Guide to the Major Web Directories

 

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Last update: May 1st, 2009

Directory submission as a link building strategy has been gradually fading in importance over the past few years. We still highly recommend every site have a listing in the Yahoo Directory, Business.com, and Best of the Web, as well as DMOZ and the Librarians Internet Index if you can get them.

But many of the other directories on this list have seen their ability to boost rankings slip, with many of them losing much of their PageRank. If you are having trouble building links, these directories can still be decent link sources, and the directories listed here are still the best on the web. But be sure to complement your link building efforts with other types of quality links as well.

The Best General Directories

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DMOZ

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Free

Could take up to a year or more for your site to be listed.

Yahoo Directory

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$299/year for commercial sites, free otherwise

Your site will also be listed in several international Yahoo directories.

Business.com

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$299/year

Get a standard annual listing, not a PPC featured listing (which doesn't help rankings).

Best of the Web

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Free for non-commercial sites. $99.95/year or $249.95 one-time.

As name indicates, was once an award site.

Librarians' Internet Index

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Free.

Very high-quality link, but not easy to get. Site must have a lot of informational content to be listed. Otherwise, don't submit.

JoeAnt.com

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$39.99 one-time fee, free for editors

Takes about a week to be listed either way.

GoGuides

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$69.95 per URL.

Sites are instantly included. Money back guarantee if your submission is declined.

Other Top General Directories

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Rubber Stamped

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$39.95 one-time review fee, refundable if rejected.

Nice, growing directory.

Skaffe

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One time $44.99 fee, free if you become an editor.

Becoming an editor is not difficult, and is an easy way to get listed for free.

IllumiRate

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Free.

Can take up to 6 months to be listed. Faster if you become an editor.

Massive Links

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$29.99 one-time fee for basic listing, $34.99 one-time for 5-link listing, $69.99/year for premium listings.

Permits you to write your own keyword-rich link anchor text. Free for non-profits.

Starting Point

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$99 annual fee.

Quality directory, many high-PageRank pages. Not widely known, so may be a link your competitors won't have yet.

Gimpsy

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$49 to be reviewed within 72 hours, $20 refund if site is turned down. Free submit available, but can take months to be listed.

Focused primarily on commercial sites. Can be difficult to find the proper category to submit to.

Web Beacon

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$39.99 one-time review fee, free for editors.

Originally created from the GoGuides database, expanded since.

Site Snoop

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$15 one-time fee.

Currently does not accept mortgage/loan sites. There tends to be a lot of spam in that industry, so this helps improve the overall quality of that directory.

The Top Social Media Sites

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Digg

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Social news

The biggest and most successful social media site. Can crash your server with a massive amount of traffic.

Delicious

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Social bookmarking

The biggest and most successful social bookmarking site.

StumbleUpon

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Social news

Can be a great source of ongoing traffic.

Reddit

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Social news

Second biggest social news site after Digg. More of a liberal political bent.

Propeller

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Social news

Grew out of the now-defunct Netscape.com social media site.

Mixx

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Social news

Smaller, but still popular, social news service.

BlinkList

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Social bookmarking

Bookmarking service, also allows you to save copies of whole web pages.

The Top Blog Directories

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Blog Catalog

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Free.

Probably the biggest and most successful blog directory currently

Eatonweb

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$34.99

Good blog directory, even if you have to pay.

Blog Flux

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Free.

Links to your blog homepage are redirected, but links to internal posts are direct.

Best of the Web Blogs

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$49.95

Great directory, we recommend both a regular listing and a listing for your blog.

GetBlogs

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Free.

Free, but they like you to link back to them.

The Top Article Directories

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Ezine Articles

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First 10 articles submitted are free.

If they like your articles, they'll let you submit unlimited articles for free.

GoArticles

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Free.

Unlimited numbers of articles can be submitted for free. Links allowed in sig line but not within content.

Article Dashboard

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Free.

Unlimited numbers of articles can be submitted for free.

Buzzle

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Free.

Unlimited numbers of articles can be submitted for free. Must apply to become an author. Links allowed in sig line but not within content.

Article City

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Free.

Unlimited numbers of articles can be submitted for free. No anchor text links, just URL links.

Idea Marketers

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Free.

Unlimited numbers of articles can be submitted for free.

Article Alley

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Free.

Unlimited numbers of articles can be submitted for free. Can take awhile for your application to be approved.

Article Gold

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Free.

Unlimited numbers of articles can be submitted for free. Links allowed in sig line but not within content.

Amazines

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Free.

Unlimited numbers of articles can be submitted for free.

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