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By | 06.19.15

Not all online searches and transactions are performed on search engines. Directories and social media websites expand your reach and have some of the hottest leads on the web at an inexpensive cost. Whether free or paid, these marketplaces are worth spending your advertising budget on.

Should You Submit to Online Directories?

Yes! You should submit your business information and website to relevant directories, and I’ve included a list below. This list is a great sources of leads, consumer reviews and referral traffic. Free or paid, it is important you control your business profile because you need to engage and advertise to consumers where they want to be. Once you claim your profile, update any information that is inaccurate, and be sure to provide details about your business that are a selling point and may draw a new customer in. Most importantly, claim ownership now so that you can respond to positive and negative reviews of your business in the future.

How Many Is Too Many?

There is no set number of directories your business should or shouldn’t be in. It’s the quality and relevancy of the directories that is important to keep in mind. Links from spammy websites, hacked websites or low quality sites constitute bad neighborhoods that you don’t want to belong to. Linking to your site from these bad neighborhoods on purpose will make you a target for manual penalties from the search engines.

How to Tell Which Directories Are Legit

I have put together a list of 32 directories I recommend, below. But there are many more worth considering. If you’re interested in submitting your site to a directory, take a look at the businesses listed and  if you would feel comfortable calling on those businesses and they are relevant to your business, then you should feel safe submitting to and being a part of that neighborhood. The quality of the sites you are listed in is important, so stick to the best. The goal is to make sure that the most accurate, up-to-date information about your business gets published where your potential customers are searching.

Getting Started

On any of these sites, search to see if your business is already listed, then claim control of your existing listing instead of submitting a duplicate. For new submissions, I’ve linked to the deepest page that can help you set up a new business profile quickly. Also if you have a directory that you think should be included, please feel free to mention it in the comments.

  2. Google My Business
  4. Bing Places
  5. Yahoo Local/Aabaco Small Business

Need help submitting? This can be very time consuming, and we can help. You can start by evaluating the accuracy of your listing using our free tool, and claim control quickly and easily by syndicating your information through our network, or we can do the legwork for you.


Originally posted on March 3, 2014.

Updated on June 19, 2015.

  • great tools here; love the list and am sharing!
    see ya on G+
    Dr Tammy Cashion

  • PNR Status

    Awesome list thanks for the share

  • Thank you for doing the hard work of finding these listing services. Now the rest of us can started with our part: achieving brand saturation.

  • Nishant Shah

    Great List of Website, Thanks for Sharing.

  • Great article! I’m wondering, do you have any experience with managing all these business listings? I’m working with a small business that acquires new locations regularly. I’m looking for tips on how to seamlessly update new location information, and update all location listings at one time, without having to update one by one.

    Any solutions?

    Thank you!

    • Ben Kaylor

      Great question Sameer! We have a tool that would allow the business that you manage to seamlessly update information across listing sites. Please email us at with your contact information and we’ll make sure to contact you as soon as possible. We look forward to working with you, thanks for reading!

  • dav

    Great info! This is a great list!

  • Rashmi

    Thats a great list, Also try, a new website but good one

  • Great post. Thanks for sharing your insight on local search and SEO.

  • Thanks for expanding my base!

  • Erik

    Thanks for the list!

  • cadomagenge

    Really vary useful post and list of 32 business listing sites. I like it

  • Alex Haris

    Nice list of Citations. You have repeated some sites twice. Please delete that sites and update new list of sites

    • Marion Jacobson

      Hi Alex –

      I double checked the list and didn’t find any repeats. We just updated this list, so it should all be accurate. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Suresh Kumar

    Great list you got here, Dose these list work for my business in India?

    • Marion Jacobson

      Hi Suresh –

      These business listing sites will only help you if you do business in the United States. And the ones that are associated with maps won’t help unless you actually have locations here in the U.S.

      Good luck!

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  • Definitely going to look into this and use them.

  • Amazing Post helpful……

  • Great Post !!!

  • Олег Бушманов

    Hi there! Description for each directory must be unique ? I have a representatives of our comany worldwide. So I collected database directories all over the world and I want to place there information about our representatives in each country ( addresses will be their ) , but url will be of our general site. So, how to make each of them unique description of the company? Or I can write the same information about our company in each directory? In this case can be a penalty from Google or not? I’d be glad for any advice!

  • thank you for share this beautiful blog post with precious business directory site list…:)

  • Hi this list is worldwide do you have list for specific country like, australia, new Zealand, south africa and many others countries?

  • Great and very informative article. This will help us to link building. I want to ask you a favor. We are a web development company. You can tell us, how do we create back links to our company?

  • This article list is so useful… Surely it will help to increase website traffic… Thanks for informative information sharing 🙂

  • Thank you for this article this is awesome post.

  • Nice article and have great information

  • I think the list is only for the US market except few, right?

  • salman qureshi

    most of them are paid…i need free listing.

  • i think this is the best list for startups listing.

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  • Vijay Suryawanshi

    thanks for providing a set of links.

    Vijay Suryawanshi

  • Good post but most of them are for US only.

  • which are free?

  • Awesome collection, do you have Indian business listing website? For professional SEO services the list available in the post definitely makes the difference.

    Thanks for sharing list

  • ViCTOR Led

    Excellent Articals……..

  • Very interesting. We don’t, unfortunately, the same amount of directories for business listings in the UK. We are an IT country, but we luck this side.

  • Correct if I am mistaken, some of the Online Directories stated above could be chargeable?

    • Alan Schmukler

      Yes some of them are chargeable, but they don’t mention that up front.

  • Theveindran K N

    Very informative. Skin.Plus is a fast growing online beauty directory worth taking note of.

  • Village Machaan

    Thanks for sharing this article……..!!!!!

  • Really good listing collection
    Very helpful for me…
    Awaiting for your new article
    Thank you..

  • Gene Tougas

    My concern is that the last website we started and listed in a lot of these put us in a physical store in which we are only online to sell on the web. We have actually had people walk up to our house or catch me leaving my driveway hoping to find a store. I wish these listings would allow you to decide if you need your address posted or not.

    • Ronnie Mac

      Thanks for sharing. I was planning on joining and have an internet business. Did they ever resolve this for you?

  • Really good listing collection
    Very helpful for me…
    Awaiting for your new article
    Thank you..

  • Hi
    The site collections which you have mentioned are very helpful. All platforms having unique influence in business promotion. I personally use some of them and get better results. Keep running with the same pace,
    Good luck

    • Deepak Mindspace

      agree jessica.

  • goold collections. thank you

  • Deepak Mindspace

    really helpful. All of websites have unique business promotion

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