49 Free Web Directories for Building Backlinks

Shortly after launching this blog I went on a marathon backlinks building session and successfully submitted http://www.clambr.com to 49 free web directories!

Since then I’ve regularly updated this list to add more quality sites and remove anything that’s no longer free or has lapsed in quality. (The last update was on June 24, 2014).

Sure, directory submissions are very VERY boring, but they’re totally worth doing!

And submitting clambr.com to the free directories in this list was actually the first ever active link building exercise I did.

I chose to do this first because it can take months to get your submissions approved.

So after scraping the internet for free web directory lists I squeezed 76 potential candidates into an excel spreadsheet.

Most of the lists I found from Google searches were either duplicates or very out of date. The most up-to-date web directory list was one I found later just as I was finishing up submitting to the below directories – Top 100 free directory list.

Out of the 76 supposedly “FREE” directory submission sites I tried to submit to from my excel, 14/76 malfunctioned and 13/76 were not free at all! This left me with just 49 that had literally free options. Here they are:

49 Fully Functioning Free Web Directories

UPDATE: There are now 62 free directories in the list!

Directory Name Directory URL DA
Dmoz
Scrub the Web
Directory World
So Much
Jayde
R Directory
Dmoz.in.net
T Section
Free Website Directory
Wwwi
Vie Search
1 Abc
Business Seek
Cipinet
Directory My Link
Directory Fire
Pro Link Directory
Pedsters Planet
Amray
Gain Web
Link Book
The Web Directory
Scrabble Stop
Submission 4u
Suggest URL
Elite Sites Directory
Inteligentd
Linkpedia
1 Webs Directory
9 Sites
Synergy Directory
Wikid Web
247 Web Directory
Pi Series
PR3 Plus
Nexus Directory
The Net Directory
Linkdir
Best Free Websites
Suggest Site
Nipao
Sighber Cafe
Digg Directory
10 Directory
Vision Web Directory
Xysyst
SEO Free Links
Dir4uk
PR Web Link
Royal Link Up
Aditya Webs
Directory Books
Leading Link Directory
Answer Spots
SEO Up Link
Directories.cf
Good Useful Links
Vision Web SEO
UK Listingz
Web Apps Directory
Find Website
Local Success
dmoz.org
scrubtheweb.com
directoryworld.net
somuch.com
jayde.com
rdirectory.net
dmoz.in.net
tsection.com
freewebsitedirectory.com
wwwi.co.uk
viesearch.com
1abc.org
businessseek.biz
cipinet.com
directmylink.com
directoryfire.com
prolinkdirectory.com
pedsters-planet.co.uk
amray.com
gainweb.org
linkbook.pcgraphicsolutions.com
the-web-directory.co.uk
links.scrabblestop.com
submission4u.com
suggest-url.net
elitesitesdirectory.com
inteligentd.com
linkpedia.net
1websdirectory.com
9sites.net
synergy-directory.com
wikidweb.com
247webdirectory.com
piseries.com
pr3plus.com
nexusdirectory.com
the-net-directory.com
linkdir.info
bestfreewebsites.net
suggestsite.net
nipao.org
sighbercafe.com
diggdirectory.com
10directory.com
visionwebdirectory.com
xysyst.net
seofreelinks.com
dir4uk.com
prweblink.com
royallinkup.com
adityawebs.com
directorybooks.com
leadinglinkdirectory.com
answerspots.com
seouplink.com
directories.cf
good-useful-links.com
visionwebseo.com
uklistingz.co.uk
webappsdirectory.com
findwebsite.net
localsuccess.org
96
79
74
70
68
65
65
62
60
58
58
57
53
51
51
50
50
50
49
49
49
49
47
47
46
45
45
45
44
44
43
43
42
41
41
39
39
35
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33
32
32
31
29
28
27
27
27
26
25
25
25
25
23
23
22
21
21
20

 

I hope this list is helpful to your own backlink building efforts :)

IMPORTANT UPDATE: This was one of the first ever posts I published on this blog. The reason you found it on Google is because since then this blog has grown to become an authority site on link building and now ranks for a number of highly competitive keywords in the SEO niche:

Clambr Ranks Number One for Link Building Tools

The secret to my success has been down to using BuzzStream and Ahrefs, which were voted the best tools for link building by 55 SEO experts here.

I use Ahrefs to find out who’s linking to my competitors and BuzzStream to reach out to the webmasters and land links on the same pages!

If you want to learn how you can use these tools to build POWERFUL links to your site, click the big green button below to watch my advanced broken link building tutorial:

Watch My Tutorial

Are there any awesome free web directories missing from this list? Please post your recommendations in the comments below!

Comments

  1. says

    Thank you for the list :) I am just starting to build backlinks through directory listing, perfect timing.

    I just want to know, if do my website have a chance to be listed in their directory without signing-up to their reciprocal link. I am a bit worried to sign-up reciprocal links because a lot has said that it will hurt my SEO campaign.

    • Richard Marriott says

      Hey Joan, I think quite a few on the list give you the option of reciprocal link or not. Probably best to only do the reciprocal link for the ones with PR4 and above.

    • Richard Marriott says

      Thanks Jibran!

      It did take a rather long time to put together so I’m very grateful for your appreciation! Best of luck to your building!

    • Richard Marriott says

      You’re most welcome Marin!

      Yeah it’s always a struggle in the first two months after launching a new site. Hope the backlinks from these directories help a bit. Best of luck to you!

  2. says

    Thank you so much I needed backlinks badly for some of my sites…they were ranked #1 then they went to page #23….wow…these directories will help!

    P.S. when will i see results?

    • Richard Marriott says

      Hi Chase,

      Hope these directories help you then. You probably won’t see results for a while because the approval process for most of the above can sometimes take weeks, even months.

      Judging by how dramatically your site went from #1 to page #23 it looks like you might have been hit by Penguin.

      This post has some good advice on how to recover: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/recover-from-penguin/

  3. says

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    • Richard Marriott says

      I’ll be sure to add soon man. Just been hectic with work on my new niche site recently. Will update the list in a week for sure.

  4. says

    Nice list Richard however the reciprocal link thing is a turn off so I avoided those – I agree with you, it is tedious boring work doing site submissions but then again it isn’t as hard as breaking rocks.

    Do you know of a list of blogs with ‘follow’ linking – I would like to get some links from appropriate ‘relevant content blogs’.

    cheers,
    Mike

    • Richard Marriott says

      Hey Mike, yeah I have to agree with you on the reciprocal link thing. I might remove those at some point from the list because they’re not ideal. At least they’re still free though ;)

      I currently don’t have a list of blogs with follow linking. To be honest I’ve never really made blog commenting a part of my SEO strategy.

      But if you’d like a list of amazing authority sites you can get follow backlinks from along with loads of other nifty ideas I recommend you check out this post from Backlinko: http://backlinko.com/17-untapped-backlink-sources

  5. Henry says

    Hey..

    I have a bundle of web directories on different IP’s.
    You can submit your site here for a nominal fee.
    Rankwelldirectory.com
    Speeddirectory.net
    Directory4gudrank.com
    Directory4ranking.com
    Directoryking.net
    Prboosterdirectory.net
    Primproverdirectory.com
    Rankboosterdirectory.com
    Rankimproverdirectory.com
    Rankjumpdirectory.com

    • Richard Marriott says

      Hey Thomas, thanks for sharing your directory. I will check it out and add it to the list next time I update :)

  6. says

    That’s awesome Richard, thank you for sharing! I’ve just started building backlinks for the new main domain of my Thailand blog (Thailand Redcat) and your list is so useful as it does show all the totally free web directories and also their pagerank. Thanks for taking the time to share it!

    • Richard Marriott says

      Hey Stefan love your blog man! I’m a huge fan of Thailand too. Planning to move there in November ;)

    • Richard Marriott says

      Thanks for the recommendation Jack! It’s a quality directory so I’ve added it to the list.

  7. says

    Your webside with all that links is really helpfull!! So far I was looking for a english link list as I only had german links.

    Thank you very much and keep it up!!
    Dean

    • Richard Marriott says

      Hehe it can indeed be a lot of fun! Especially when you get a really good backlink on a nice site.

  8. says

    That’s awesome, thanks Richard for sharing! I have started searching for a list of free web directories since I have to build backlinks for my new main domain of my blog (Thailand Redcat) and indeed most of the articles are totally outdated and some of the mentioned directories are not free at all. I went through the first half today and it went pretty smooth, saved me so much time compared to if I did the search from scratch like you did. So thanks a lot again for sharing, cheers!

    • Richard Marriott says

      Hey Stefan you’re most welcome and thanks for your comment on Feb 20th too. Really sorry it took be so long to reply, and best of luck with your Thailand blog. You’ve got a new fan!

  9. says

    I really liked your link building article. I have some query. Can you suggest how frequently we need to submit our website to these directories ?
    Also is it advisable to submit only the homepage URL or individual posts also ?

    • Richard Marriott says

      Only submit your home page and only re-submit sites to the same directory if they weren’t approved the first time.

    • Richard Marriott says

      Thanks for your recommendation. I’ll check it out and if it’s above DA20 will add it to the list.

  10. says

    Nice site. Interface is clean, info provided is very useful. Thanks a lot buddy for providing these URLs. It would be great if you could provide some info on improving Google PR as well(to the mail id provided).
    Again, thanks a lot.

    Regards,
    Kamal
    http://www.soulsearch.in

    • Richard Marriott says

      You’re most welcome Kamal and thanks for your kind comments about my blog. For Google PR I’d simply advise you to try and get links from authority sites in your niche. That means building relationships with those site owners and persuading them to link to you. Cheers!

  11. says

    Your webside with all that links is really helpfull!! So far I was looking for a english link list as I only had german links.

    Thank you very much and keep it up!!

    • Richard Marriott says

      Hey Peter, thanks for your recommendations. I’ve added two of your suggestions to the list since they made the cut :)

    • Richard Marriott says

      If any of the directories in this list are no longer free please do let me know. I’ll remove them if they are. Cheers!

  12. says

    I tried this before, but I got tired of it after a while, but I guess with hard work it will work in the end! It is not easy, some do not work some work, but lets try get some backlinks!

    Also I bet you are tired after all hard work today, so here is a Joke from me I hope you enjoy:

    “What do you get when you put 50 lawyers in a room with 50 lesbians?
    One hundred people who don’t do dick.”

    • Richard Marriott says

      Sorry Harry, I’m not so sure about what to do with subdomains. I think Google counts them as different websites because sometimes a subdomain can be more popular than a root domain, so I guess you can probably submit the subdomain separately. Worth reading up about anyway mate.

  13. says

    Do you still believe free directories will help to improve your site traffic? I consider local business directories which provides lots of features with lead generation for backlinks. Here are the few i use most of the time for business post and free back link generation.

    1. Justdial
    2. Grotal
    3. AskMe
    5. DizyLocal

    • Richard Marriott says

      Hey Kavitha. Yeah I still believe they help (for a brand new site) and for someone who has limited knowledge of SEO.

      Thanks for those recommendations of local directories. Local ones are indeed great for local businesses. Maybe I’ll add a local directory section to this list in the future.

    • Richard Marriott says

      If you’re looking for quality links, the best thing to do would be to create a power page on your site. E.g. an ultimate guide to picking locks. Then promote it like crazy by emailing sites that have linked to similar articles.

    • Richard Marriott says

      Thanks for your suggestion Ilie. I’ll check that out and if it makes the cut will add it to the list!

    • Richard Marriott says

      Pressalink didn’t make the cut but I’ve added findwebsite.net because it has a DA above 20. Cheers.

    • Richard Marriott says

      Cheers for the suggestion Rick. Let me know when it’s DA20 or above and I’ll add it to the list.

    • Richard Marriott says

      Hey Mike thanks for the suggestion. I’ll add it if it makes the cut (DA20 or above). Cheers!

  14. says

    Hi Richard,

    Big thank you for sharing this knowledge. Great work you have done. When I started searching for web directories by myself I just gave up. So many inactive ones, so many pseudo-free ones…

    If I didn’t come across your post I would never start adding back-links to English versions of my sites…

    Again thanks a lot,
    Dobert

  15. says

    Thanks for the great list. I’m slowly making my way through them. Its worth remembering that when you fill out your site description, make it different for every site you submit through as this helps with spamming issues.

  16. says

    Hello!
    Thank you for making my life easy and providing all this directories list!
    I wish you every success in you business!
    Thanks!

  17. says

    This is a very good post for free back links submissions. very useful, will pass this link onto my business clients.

    I have used a website called seoclerks.com in the past one year, these guys have helped me so much with my seo work for my website.

    Richard what are your thoughts on seoclerks.com

    Mo

  18. says

    I have been looking for some good directories for the last couple of weeks, and think you have to quality resources inside of your post. Thank you for the quality amount of directory resources Richard…..

    Paul S..

  19. says

    Excellent resources! Seems this list is mainly for the US market. Now we have launched our own directory hvaclocal.com which focuses globally. By submitting your business here, it will get more exposure. No registration fee and membership fee! Having 500+ clients… just have a try… 

  20. says

    Thanks for the info. I will be bookmarking this for future resources! Like these directories, here is my new one to submit industry based business i.e. Hvaclocal.com. Submit your business here today for FREE!

  21. says

    Thanks Richard, a great list. This will keep me busy for couple of days. As of being a developer I am NULL about SEO and marketing. Could you please suggest me how can I market my Free to list Business Directory http://www.tradehunk.com, which I have developed for my own?

  22. says

    Thank for your contribution. But please can any one send me a good site I can pay to get backlinks, directories, and submit to search engine cheap amount.

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