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It surprises me that people don’t take advantage of local free directories when marketing their website. In Perth, where we are web designers we have a list of directories that we use all the time that are free.
The quickest way to find local website directories is to enter a few key phrases into google and look through about 10 pages of results. Look for website directory sites and put them into a list. If they show up in the results then Google thinks they are important. You could also type in key phrase and then the word directory after them e.g. plumber directory, That will likely display more sites. This list below is for people in Australia but using the logic above you will easily find the best local directories.
All of the following website are the names followed by DOTCOM DOTAU. Due to the rules associated with article directories, I can’t list the websites so that you can click on them. Anyway here they are:-
1 yellowpagesonline – They provide a free online listing although that doesn’t include a link back to your site but there are plenty of people using it for search purposes and we have been listed in a free local area guide which can also help with phone calls. They will of course ring you soon afterwards trying to upsell you to a paid listing, but you can politely refuse.
2 Hotfrog – This is a business directory in many countries and is used by many people to do searches but is also a favoured website in Google results and provides a link and gets you indexed fairly quickly as well.
3 Comeonaussie – This site is not as well known, but I have found that in many instances a listing appears within Google with the site listing within an hour. In a few low competition areas you can even be on the front page of google with just a comeonaussie listing. They also place you in 2 additional sites for free when you register.
4 Truelocal – This site is affiliated with yahoo local search and is referenced often in Google maps as a citation. You can even add reviews to make the listing stand out more as well.
5 Aussieweb – This takes a while to get listed but seems to show up in the results within a month or so.
6 Localbusinessguide – This is also often a good directory that seems to be growing larger as time goes by. It can be a bit patchy in the search results at times but it is free, so you can’t complain.
7 Dlook – This seems to work well in the eastern states of Australia but the people searching for web design business in perth with this directory is low.
8 Business – Only recently has this company come to my attention, but there is a big company behind it so I expect that it will continue to grow in stature.
There are always more directories to be found out there, but that should help your website along initially.
If you or your business needs help with online directories, talk to a Perth Web Designer 9350 9392 or visit the Perth Web Wizards website to get lots of information about Web Design and what it can do for you and your business.
If you want to attract web traffic and ensure a better ranking for your website in search engine results, you must seriously consider submitting your website to a popular website directory. There is an array of benefits that such submissions have to offer. Following is a brief rundown on it.
*One Way Links
There are several factors that are taken into account to determine the ranking of your website in search engine results. The number of inbound links is one of the most important factors in this regard. The more inbound links your website has, the better search engine ranking it enjoys. The submission of your site to web directories does not require you to put their link on your website. Link exchange though also works, but search engines have recently started to discourage such strategies. The inbound links on the other hand are considered with high regard.
*Generating SEO Anchor Text Is Easy
When you submit your site to a web directory, you do not just enter the URL of the website, but also get an opportunity to include a site title and a brief summary of what your website is all about. If you optimize this description for search engines with suitable keywords, you can easily attract the attention of the search engine spiders. You can enter the anchor text of your choice in these directories. These SEO anchor texts can be very helpful in significantly improving your search engine rankings.
*It Helps In Getting Targeted Traffic
Online users these days use different methods to find the website of their interest. They not only use the search engines, but also look into directories. They trust a directory to provide them the references to best websites on Internet on a particular subject. The websites on these directories are categorized in different categories and sub-categories so that the users can experience easy navigation. They just have to enter the right categories to find the right websites. This way, you can get a convenient access to your target visitors. It is just that you will have to be a little careful while submitting your website here. Make sure that you choose the right category and sub-category.
*It Does Not Cost You Anything
The good thing is that all these benefits do not cost you anything. You do not have to pay any fee to submit your website to a directory. It is absolutely free. Even the process of submission is very easy. You do not have to be a technical expert or a programmer for this purpose. It does not take more than two minutes. However, it is advisable that you spend some time on preparing the anchor text to be used for the submission. The idea is to make sure that the anchor text is properly optimized with the right set of keywords. Avoid overuse of keywords because neither the search engine spiders nor human readers like stuffing of keywords in a senseless and unattractive way.
Overall, if you keep in mind a couple of things and follow the right approach, you can easily put your website on the track of success by submitting it into a good website directory.
Exeinfo Directory serves as a SEO friendly directory where one can submit websites, belonging to a wide range of categories, to create one way links and target potential customers.
Jasmine Directory is a paid business web directory. The review fee is not a guarantee that a website is going to be listed.
The very first impression is a “wow” effect, the website is clean and the colors are well matched. The navigation is simple, offering access to everything a visitor may be interested in once landed on this website.
Based on two sections, a topic and a regional section, Jasmine Directory provides an easy and interactive user experience when it comes to the submission process.
Jasmine Directory offers two types of reviews: Standard and Express. The difference between the two is narrowed down to the 5 deep-links Express listings may have. All Express listings are displayed above the Standard ones.
The directory was registered in 2009 – so it’s not very old – is included in Yahoo Directory, DMOZ, Business.com and other major directories. A blog is also featured, although it’s not updated frequently.
What takes apart this directory from the crowd?
Well, each main category and subcategory has its own unique article/description, making pages look more natural than just a bunch of hyperlinks. Relevant images in each category are also a nice touch. Each listing has its own details page featuring the website’s screenshot, business address, contact information and other details. The business address is shown in a Google generated map (this is useful especially for businesses), which, again, sets Jasmine Directory apart from other directories.
As soon as a website is listed in Jasmine Directory, the website details can be easily edited by its owner. An upgrade feature is also available for those who want to upgrade their listing from a Standard to an Express status.
Another positive side of JD, is that they reserve the right to edit a listing, or even move it to another category (if needed). This isn’t something I see every day, because, let’s face it, a web directory owner will list a website although the title uses the same keyword several times, instead of refunding the review fee.
What I don’t like about this particular business directory is the relatively low number of categories. Some sub-sections from a few main categories like Health, Travel or Society (to name a few) could really use more subcategories. However, they apply a high editorial discretion and I haven’t saw spammy titles and descriptions as we use to see often, which is again, a good sign for a directory given the fact that Matt Cutts clearly expressed Google’s view about paid web directories.
Jasmine Directory is heading to a very good direction and I’d like to see more directories like this out there.
What webmasters should understand is that the web directory industry is dead as we knew it a few years ago. A web directory accepting anything for a few bucks, is most certainly considered non-valuable. People basically pay a suggestion/review fee rather than a guaranteed inclusion fee.
As a note, Jasmine Business Web Directory, has made it in top 10 web directories for the 5th time by the top authority web directory review site: http://www.webdirectoryreviews.org/ Video Rating: / 5