Back in November, we reported Microsoft had apparently shutdown their bCentral business directory. Today, we received an email with instructions for making any last minute changes to your directory listing, before editing permissions are removed and the directory changes format.
The good news is that existing listings will retain their “link friendliness and search ranking value”, hurrah!
How about I just go ahead and paste the entire email for you to read thru, sound good?
Microsoft retiring Submit It!
On May 18th 2007 Microsoft will retire its Submit It! service. The service’s site preparation, directory submittal, and reporting tools will be decommissioned. To help you transition away from the service, we are giving you a limited period of free access to Submit It!â€™s site preparation, submittal, and reporting tools. In addition, existing Submit It! customers are being offered a way to retain their Small Business Directory listings, for free, through 2008. Please read below for more detail and when you can expect to see changes.
Directory submittal, site preparation and reporting tools ending
Effective 3:00pm Pacific Daylight Time on May 18th 2007, you will no longer be able to log into and access the Submit It! service. The serviceâ€™s site preparation and optimization tools, directory submittal, and reporting services will be decommissioned and any data associated with these service components will be permanently deleted from Microsoft servers. If you want to preserve any reporting information please log into the Member Center to do so before the service end date. Additional instructions can be found in our Submit It! Customer FAQ.
Continued listing on the Microsoft Small Business Directory
Also effective May 18th 2007 at 3:00pm Pacific Daylight Time, the bCentralâ„¢ Small Business Directory will be retired. In its place, we are offering existing Submit It! customers and others who currently have bCentral Small Business Directory listings a free, grandfathered listing in the new Microsoft Small Business Directory. While we will be preserving the present directoryâ€™s link friendliness and search ranking value, slight changes will be made in the way the directory appears to the public and how you may alter your listing. Please read below and see more details about these changes in our Small Business Directory Customer FAQ.
Automatically reserving your Microsoft Small Business Directory Listing
On May 18th 2007 when the Submit It! service ends, the bCentral Small Business Directory will be converted to a read-only online business directory. This means that while the public will still be able to browse, search and view directory contents, you will not have access to the listings in order to edit your information. Other than requests by you to remove your listing, after May 18th 2007 changes may not be made to the directoryâ€™s contents.
Update or remove your current listings by May 11th 2007
If you want to continue your listing on the new Microsoft Small Business Directory through 2008, you may want to log into the Member Center to see that your listing includes current information about your business or organization. Any new information you submit to the directory must adhere to our listing guidelines and must be completed by 3:00pm Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, May 11th 2007 to allow us time to review and process any new listing information you might supply.
If you do NOT want to continue your listing service on the new Microsoft Small Business Directory through 2008, please log into the Member Center and delete your current listings no later than 3:00pm PDT on Friday May 11th 2007. Youâ€™ll find detailed instructions for updating or deleting your information in our Small Business Directory Customer FAQ.
How your account is affected
Effective April 1st 2007 you will no longer be billed for Submit It!. If you purchased Submit It! on an annual basis through Microsoft, we will refund your subscription fee on a pro-rated basis by crediting the credit card to which the service was billed. This refund will be based on the number of months remaining on your annual service subscription as of April 1st 2007 and will be processed early in April 2007.