Getting listed in business directories along with Google and Bing Local is a great way to let the search engines know exactly where you are and what you do. I submit my clients to business directories all of the time and this site is listed in a few of them, so I know which ones offer value. Here are 5 of the better UK ones:
Update: 3 of the directories originally featured in this post are no longer up and running so I updated the post in April 2020.
1/ When I first launched this site and I didn’t have any rankings, the UK Small Business Directory was a god send. The owner TJ was kind enough to put my site on some special pages and for a long time it was our no.1 source of traffic and enquiries. The directory is well organised and really well optimised. If you search for business directory on Google it is on the first page and also ranks high for lots of other directory keywords. You can get a listing in the directory for free, or you can go for a bronze, silver, or gold listing for a low fee. Check out our listing here.
2/ If you are serious about promoting your business online then you definitely need to get yourself listed in Yell.com. The website was launched in the UK in 1996 by the publishers of the Yellow Pages directory and features over 2.9 million businesses. You can go for a free listing or if you can afford it you can go for a paid advert that will increase your business visibility.
3/ This company has been featured in the Free Index business directory ever since June 2007 and it is definitely a great place to list your site. Over the years I have had traffic, enquiries and business from the directory and I got all of that from a totally free listing. Like the name suggests the site is free or you can pay a small fee for a premium listing which will list you above non premium members. The site has great content and ranks really well in the search engines and is certainly one of the top 5 in the UK.
4/ Setting up a listing in the Hotfrog business directory is quick and painless and can really help you with promoting your site. I just went ahead and set up a free listing for this website and it only took about 10 minutes. The directory gets good traffic and has a high authority score so you should definitely submit. You can either go for a free listing or you can go for a priority listing for a low monthly fee.
5/ My own business directory is called Biz-Dir and it has been up and running ever since 2006. The directory covers most of the popular online business related categories so there is probably going to be somewhere relevant for you to submit your site to. Simply navigate to the correct category and hit the submit button to get started. The directory doesn’t get much traffic these days but a listing is really affordable and I plan on redesigning the site and fixing things up soon.
All of these directories are based in the UK and provide links to your website that can help you with your internet marketing efforts.
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