Web Directories – Submit Your Site

One of the most effective and inexpensive ways to promote your website is to submit your site to popular and high-traffic web directories. It helps your site ranking in the search engine result pages, and it would raise traffic volume to your site significantly.

There are a lot of web directories on the Internet and there are many companies that provide automatic submission service to those directories. But the best way is to submit your site manually to the most popular directories. The benefits of manual submission is that you can customize your submission for each directory such as title, anchor text, and description. Having all the same title, anchor text, and description submitted to hundreds of web directories could be considered to be spam.

Here is the list of the most common web directories.

Free Directories

Open Directory Project (http://dmoz.org)
Very powerful free human-compiled web directory. Some of major search companies use their directory service such as Google or AOL Search. The disadvantage of this directory is that it takes a long time for your site to get reviewed.

World Site Index (http://www.worldsiteindex.com)
Solid free web directory. Google Page rank 5.

Web World (http://www.webworldindex.com)
Google Page rank 5. Well-organized layout and fast loading.

Search Sight (http://www.searchsight.com)
Google Page rank 5. Clean design and fast search.

Jayde (http://jayde.com)
Google Page rank 4. B2B search engine.

Domaining.in (http://www.domaining.in)
Google Page rank 3. Over 11000 sites under about 18 top categories and 530 subcategories.

Turnpike Directory (http://www.turnpike.net/directory.html)
Google Page rank 5

Popular Paid Directories

Yahoo! Directory (http://dir.yahoo.com)
The largest and the most famous human-edited directory on the Internet. Around since 1994. Non-refundable submission fee is $299 per year.

Business.com (http://www.business.com)
Google Page rank 7. Mainly focusing on corporation management. The company also runs Pay-Per-Click advertising network, targeting B2B (business-to-business) market.

Best of the Web (http://botw.org)
Google Page rank 6, Fee: $99.95 annually recurring review, $249.95 one-time review

Aviva (http://www.avivadirectory.com)
Google Page rank 4. Submission for featured links: $74.95, regular links: $49.95

Ezilon (http://www.ezilon.com)
Google Page rank 6. Submission fee $69. They accept a free submission, but it may take a few months for them to process free submissions.

Free Directories for Social Marketing

Education.com (http://www.education.com)
Resource site for parents with children in preschool through grade 12. Webmasters can join in communities to promote their education-related websites.

NowPublic (http://www.nowpublic.com)
Citizen journalism. Almost 97,000 reporters in more than 140 countries around the world are contributing news.

Yelp (http://www.yelp.com)
Become a critic of local restaurants and shops.

GardenWeb (http://www.gardenweb.com)
Connect with other gardeners through communities blogs.

TravBuddy (http://www.travbuddy.com)
Join the travel community to promote your travel blog.

By Kim Web, March 13, 2009 @ 2:35 am

This is a great list and I have listed with a few of them but I have noticed that there are some that I may have missed so going to have a look at them and see what they are about and then submit. Its great to see that people are still doing directory submissions, cause I have been doing some reading up o the benefits of using them and there are so many different opinions on there use.

By software development company, November 3, 2009 @ 6:34 am

in past have done submissions for a couple fo sites and now I do see its importance.

By Whites Variety, November 20, 2009 @ 12:19 am

Many of the FREE sites are no longer free. People are going to have to pony up some money to get on some of these.