Local Search Guide Part 3 | List Of The Best Free Directories, Wales & UK For 2014

by admin on December 16, 2012

Web Directories

The internet is full of hundreds (probably thousands) of online web directories where you can post your link. The first directory to worry about is http://www.dmoz.org This is by far the most powerful of the free web directories. The first step to any back linking campaign should include a submission to DMOZ.

http://www.dmoz.org/

Just follow their posted instructions (to the letter, they are picky). DMOZ is moderated by volunteers so it may take a long time for your link to get approved. Do not submit every week, submit and check back in 3-4 weeks and if your link isn’t there you can resubmit. The other directory that is powerful is the Yahoo Directory - this is separate from the yahoo search results.

Yahoo Directory &  Best Of  The Web are probably the main directories I would suggest you pay for as they have a very high page rank. However if you have a large budget it may be worth submitting to few directories with higher page ranks .

The higher the directories page rank (PR) the better… look for directories with PR of 2 plus. Although expensive one good high PR back link will be very valuable to your SEO efforts. If you have the money, go for it. If you can’t justify the cost, you can ignore it for now.

There are a lot of directories out there and I think you are best off focusing on the hundreds of free ones. But do not over do directory submission & be selective with your directory choices i.e. if you are based in Swansea find local Swansea or South Wales directories to submit to.

Also it is best to try & gain two non-directory normal links for every directory link to balance your link profile.

A lot of these directories will ask for a reciprocal link – as stated above that is not a great trade off. You can ignore the ones that require a reciprocal link or you can set up a free Blogger blog and just throw the link up there. Most of them will accept this, but some will require a link from the domain you are submitting – ignore these sites and move on.

Here are a couple of the most effective web directories that you can submit to for a local search listing boost.

Best Free Directories
yelp.co.uk
yell.com
touchlocal.com
192.com
freeindex.co.uk

Best Paid For Directories (Worth Paying For)
www.botw.org - PR6 – (Best Of The Web – 1st submission £99 pa & 2nd submission discount 20%)
www.uksmallbusinessdirectory.co.uk  - PR5 – (£36)

These directories sometimes die, move to a paid situation or stop accepting new submissions – it is the nature of web directories. You can find relevant local directories by searching for free web directories in your area. Try searching for terms like  ”free directories Swansea”

Best Free Directories For Local Search Listings, Wales & The UK  2014 - (Lists 1 to 7) – Local SEO

(1) Swansea, Cardiff, South Wales, UK 

(more stars *** = most repeated & highest authority)

Swansea Directories

swansea.com

swansea.co.uk

swansealocalbusiness.com

swansea directory

swansea community directory.org.uk

swansea.gov.uk

guide2swansea.com

General Directories (Significant For Swansea Listings)

business-directory.org.uk **

burrows.co.uk

inuklocal

uksmallbusinessdirectory ** (£36 pa for link)

freeindex.co.uk ***

touchlocal *** (touch swansea)

laystar

city44.co.uk **

mysheriff.co.uk **

citylocal.co.uk

thesundirectory

duedil **

yalwa **

Cardiff Directories

cardiffbusinessonline.com

cardiff.co.uk

cardifflocalbusiness.co.uk

General Directories (Significant For Cardiff Listings)

business-directory.org.uk **

duedil **

britinfo.net

misterwhat

mysheriff **

c44.co.uk **

freeindex.co.uk ***

uksmallbusinessdirectory **

South Wales Directories

southwalesindex.co.uk

thisissouthwales

syob.co.uk

swdirectories.com

ukbusinessforums.co.uk

Wales Directories(PR 0- 4)

walesindex.co.uk – 4

walesdirectory.co.uk – 4

wetswalesindex.co.uk – 3

wales.org

wales-biz.co.uk

iwales.co.uk

finditwales.com – 0

General Directories (Significant For Wales Listings)

twistlocal

freeindex ***

wales.yalwa.co.uk **

goodbusinessdirectory.co.uk

businessmagent.co.uk

applegate.co.uk

b2index.co.uk

(2) Best UK Directories For Local Search Listings (PR 0 -7)

(more stars *** = most repeated & highest authority)

yelp -7

freeindex**** – 7

bizwiki 5

scoot** – 7

city-visitor.com

uksmallbusinessdirectory ***

moo-directory.com

redcog.net

localdata company

ratemyarea

upmystreet

vivastreet

accesplace

twistlocal** 5

mylocalservices.co.uk – 4

b2bindex.co.uk

bizdir – 5

businessdirectoryuk

welovelocal

business-network.co.uk

uk-local-search.co.uk

agentlocal

approvedbusiness

freebd.co.uk 4

yalwa.co.uk – 5 ***

hotfrog.co.uk -5

yell – 5

192 – (submit via bizzbuzz) – 7

192directory.co.uk

my118information.co.uk ***

touchlocal ***

bestofweb.co.uk – 4

thebestof.co.uk – 4

ufindus

smilelocal

bizwiki **

cylex.uk.co.uk – 6

tipped

bviw.co.uk

misterwhat **

yahoolocal – (submit via city visitor **)

touch local **

brown book

uk local business

local2me

thephonebook.bt.com

ukinternetdirectory.net -6

directory.thesun.co.uk -6

citylocal.co.uk -4

briishinformation.com – 5

thegoodwebguide.co.uk – 5

the-free-directory.co.uk – 4

britindex.co.uk

britishtowns.net – 4

greatbritishpagex.co.uk -4

verygoodservices.co.uk – 4

businessdirectory.co.uk – 4

tyloon.co.uk – 4

city-listings.co.uk – 3

places2b.co.uk – 3

uk-web-index.co.uk -3 (reciprocal link for photo)

(3) Recommended Directories By Distilled.Net Agency (SEOMoz Partners)

pegasus

freeindex ****

dmoz -5 ***

so much – 5 **

jayde – 5 ***

lii.org ** ( non commercial sites only librarians internet index directory)

illumirate *****

(4) Directory Aggregation Services (Source of data for most other directories )

my118information.co.uk *** – (bing,yahoo, bt, touchlocal,scoot,192,sat-nav’s) – phone confirmation required)

yahoolocal – (infoserve submit via city visitor) **

localdatasearch.com

odovo.co.uk

getlisted.org – citation tool

marketlocation

(5) Most Important Data Sources For Local Search Directories (These are the top level data silos in local search eco-system that all the other directories scrape their data from)

USAYelp, Acxiom, Localeze

UK Local Data Companies, My118information.co.uk , Companies House, TouchLocal.com

(6) Good Directories USA (PR 5+)

exactseek **

web world directory **

mastermoz

virtual library

sms web

bubl

dmegs

bhonvad

qidirectory

arakine

chiff.com

(7) Directories Specifically For Web Design Firms

professional web design directory

einternetdirectory

theukwebdesigncompany.com

topdesignfirms.com

webdesigners-directory.com

ukwda.org

designfirms.org

website-design-directory.co.uk

bewebsitedesign.co.uk

1webdesigner.com

General Directores (Significant For Web Design Firms)

dracksi.com

aprrovedindex.co.uk

greatdirectories.org

quotebean.co.uk

smartbusinessdirectory.co.uk

m6.net

ukbusinessdirectory

a-flat.org

beastcatalog.net

marten.co.uk

b2b-directory.uk.co.uk

SEO Directories (Significant For SEO Firms)

dynamicseo.co.uk

seoco.co.uk

topseos.com

approvedindex.co.uk

quotebean.co.uk

cmseo.com

seodirectory

General Directories (Significant For Internet Marketing Agencies)

librariansinternetindexdirectory ** – ( lii.org – high ranking.edu links for non-commercial sites)

indexdirectory

jayde ***

maviconet directory

illumirate directory ***

canny link directory

ezilion

allthewebuk

killerdirectory

dmoz (ODP) ***

splut.com

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

www.youtube.com September 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm

This is a really good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
Simple but very accurate info… Thanks for sharing this one.
A must read article!

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Hazel L Cottrell September 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

web directories are a really great idea, especially review sites where customers can go on and leave a review as well. This is then an added bonus as you have the back-link and a customer is praising you too which increases customer trust!

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Zenfly Media September 30, 2013 at 4:05 am

Great list of Directories, Just what I needed. Thank You

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Johnpaul February 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Hi! , I came across this the other day http://www.topwelsh.com ..its a pretty up to date directory of just websites that are based in Wales! No nonsense ..just welsh websites.

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