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The Top 100+ Online Business Directories and Citation Sites for Local Business

Updated on May 6, 2020
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What are business directories?

Business directories represent online lists of companies or businesses within a particular niche and category.

What are the Business directories for?

The lists of companies or local businesses are based on the location and help the Internet users to find through the online business directories a specific type of business, local professionals, or brands.

Often online directories are referred to as citation sources because they help Internet users to discover local businesses in the form of citations (listings). Business directories are also known as business citation sites or local citation websites.

What is a local citation?

The local business citation is any citation or mention of the Name, Address, and Phone number (i.e., NAP) for a local business on any online citation source. Citations sources are the local business directories, social platforms, any other websites, or even web apps, and they can impact local search engine rankings of any business-small or big.

Why must your business be included in Business Directories?

The only two reasons you would consider a listing in an Online Directory for your brand or local business are the online visibility and your business' competitors.

It is not a secret that the Search engines' results pages (aka SERP) matter for your brand's online presence.

Having your business - large or small in several popular online business directories guarantees better online visibility for your company or local business and certainly- a good chance your brand to be noticed quickly by more potential clients or customers.

Besides- many people search for businesses directly by using any of the popular search engines, but many others are likely to visit an online directory to find more relevant, specific, and detailed results.

This is why the presence of your brand or company on some of the online directories we are going to mention here is a must.

The Best free directories for Your Business

This list of free directories includes all of the most popular online business directories that are not niche related and are suitable for any kind of business, regardless of the location because they are global, rather than the local business directories.

Business listings in these relevant online listing directories are free, and all of them also offer the option for additional paid advertisements.

As we said above, citations can also improve local search engine rankings, so it is highly recommended your business to be included on as many as possible directories from the below online directories for business.

  • Google My Business;
  • Facebook for Business;
  • Yahoo Business;
  • Websst;
  • Yellow Pages;
  • LinkedIn;
  • Yelp;
  • Bing for Business;
  • Apple Maps;
  • Trustpilot Business;
  • Glassdoor;

The Best Niche-related Free directories for Your Local Business

Apart from the above global online business directories, niche-related or niche-specific directories can help.

For instance, if you own a restaurant, hotel or small retail shop, then you can always publish a listing in any of the above websites, but you should also consider popular niche-oriented directories such as:

  • TripAdvisor;
  • Foursquare;
  • Zomato;
  • Booking;
  • OpenTable;
  • Zagat;
  • The Infatuation;
  • UrbanSpoon;
  • Gayot;
  • Superpages;
  • GrubHub;
  • Seamless;
  • Menupages;

And some other popular citation websites for your business listing

On the other hand, if your business is related to software or physical products, then following niche-oriented business directories will be useful for your business:

  • TrustRadius;
  • Which?;
  • G2 Crowd;
  • CrunchBase;
  • Epinions;
  • Sitejabber;
  • Alternative-To;

In case you are local professional, home contractor or your company is providing various services like on-demand home services, then niche-oriented online directories such as these will be quite useful for your business:

  • Home Advisor;
  • WhoDoYou;
  • Thumbtack;
  • Porch;
  • Houzz;
  • Handy;
  • Nextdoor;
  • Bark;
  • Pro Referral;

Most Prominent Online business directories by Country

Here are some of the most popular online business directories, which will be quite beneficial for your business exposure and certainly will help you to improve its online visibility on the global Web:

Most Popular business directories in the USA

The below list contains some of the most prominent business directories, where you can publish a free listing of your local company or business.

Most Popular business directories in Canada

Find below a useful list with some of the most prominent online directories for your business in Canada:

Most Popular business directories in Australia

These are the most prominent citation sources and online directories to list your local brand or business in Australia:

Most Popular business directories in the UK

Now comes the time to share with you which are most important online business directories and citation sources in the United Kingdom, where you can post a free listing:

Most Popular business directories in New Zealand

Here is the place to mention the most prominent citation sites and business directories in New Zealand for your local business:

Most Prominent Online business directories by Continents

Below you can find the lists of most popular citation sources and online directories to promote your business by continents.

Most Popular business directories in Europe

If you are trying to find the most famous European directories where you can list your local business or company, here is the list of the best ones that deserve your attention and are suitable for local business citation:

Most Popular business directories in South America

These are the most popular online directories in Latin America where you can publish a free advertisement or a business listing about your local or small business:

Most Popular business directories in Africa

Below you can find a list of most prominent online directories in Africa if you'd like to post a free listing for your local company or business:

Are you looking for more?

I will soon include an article about the most popular directories in Europe, by countries where you can list your business for free.

At the end

Having your business advertised on any of the shared on here online directories for free and paid business listings will help your small or large local business to get more visibility on the Internet, thus increasing your chances to beat your competitors and get the first places in the search results on Google or any other search engine.

If you think that I have missed some of the essential online directories for online citations where you can publish a free business listing, please don't hesitate and let me know by sending me a message so I can include them in these freshly updated lists.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Natalie Galland


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