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Top 50 tested SEO directories to improve local SEO [A List of Free Directories]

So your first question might be, what is an online directory?

It’s exactly what the name implies, it’s the same as a print phone book (e.g. Yellow pages) for businesses, except it’s all digital on the world wide web. A small business can enter information (e.g. business name, address, phone number, and email) onto a directory to improve their SEO visibility for local search results by users. Below is a screenshot of a sample online directory (myezbz.com/register-your-business) and the type of business information you can provide. Depending on the directory, adding your small business information to a database is often free. However, some directories require a fee in order to add a business profile to their index. If it’s a one-time fee and the directory has a high domain authority (50 or greater) it’s often a worthwhile investment.

MY EZ BZ Business Profile

 

Your next question might be, how does listing my business in local online directories improve my SEO rankings? 

Five reasons to publish your business in online SEO directories:

1) It’s one of the top ranking factors used in the Google Search Algorithm. Google partnered with two independent consumer research firms to run a small study  (~4,500 participants) to better understand consumers’ local search behavior on smartphones, desktops and tablets.  Below are some stats from the study:

  • 4 out of 5 consumers searched online to find local business information. 
  • The most popular information searched for was store address, business hours, product availability and directions. 
  • 50% of the participants who used their smart-phone and 34% who used a computer/tablet to search online visited a store within a day.
  • When comparing consumers using a smartphone to do a local vs. non-local search they found 18% who performed a local search lead to a purchase within a day vs. 7% who did a non-local search.
  • 4 out of 5 consumers stated they preferred ads customized to their city, zip code or immediate surroundings. 

The study’s results demonstrate that LOCAL business information is extremely important to consumers when searching and shopping online. Therefore, Google realized the importance of local information in online searches and has made it one of the strongest ranking factors in their search algorithm. Hence why publishing in LOCAL online directories is an ideal SEO strategy for businesses.

2) It boosts a business’ website’s visibility in local search results. Local SEO strategies involve optimizing keywords with your local city or cities (e.g. “top hair salon Rockville”, “event management Washington DC”, “Italian pizza Bethesda”, etc.). This is the same strategy that local online directories use and because they typically have a high “domain authority” they appear more often in the first page of web search results using (e.g. Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.). This, in turn, will lead to increased appearance and ranking of your business profile in local search results.

 3) It will increase your brand’s visibility. Using the logic in point #2, more appearances in search results has two major impacts on a business’ branding. One is an increase in brand recognition. Second is an increase in user familiarity and trust in your brand. Therefore, it’s crucially important to use a recognizable logo and add as much information about your business as possible to each directory you list the business in.

4) It allows your business to dominate search results. By listing your business in as many online directories as possible you greatly improve the likelihood that your business will appear on the first page of Google Search results and other search engines.

5) It’s a cost-effective SEO strategy because you get more bang for your buck. Online directories enable businesses to reach a wider range of target audiences and consumers can leave real reviews about your business. In addition, a majority of the directories listed below are free!

 A chart of 50 top SEO directories we recommend below:

 (*Note: Always be sure to search for your business listing in each directory before creating a brand new one. Removing duplicate listings in these directories is equally as important and time-consuming to remove if there is a duplicate.)

Click the different table headings (e.g. URL or Link) to sort each column!

URL or LinkCategory(Local, National, Niche, etc.)Domain Authority*Free or Paid
Yelp for BusinessLocal94Free
FoursquareLocal and National93Paid- Requires a one time fee of $20 to publish listing
Psychology TodayNiche- Mental Health93Paid- $29.95 per month. Highly recommended for Psychologists, Therapists, etc.
Angie’s List for BusinessNiche-Trades91Free
Crunchbase.comLocal and National91Free
Better Business BureauLocal and National91Free
Patch.comLocal89Free
Realtor.comNiche- Realtors89Free
Manta.comLocal87Free
Merchantcircle.comLocal and National87Free
Yellow PagesLocal and National86Free
Hotfrog.comLocal77Free
NextDoor for BusinessLocal75Free
The Wedding WireNiche- Wedding Vendors75Free
Super PagesLocal and National71Free
Thumbtack.comLocal70Free
Avvo.comNiche-Legal70Free
Lawyers.comNiche-Legal69Free
Caring.comNiche-Senior Living66Free
RateMDs.comNiche- Medical Professionals63Free
Google My BusinessLocal61Free
Yellow BookLocal and National61Free
Partners LocalLocal and National60Free
BrightScopeNiche-Financial Advisors58Free
Spoke.comLocal58Free
Company.comLocal and National56Free
Brown BookLocal and National55Free
ELocalLocal54Free
Bing for BusinessLocal53Free
EZLocalLocal53Free
Show Me LocalLocal51Paid- requires a one time $7 fee to make the listing active.
Cybo.comLocal and National50Free
Cylex.comLocal50Free
City SquaresLocal and National49Free
Yello YelloLocal and National48Free
Hub BizLocal and National47Free
Tupalo.comLocal and National46Free
E Business PagesLocal45Free
Yellow Page CityLocal and National45Free
Express Business DirectoryLocal and National44Free
Call Up ContactLocal, National and International43Free
US Enroll Business.comLocal and National43Free
ViesearchLocal and National43Free
My HuckleberryLocal and National42Free
LekkooLocal and National42Free
Find Us Here.comLocal and National38Free
Akama.comLocal and National38Free
Usplaces.comLocal and National34Free
MyEZBZLocal33Free
Express UpdateLocal and National33Free

 *Domain Authority is a ranking metric (based on a 100 point scale) established by the SEO experts at Moz.com. It determines the power of a domain and how well it will rank in Google search results using a multi-factorial algorithm.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out our other SEO Articles for increasing your web presence!

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