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Must Have Directory Submissions

Directory submissions used to be a very big part of most search marketers traffic and link building efforts. That’s changed a great deal in the past few years or so but some directories are still important and have been consistent in their quality guidelines and ability to offer link/traffic benefit.

A short list of our favorite directories include:

In fact, it looks like Brian, Greg and the Best of the Web team are at it again with a special Halloween promotion. 15% off on any directory submissions to BOTW.org by October 31st and the chance to win a plasma HDTV.

If you’ve been to SES or Pubcon conferences, then you’ve definitley seen the ubiquitous black shirts from BOTW worn by their staff and conference attendees. In fact, if you go to an after-conference event, don’t be surprised if 25% of the people are wearing their “BOTW colors”. That kind of fan base doesn’t come from running a second rate directory.

Here are some additional resources on directories and directory submissions:

Lee Odden :@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on integrated content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely on a beach somewhere doing absolutely nothing.

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  • Hm.. Never pay attention to Directory submission until reading this. Thanks !

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  • Lee, good list. As mentioned above the only ones I'd add would be


    That's all. I guess that kills the other 4,573 other directories. :-)

  • I am one of the persons that encourage the directory submission. Maybe some of the easiest ways to promote to your website is to write articles and publish them in article directories and to submit your website to directories.

  • I Guess Business.com is shut down now, but there are few more which should be included like goguides.org, gimpsy.com, sevenseek.com, skaffe.com.

    So, far it is nice article.

  • This article and following comments have been very helpful. But is the cost of these directories really worth it for small businesses?

  • Directory submissions used to be a very big part of most search marketers traffic and link building efforts. Really it is true.

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