Free Link-Building Directories to Jumpstart Your Search Engine Ranking

    by Rebecca Churt

    Date

    February 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM

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    Editor's Note: The contents of this articles are out of date. It remains live for posterity (hah, remember when people used link building directories?), but the advice is no longer current with Google's recommendations. If you'd like to stay up to date with the latest SEO trends, I recommend checking out this article.

    Links are the top metric by which search engines determine who you are and what you are about, and ultimately how you are ranked in search results.  In other words, links are your website's life line. A great way to jumpstart your link-building efforts to get that online vote of trust is to submit your business to directories, which is a great way to get your small business website on the map.

    Wondering how to get more inbound linksto your website, and where to start?

    Here’s a list of top link-building directories, which are all FREE resources to help you get started.

    Local Directories:

    Loopt.com
    Localeze.com
    Biglocal.com
    Openlist.com
    Outside.in
    BOTW.org/top/Regional/United_States
    Superpages.com

    Search Engine Local Business Listings:

    Yahoo.com, Google.com and Bing.com Local
    Getlisted.org (to double check if you’ve been listed)

    Blog Directories:

    DoFollowBlogs.com
    PlaceBlogger.com
    Bloglines.com
    Blogsearch.Google.com
    Technorati.com
    Blogged.com
    BlogCatalog.com
    Blogmarks.net
    MyBlogLog.com
    Zimbio.com

    Review and Rating Directories:

    Yelp.com
    Rateitall.com
    InsiderPages.com

    Directories not only help you get more inbound links but also bring in more qualified traffic and generate leads. As you add your business to directories, be sure to use very specific categories including location, industry-specific niches and anything else that makes you unique. Whether you are locally focused or have branches throughout the country, you should be listed where people are looking for you. Inbound links pointing to your site from other trusted sources on the Web are like people raising their hand to Google and saying, "You should pay attention to this one!"

    Photo Credit: Jurek Durczak

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