December 2006 Archives
What a difference a few short years can make in the stock photo business. Back in 2002, when Jupiterimages' Photos.com royalty-free stock photo subscription service launched, I lent a hand in getting the site some initial traffic. This included listing it in then-popular categorized site directories such as Yahoo, LookSmart and the Open Directory Project. The inexorable rise of Google has since caused Yahoo to downplay its once-mighty directory, LookSmart has become marginalized and the ODP seems to be stuck in a time warp. But in those days, being listed in these three directories was considered essential for the successful launch of a new site.