32 Business Listing Sites That Will Get You Referral Traffic

Website LinksNot 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.

  1. facebook.com
  2. Google Places for Business (and some help on setting this up from our blog)
  3. twitter.com
  4. Bing Places
  5. Yahoo Local
  6. superpages.com
  7. dexknows.com
  8. linkedin.com
  9. tripadvisor.com
  10. yellowpages.com
  11. yelp.com
  12. ezlocal.com
  13. whitepages.com
  14. foursquare.com
  15. urbanspoon.com
  16. city-data.com
  17. hotfrog.com
  18. bbb.org
  19. bizjournals.com
  20. manta.com
  21. merchantcircle.com
  22. angieslist.com
  23. yellowbook.com
  24. showmelocal.com
  25. thumbtack.com
  26. yellowpages.aol.com
  27. local.com
  28. americantowns.com
  29. insiderpages.com
  30. magicyellow.com
  31. elocal.com
  32. localpages.com

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.


  1. says

    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 KaylorBen Kaylor says

      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 social@dexmedia.com 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!

  2. Alex Haris says

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

    • Marion JacobsonMarion Jacobson says

      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!

    • Marion JacobsonMarion Jacobson says

      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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