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Free High Ranking Directories for SEO
Boost your Website's PR with Directory Submissions
To optimize your website to rank highly in search, you need two things: fresh, quality content and great backlinks.
Interesting and useful content will create traffic and a low bounce rate, greatly improving your ranking. Yet great content is often not enough on its own. You'll also need great backlinks.
An excellent way to get these great backlinks is to submit your site to high ranking, quality directories. While paid directories like Best of the Web and Business.com are among the best directories, they are not within everyone's budget. So below you'll find several high ranking free directories. Since the page rank of a site is no longer information Google shares with us, I'm using Majestic Trust Flow as an indicator of ranking.
But a word of caution, while high ranking directories will give you a boost in search results, spammy directories or automated submission to hundreds or thousands of directories will set you back on Google and other search engines, especially after the latest Penguin updates.
The best free directory is dmoz which you'll find in the links below, along with some good to excellent other directories to give you a headstart.
It's better for your SEO if you don't have a reciprocal link, so none of these require one.
- DMOZ - The Directory of the Web
DMOZ is an Open Source and volunteer managed and editted directory. It is considered one of the best links to have in your portfolio. Since DMOZ is volunteer run, you often have to wait a long time until your submission is reviewed. Trust Flow = 81,
- SoMuch.com Link Directory
This directory is awesome. It's as high ranking as many expensive directories but is free. I often buy a listing there to hurry the submission process. The owner is easy to contact. Trust Flow = 68.
- Sun Wukong Directory
This is a high ranking directory. It only takes top-level domains so don't submit other pages. I really wanted to get more authority to my SEO page but got a blue warning in Chinese with my IP listed. I might be blacklisted there. Trust = 60.
- Site Promotion Directory
Despite its dated look and its keyword stuffed description, this directory still has some oomph. Trust Flow = 44.
- Product and Services Free Ads Gratis
This directory has a filter which bans your IP for a week for any slightly negative words such as "discourage" or "virus", even to promote a positive idea. But try again. You'll need to modify the listing to make your link active. Trust Flow = 38.
- High Rank Directory
High Rank Directory may seem like it needs a facelift but it is still a free moderately high ranking site that is easy to submit to. It's Majestic Trust Flow for the http: version is 38.
- ElecDir - Electronics and Electrical Web Directory
This is a specialty directory for Electronics and Electrical businesses and information. Trust Flow = 29.
- Pegasus Free Web Directory
Pegasus is old fashioned directory that used to have a higher ranking. I like the look and feel but never see its backlinks in Google Search Console or backlink tools. I'm not sure they allow indexing by Google. Trust Flow = 26.
- Amfibi | Business Directory You Can Trust
This is a directory with a very nice feel to it. The website seems slick and fast in a good way. You have to register first, a painless process, and respond to an email and then you can submit your site. Trust flow = 36.
- Re-QUEST dot Net (tm) - Online library of internet and reference resources
Today's directory for tomorrow's Internet. Internet and reference resources. If it's not here, it's not worth click! Re-QUEST dot Net. Trust flow 30.
- Active Search Results Search Engine
Active Search Results (ASR) is an independent Internet Search Engine using a proprietary search engine ranking technology. All search results are provided by ASR's internal indexes and databases without relying on outside resources or third party sea
- Free Directory, Your SEO Help - ProLinkDirectory
A SEO friendly free link directory where you can find best sites selected by hand and sorted by category. For webmasters, the submission is fast and painless.
- Zorkk Directory
HubPages is the best place to discover and create original, in-depth, useful, media-rich articles on topics you are passionate about. All for free.
Canadian Link List
- Profile Canada Home
ProFile Canada is Canadian business directory that looks professional and is PR6. It is also free and easy to submit to.
- CanadaOne Business Directory
This is another really high ranking Canadian directory. It is PR6 and super easy to submit to.
- Found Locally Directory
This is a free business directory with PR5 and lots of local community information. We found it easy to submit to and it even has a trust flow from Majestic of 32.
- Local Sites Ca
A Canadian directory, only PR3 but very easy to submit to.
- CanadUrl Canadian Link
This is only PR3 and it isn`t free, but it is only $2.00 and so almost free, and very easy to submit to, even with a visit to Paypal in the mix.
- Canadian Business Listing
This directory looks promising but is difficult to submit to. We have a Canadian IP address and street address but can't get listed. If you're a Canadian online business without a street address, which is more common now, they won't list you at all.
- Calgary Business Directory
A Calgary business directory showcasing and listing businesses located in Calgary. The downside is that it isn't free but costs $20 for one year.
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Do you know of any high ranking directories I should add?