidelines tells that paid links is something bad and a site is heavily penalized for buying/selling links and, in my opinion, paying a monthly/yearly fee for a link somewhere is exactly what google does not accept.

Any comment/experience you had on this matter?
 

gkd_uk

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Matt Cutts has clarified the situation in the past by stating that directory listings are fine providing the purpose of the fee is for a selective review, with only quality sites accepted rather than the directory becoming a “free-for-all link site”.
 
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