Top 25 Most Powerful Web Directories List

by Paul Teitelman November 4th, 2008 

Traduction francaise: Liste des 25 Répertoires les Plus Puissants sur la Toile

So after getting a fair amount of feedback on my last series I decided it was finally time to offer a "Top 25 Most Powerful Web Directories" list. Now this comprehensive web directories list isn't set in stone, and will probably need to be updated on 3-month intervals, but it does cover a good majority of the top paid directories you should initially target to submit your site(s) too.

Now I don't usually offer such specific details on link building resources; personally I prefer to provide general tips and then let the viewer read between the lines and extract my key points, but in this case I just felt that I should provide a quick and powerful directory list to follow up my three part series on directory submissions. Only seems fitting. And with the potential power of directories for SEO currently in hot debate, I thought that it was the right time to unleash this list. (For the record; yes they are still powerful!)

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Now, there are a lot of great directories that aren't on this list because they are either too expensive for my blood (BOTW, Yahoo! Directory) or it just takes way too long to get approved (DMOZ, Illumirate) when you're looking for a quick boost for your site(s). So without much further ado, here is a list of the top 25 most powerful directories:

1.) Family Friendly Sites
2.) Incrawler
3.) Kahuki
4.) Greenstalk
5.) Rakcha
6.) Joeant
7.) Splash Directory
8.) Goguides
9.) Enquira
10.) ALS Links
11.) Clush
12.) Octopedia
13.) Info Listings
14.) Skaffe
15.) Global Weblinks
16.) Links 2 Go
17.) Dmoz Zilla
18.) Gimpsy
19.) Global Link Networks
20.) Business Directory
21.) Zorg Directory
22.) TWD
23.) Data Spear
24.) World Site Index
25.) Most Popular Sites

If you feel there is any directory which I overlooked (or have any questions about the list or any of the specific directories for that matter) please feel free to write a comment about it and I will do my best to respond to you and answer your inquiries! Happy searching!

Traduction francaise: Liste des 25 Répertoires les Plus Puissants sur la Toile

Paul Teitelman

I'm a SEO Manager here at SEP and am responsible for overseeing the organic ranking of clients for their major keywords. When I'm not in front of computers my main passions are drumming, hockey and hanging out up north at my cottage in Muskoka.

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90 Responses to “Top 25 Most Powerful Web Directories List”

  1. I think you missed a very valuable directory, The librarians' Internet Index (http://www.lii.org/). It is difficult to get into, however, it has a lot of value for those that make it.

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  3. Great list here :-) Thanks for taking the time to compile it.

  4. Eric says:

    Interesting list, but I also like http://www.AllBuziness.com

    Interesting business oriented directory that is organized well.

  5. Michael D says:

    This is a great list, especially if you have a new site. There's a bunch of these directories I was not aware of. The whole series has been helpful, thanks!

  6. Utah SEO says:

    Good list. I added 'em to my Excel document. Thanks

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  8. Paul Teitelman says:

    Hey all,

    Really glad you're getting some value from the list!

    Special thanks to Stephen and Eric for providing some great feedback by adding more powerful directories to the list!

  9. Hugh Briss says:

    The problem with directories is that most all of them require a recip link which isn't as good as a one way link. Also, the page your link goes on will almost always have no PR so you get no PR benefit.

  10. I think it's important to always consider which page you're going to end up on, check the cache date, how many links on it etc before jumping.

  11. John Eden says:

    Hi,

    I think you overlooked a few very strong web directory's including http://www.LoboLinks.com http://www.AuthorityDirectory.com
    http://www.AvivaDirectory.com
    http://www.Dirjournal.com

    Regards

    John

  12. Printer says:

    Thanks for sharing……just what I needed.

  13. aniroy1986 says:

    it would hav been more helpful for the newbies if u hav published specially the free topmost directories.
    but after all, great work :-)

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  15. Now that's pretty sweet. I have been using this semi-automated directory submission software for a while now and I am still for directory links, but this post helps me to narrow down even more the ones I should use (or make sure I use) in the future.

    Thanks.

  16. Judit says:

    Very useful list indeed. Now lets check which one is paid and free, and start with submissions :)

  17. Matt Brooks says:

    Great list here. Will you be adding more in the future?

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  19. SEO Agency says:

    Great post, we're in agreement with the majority of those directories. I would also recommend BOTW as they are quite established.

  20. Freewarez says:

    This list comes in handy. Bookmarked your post! Thank you

  21. seo says:

    nice list! thx! besides, only one can tell the useful dir based on its own experience

  22. Paul Teitelman says:

    @Hugh.. All of these directories are not reciprocal, and you're right about the sub-page PR I wrote about it in one of my opening posts on the series.

    @Foot… Good point about cache date; also covered this in the series.

    @Matt… Unfortunately no, this was a one time freebie!

    @SEO… You're right about BOTW, but like I said it's one of the most expensive directories out there.

    @John… Thanks for the additions, went ahead and fixed the link for authority directory even though it's a PR 0. Either way; hope you were able to get some good value out of the list as well!

  23. PDFoxy says:

    This is what I have been looking for! Thanks for list

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  25. heman says:

    Directory #13 seems to be dead. clicked on add listing and returns an error.

  26. greg says:

    "You’re right about BOTW, but like I said it’s one of the most expensive directories out there."

    You get what you pay for.

  27. Thomas Baugh says:

    Cheers for the list Paul. I've saved it and am certainly going to try it out with one of my sites.

    I've never really given directories the time of day, mainly because I can write articles incredibly fast and get them submitted in the same amount of time it takes to fill in the forms for directories.

    What I do wonder is how much of a boost will these directories realistically offer? Any examples you can share or point me to?

  28. Metaspring says:

    There are a lot of those that I was not aware of, so thanks for putting together that list.

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  31. Paul Teitelman says:

    @heman… the link works fine try it again!

    @greg… Sure, but instead of submitting to BOTW you could submit to 3-4 of these directories; think about it.

    @Thomas… In terms of specific examples to show you the power of directories; no. In terms of boost power it all depends on the competitiveness of your keyword.

    Don't get me wrong article syndication is great; but doesn't offer nearly as much power as some of these directories do. My advice? Supplement your current article writing/syndication with a few directory submissions a week; you'll get a strong boost in no time!

  32. SEOByHand says:

    I disagree with the fact about sub directories and their pr. If the page is indexed in google, it will always pass a certain amount of link rep. If the page is relevant and it is indexed, submit it, you will get something out of it I assure you.

  33. SEOByHand says:

    Oh yes, and you have missed out one majot directory in my eyes, although it is a little pricey, in the Yahoo range. http://www.business.com it costs 299 per year but is very valuable if you can get in the right page.

  34. Paul Teitelman says:

    @SeoByHand… Finding a sub-category with PR is like finding a needle in a haystack. So you're right in saying that you should still submit to sub-categories with no PR.

    Business.com is obviously powerful, I didn't include it because it's too expensive for most client's budget. Instead of spending $300 for one year on business.com you could get around 10 permanent listings off this list. Kind of a no-brainer if you ask me :)

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  36. Jerry Okorie says:

    Great list here. Thanks for taking the time to compile it.

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  39. Claus says:

    Hello Paul. Just wanted to say thanks for mentioning my directory Global Weblinks on your great list. It is lovely to hear some of the users find it useful and strong. We work hard to review and approve sites ASAP 24/7 and the users love this. (I know I do)
    One of the good secrets to have a strong directory is to be a bit critic on the submissions. Some dir owners just approve everything if they get paid, while we actually reject quite a lot due to low quality.. In the long run they will ruin their own directory with this.
    Also the trick to clean/review the directory at regular basis (check all sites if they are the same as when submitted – scammers/spammers come in all sizes).
    You mention a couple I didn't know so will give them a look.
    Thanks again

  40. Shavkat says:

    Thanks for including Kahuki.com into this list, Paul!

  41. Paul Teitelman says:

    @Claus…

    Thanks for taking the time to provide some in-depth perspective from the directories' owner side. Really appreciate it as it offers our readers a great and unique insight!

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  43. Desk Coder says:

    Here we go. Finally a list of directories that is actually useful.

  44. leon says:

    yet another nice list of useful directories list for me to submit :)

  45. Finance says:

    That is a great list of powerful directories but some of them require you to pay a fee to join in. How about Topofblogs, Topblogarea?

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  47. Paul Teitelman says:

    @leon/desk coder… Glad you enjoyed the post!

    @Finance.. You're right, these are all paid (some have free option but good luck getting approved in a timely fashion). Topofblogs and topblogarea are good but they are for blogs only and aren't general web directories.

  48. James says:

    Good list. and yes.. Yahoo is too expensive!

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  50. There are a lot of directories that i have overlooked in the past. Thanks for this comprehensive list, however i will still do an analysis on each one to ensure they are relatively safe to be listed on.
    Rif Chia

  51. Cool list. Let's not forget DMOZ, you can't buy your way in there though!

  52. Jack Clarke says:

    Great list, thanks. I'd like to see a list of top 25 article submission sites that have good PR, dofollow and free. Thanks again.

  53. Vol Cars says:

    Thanks for the list. They are of really of extremely high quality. I have checked out most of the sites and got links almost of $350. I hope these are beneficial for me. Thanks again…

  54. Michael says:

    Thanks for the list. We use most of the directories listed and they are top quality. Someone else mentioned Aviva, LoboLinks, AuthorityDirectory and DirJournal – top directories as well!

    Here are a few more that we used and they are excellent:

    http://www.AllyDirectory.com
    http://www.Zyas.com
    http://www.2yi.net
    http://www.Romow.com

    Hope this helps :)

  55. Skin Care says:

    Thanks for mentioning the top 25 directories for submission. It is really helpful for me. I added this list to my list of directories. And one thing if u has published than it is very good and helpful for me. You really did a great job as a lot of time required to compile the most powerful list of directories. Great work and thank you for it.

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    This is another great directory for conscious businesses.

    http://www.bizlightenment.com

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  60. Useful if you're looking for paid listings. Do you have any experience with any of them other than just listing them? It would be nice to have an idea of the general price/performance value of each of them.

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  62. fun info says:

    Agree. Yahoo is so expensive and Dmoz is hard to get approved. Thanks for powerful directories list.

  63. Brett Muscio says:

    Hi Paul,

    This list has been quite useful, especially when you seek out ones which haven't been overcrowded yet.

    The ones on this list that I found to be the most beneficial so far have been clush, incrawler, joeant and splashdirectory.

    Do some of these directories only allow PR to some categories on their site?

    Brett

  64. jc says:

    All but two of these are pay-only directories. Kinda bogus.

  65. Great list, and if you include these directory list with PR it makes Superb List :D

  66. seo says:

    thanks for this great list. do you have something like that especially for germany too? or doesnt it matter from where you get the backlinks even if you wanne rank high just in germany?

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  68. Lou says:

    Great list! Check out Stumpedia.com also.

  69. I tried some of them, what a pity, they were not free.

  70. Todd says:

    FYI — Global Weblinks looks like they nofollow the listings.

  71. Claus says:

    @ Todd: Only the outgoing links from the category pages are nofollow – links from detailpages are Dofollow – The directory is custom built and tweaked over the years. – read more about the thoughts here: http://www.clausheinrich.com/usage-of-relnofollow-on-directories-its-not-all-bad/

  72. A good list, but there's quite a lot of pay sites on there

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  76. Mohammed says:

    for someone like me, paying directories is not an option. I guess these would be mostly businesses trying to get in these directories.

  77. Blog SEO says:

    I personally believe that directories are undervalued these days. Of course, they do not help as much as they used to. But if you can find a way to get cheap (or free) posts, then do so. Great list! Thanks

  78. Ruud Hein says:

    @Mohammed Depending on what you do with a site, paying for inclusion can be, and often should be, an option.
    If you make money from your site or plan to, investing in directory submissions certainly can be worth it.

  79. Great List I also found a directory that hasn't been listed

    I have a few of them already. Not all, thanks for saving me the time searching for valuable directories. Have it all right here

    Thanks

    megan

  80. Addiction says:

    Wow. I just found this post. I wish I would have spotted it earlier but better late than never. I am in the addiction field and for addiction treatment this list of directories is crucial to getting the word out about recovery. Thanks very very much for the help.

  81. Thanks for the great list. But I don't think I can afford that much money. Do you have a list of free yet powerful web directories? Maybe you can do that with your next post!
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  82. Danielle says:

    There's a bunch of these directories I was not aware of. The ones on this list that I found to be the most beneficial so far have been clush, incrawler, joeant and splashdirectory. It would be nice to have an idea of the general price/performance value of each of them.

  83. James says:

    Great list some there I'd not seen of. I know DMOZ is free but 6 months to never waiting list is ridiculous! SE's shouldnt put so much empasis on DMOZ anymore.
    .-= James recently posted: Link Building =-.

  84. Most of the directories are not free. Is it possible to get free directories with good page rank, since i can't afford to pay for the inclusion of my site.

    your answer is welcome

  85. GTA 5 says:

    Great Web directories list! Thanks for sharing :)
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  86. Steve says:

    I've never really given directories the time of day, mainly because I can write articles incredibly fast and get them submitted in the same amount of time it takes to fill in the forms for directories. Thank you for the information that you post.

  87. Kirk says:

    Very good list "top 25 most powerful directories", thanks for sharing…