Directory Submission

Directory Submission
Good quality links - especially from webpages on a similar topic to yours - are crucial to getting ranked well in the search engine results. The search engines figure that sites with more good links to them are more important & will reward them with better rankings. And, of course, people will find your site through links, too.
Before beginning to submit your site, you'll want to make some preparations.

Get your website in order.
If your website isn't in the best shape, your submission efforts may be of little value. Details on how to give your site a tune-up are found in our Search Engine Optimization Section.
This step is crucial. Directory submission is a time-consuming and you don't want to waste your time submitting. Get the house clean before you invite the search engines over for a visit!

Begin writing your directory submission

Write your title & link text.
Many directories require that you use your site's name, or your actual business name as the title. Others will let you expand upon it a bit, so give this a bit of thought.
For example, the actual name of one site I've promoted is Edwin Romond. Ed is a poet based in Pennsylvania, and he gives lots of poetry readings there.
But if the directory allows it, I will list the title as Edwin Romond - Pennsylvania Poet. That still sounds natural, and gets a couple more keywords into the title (which is usually used as the link text, the words you click on).
You will probably wind up using several titles of various lengths and using different keyphrases. It might be more appropriate to use one title on one site, and another title on another site. This is perfectly fine, and can actually be helpful.

Write a brief description of your website.
Most directories require a description from 150-255 characters - that's about 15-25 words or so, probably 2-3 sentences. This is the description that will be displayed below the link to your website in the directory.
It should contain some of your keywords (without sounding 'spammy') & explain what your site is all about. You have a very limited space to do that, so you need to make every word count.
Avoid repeating the same word too many times and be very clear & professional. Don't repeat the name of your business. Don't use words like "best" or "number one" - be factual. Don't include dates or prices. Write an engaging description of your website that will make people want to click on the link to your site.
It is also a good idea to write an even shorter description, as a few directories just want 1 sentence. This one has got to be even more to the point than the first one.
Just like with the titles, you'll probably want several descriptions which you can use based upon the nature of the directory to which you're submitting and its length and style requirements.

List your keywords, in order of importance.
Some directories want you to submit keywords in addition to your description. Also, some directories want the keywords/keyphrases separated by commas, others just want them separated by spaces. So it's worth writing 2 lists, formatted in the 2 different ways.
Again, don't use the same word more than about 3 times, it chews up space & may be considered spamming. Use words that are actually on your website, and ones that people would likely search on to find a site like yours. You'll want about 200 characters in your keywords list. But also make a shorter list because some directories will want only about 5 keywords.

Don't make it sound "spammy!"
That goes for titles, descriptions, and keywords. Avoid promotional language & repetition. Just be honest & objective, write your text carefully with your visitors (not the search engines) in mind & you will do fine.

Double-check everything.
After you've written your titles, descriptions, and keywords lists, check for spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation errors. Have a friend who's familiar with your site and/or business proofread as well. It's usually not possible to edit your listing after it's submitted so it's important to get it right the first time.

Choose the right category.
Take a little time to browse through the directory to find the category that most closely fits your website. This is important, as many directories will reject your site if it's submitted to an inappropriate category.
However, if there are 2 categories which are equally suited to your site, choose the one with least number of other links (competition) or the one with the higher Google PageRank. (If you don't have the Google Toolbar installed, you can use our PageRank checker.)

Use an alternate email address.
Many directories require an email address, to confirm your submission or for other purposes. I'd recommend setting up a unique email address (a real one) just to submit to the directories. Most directories won't sell your email address. But it does happen occasionally. Just to be on the safe side, use that alternate address. You don't want your primary email address to be targeted with spam.
Be sure to check your email regularly. Some directories will send you an email with a link in it which you must click to activate your submission.

A note on URLs (web addresses)
Most web directories won't accept an URL that redirects to another. Use only your primary web address.
Most directories accept only domain names (your homepage), rather than deep links. For example, they would accept http://www.wizit.co.nz, but not http://wizit.co.nz/tips/pages/page.html. This is one reason it's best to have your own domain name.
Some directories do allow you to submit an interior webpage by paying an additional fee.

Submit to quality websites & don't use automated submissions.
There are a lot of directories out there that aren't worth your time. Submit only to quality sites (such as the ones on our directories list, which we consider the cream of the crop).
Ask owners of sites relating to yours to link to you (you'll probably have to link back to them). But stay away from link farms, "free-for-all" (FFA) link sites, and "bad neighborhoods." These won't help you, and may do harm to your efforts.
You might like to read our article on how to judge the quality of a directory.
100 quality links will return more benefits - and do it faster - than 1000 lesser-quality links.
Don't waste your time or money on automated submissions services. (You've seen them advertised - they say they'll submit your site to something like 1,000 search engines and/or directories.) These services are ineffective and sometimes use unethical means.
One reason that automated submissions are ineffective is that each directory has its own structure and rules. If you submit to the wrong category, or submit a description, title, or keyword list that is the wrong length, or incorrectly formatted, your proposed listing will be rejected. Additionally, your site may be banned from re-submitting.
Also, many of the search engines and directories to which the automated services will not be appropriate for your website. They will be, for example, located in non-English speaking countries, will focus on a topic unrelated to yours, or will be FFA or link farms.
It's best to pick some high-quality sites which are actually likely to list your website, and hand-submit your site to them. Don't waste your time or money on the others. Take the time to submit your site manually, or to hire someone who can do it for you correctly.

The directories

notations in the listings:
(r) = you must register a free account in order to submit.

If there is a "submit" link to the right of the site's name, you can click "submit" to go right to the site's submission page.

directories - set 1

  1. www.dmoz.com
  2. www.directoryvault.com - submit
  3. www.domaining.in - submit
  4. www.getlistedrightnow.com - submit
  5. www.searchsight.com - submit
  6. www.visitalink.com - submit (r)

more directories - set 2

  1. www.onemilliondirectory.com - submit
  2. www.freewebsitedirectory.com
  3. www.esgsite.com
  4. www.fat64.net - submit
  5. www.az-links.info
  6. www.anaximanderdirectory.com - submit
  7. www.directorynice.com

     

  8. www.alistsites.com - submit
  9. www.arakne-links.com - submit
  10. www.askella.co.uk (r)
  11. http://directory.askbee.net - submit
  12. www.bahiacar.com
  13. www.buzz-directory.com
  14. www.bys.net
  15. www.canlinks.net - submit
  16. www.creativeagency.eu
  17. www.diverselist.com
  18. www.infignos.com - submit
  19. www.linkcentre.com
  20. www.pegasusdirectory.com
  21. www.piseries.com
  22. www.dxpnet.com/riot/ - submit
  23. www.seagency.net - submit
  24. www.searchitfast.com
  25. www.turnpike.net - submit
  26. www.urlmoz.com - submit
  27. www.worldsiteindex.com (r) (free submissions Tu-Fr only) (g)

confirmation by email required

  1. www.2space.net
  2. www.finest4.com *
  3. www.somuch.com - submit
  4. www.tsection.com
  5. www.uuiq.com
  6. www.websquash.com
  7. www.achx.com - submit
  8. www.addlinksuggest.com - submit
  9. www.brightsidexdr.com - submit
  10. www.grandeforum.com - submit
  11. www.f7w.com - submit
  12. www.lushina.com - submit
  13. www.oyez.info - submit
  14. www.raiisa.com - submit
  15. www.sahodesign.com - submit
  16. www.sc3m.com - submit
  17. www.webmixture.com - submit

good directories - set 3

  1. www.1morelink.com
  2. http://directory.ldmstudio.com - submit
  3. www.dirpedia.com - submit
  4. www.info-listings.com
  5. www.mavicanet.com
  6. www.newwebdirectory.com
  7. www.prolinkdirectory.com
  8. www.skoobe.biz
  9. www.zunchdirectory.com
  10. www.shazee.com - submit (r)

other good directories - set 4

  1. www.FreshTV.com - submit
  2. www.illumirate.com
  3. www.Purple-Directory.com - submit
  4. www.worthwhilelink.com - submit
  5. www.wowdirectory.com (submit weekends only)
  6. www.plentylinks.com - submit (r)
  7. www.theeverywherepages.com - submit (r)

other good directories - set 5

  1. www.allnicesites.com
  2. www.urlshack.com
  3. www.thisisiadirectory.com
  4. www.addsitelink.com
  5. www.usawebdirectory.info
  6. www.freelinkdir.com
  7. www.gainweb.org
  8. www.submitfree.org
  9. www.linkaddurl.com
  10. www.referurls.com/
  11. www.linkstreet.info
  12. www.seo-friendly-directory.com
  13. www.clarib.com
  14. www.linkurls.net
  15. www.freeonlinedirectory.info/
  16. www.inlinkdirectory.com
  17. www.directoryfx.com
  18. www.ndthunder.com *
  19. www.yvir.com
  20. www.valuableurl.com
  21. www.waveofnet.com
  22. www.1dir.biz
  23. www.seekmatrix.com
  24. www.favouriteurl.com
  25. www.submit.org.in
  26. www.mygreencorner.com
  27. www.tech4on.com
  28. www.topdot.org
  29. www.triplewdirectory.com
  30. www.springsnow.info
  31. www.summerrains.info
  32. www.stockofsite.com
  33. www.linknom.com
  34. www.cgbee.com
  35. www.eatdrinkfeelgood.org
  36. www.estibordo.com
  37. www.opanetwork.com
  38. www.thewebsiteassistant.com
  39. www.wordforums.net