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8 Web Directories to Get .ORG Backlinks

Updated on April 6, 2013

Backlinking & .ORG Web Directories

Web directories are commonly used by websites owners and SEO experts as a part of their backlinking strategy. However, not all of them have the same power, and not all links obtained from web directories can be considered quality ones. Although it hasn't been officially confirmed, SEO specialists tend to agree that .org and .edu backlinks are more likely to help your website than the others. Here are 8 places where you can get .org backlinks:

Images credit - screenshots of the respective web directories.

What is Directory Submission?

I am sure you have already heard of directory submission. A key component of any SEO strategy and a great way of getting backlinks for your website, directory submission should not be ignored by any webmaster. If you are only a beginner, watch this video to understand what is a directory submission, why it is important to do it and to get some examples of web directories (most of them free of charge). Then, continue reading this lens for a list of .org web directories you should submit your website to.


Also known as the Open Directory Project, Dmoz relies on volunteer work in order to organize the web better. All SEO experts will agree that a backlink from Dmoz is a high quality one. It weighs greatly within your website's SEO score and that it will help increase your pages' online visibility. While the quality guarantee comes from the humanly edited submissions, there is also a downside: it might take up to a few months to see your home page's URL featuring the directory.


Another opportunity to get a .org backlink for free, Allthewebsites has a user friendly interface. You will be required to create an account, activate it and submit your URL. The acceptance procedure can last from 4 to 8 weeks. However, your website has to fulfill a set of criteria in order to be accepted. For instance, too many affiliate links might be a reason for rejection.


While Allthewebsites only recommends reciprocal linking, ScireBuilders make it a compulsory requirement. This is if you want to have your PR 4 backlink for free. However, taking into consideration the latest Google updates, you might worry that reciprocal links will hurt your SEO. If this is the case, you will have to pay $19.95 for a standard link or $99.95 for a premium linked. The latter will be featured on the directory’s most visited pages.


Another web directory that requires webmasters to link back to them if they want a free submission, Ctap7 have 3 paid membership options. They have yearly rates, which go higher as the number of deep links you want to submit increases.


This web directory also provides a tired submission scheme. However, they do not require reciprocal linking. Their strategy goes towards offering supplementary options to their premium members: deep links, website reviews and accelerated inclusion. If you only want to gain a backlink towards your homepage, you can have it for free.


Paying a one-time fee ranging from $40 to $90, you can get a quality backlink towards you homepage, but also to a number of other pages. The amount of deep links you can submit depends on the membership plan you opt for. All submissions are verified and approved by human editors. Therefore, your money is well spent.


They have a good Alexa ranking and an impressive number of categories. If the amount of ads on their home page does not put you off, go ahead. They provide free URL and articles submission.


With a wide range of categories, Ace Directory helps your website gain more targeted traffic. You will be provided an HTML code to insert into your own website as a condition for your submission. An interesting feature is that Ace Directory belongs to a whole network of web directories. Check the links on the bottom of their home page for more backlinking options.

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    • Girlwiththorns profile image

      Girlwiththorns 4 years ago

      I am still learning about SEO and this is very helpful... Thanks :)

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Looks like an interesting list. Many of these are new to me.

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      mihaelaschwartz1 5 years ago

      @MBurgess: I figured since I have been reading about it, why not share it. Thanks!

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I'm overwhelmed at the moment with all the to-do things on my list. This is one of the items I am curious about. Thank you for posting this helpful page! AND Thank you for visiting one of my lenses. (bug in comment box prevented me from thanking you properly!)