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Top 25 Local Business Directories

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Web Marketing Today. Practical Ecommerce acquired Web Marketing Today in 2012. In 2016, we merged the two sites, leaving Practical Ecommerce as the successor.

At Web Marketing Today, we talk a great deal about the value of claiming your business listing in local directories, such as Angie’s List and Yelp.

Local directories are important for three reasons:

  • They routinely appear in search results for local information;
  • A local search is often the last stop before a consumer takes action;
  • Without extensive SEO, your business stands a greater chance of being found by search engines via a directory than through your website.

Here is a list of twenty-five of the top directories — arranged alphabetically — where you can claim your listing. Most are free. In some cases, directories offer both free and premium listing services.

1. Bing Places for Business

Bing Places for Business

Bing Places for Business

Even though Bing owns less than ten percent of the search market, it is still used by millions of people. Bing Places for Business offers listing options for single and multiple-location businesses, as well as agencies that want to claim listings on behalf of their clients.

2. BizJournals.com

A service of American City Business Journals, a business news site, the BizJournals business directory offers free and premium listing options. Frequented by business executives, the site is particularly useful for business-to-business companies.

3. Citysearch

Citysearch partners with Infogroup, a data aggregator, for local business information. It offers an express update service that allows businesses to add or update listing data. However, typically, it takes one to two months for info to appear.

4. Dexknows

Dexknows

Dexknows

Powered by business listing service Dex Media, businesses can claim their listing for free by calling 1-877-433-9249. Paid promotional opportunities are also available.

5. Discover Our Town

One of the older services on the list, Discover Our Town provides comprehensive city guides that include travel information, area attractions, and restaurant listings for cities and towns across the United States.

6. eLocal

Started as a directory for lawyers, plumbers, roofer, electricians, and exterminators, eLocal now includes all major consumer-oriented business categories. Businesses can list for free, and advertising is available.

7. EZlocal

Companies can claim a listing by entering their phone number. EZlocal then searches its database to find the entry, should it exist. Unlisted businesses can create a new listing by completing a simple three-step process.

8. Foursquare

Foursquare for Business

Foursquare for Business

Formerly a site where customers could “check-in” to local businesses, Foursquare changed its model to resemble that of customer rating and reviews sites like Yelp. Businesses can add or update listing information via the business portal. Both free and premium services are available.

9. Google My Business

If there is just one site where you claim your listing, it should be Google My Business (GMB). With a search market share exceeding sixty-five percent, if your business can’t be found on Google, in the minds of many consumers, it just does not exist.

Read the article “Google My Business: What You Need to Know” to learn how to claim your GMB listing.

10. Judy’s Book

Most likely, you’ve heard of Angie’s List. Allow me to introduce you to Judy’s Book, a rating and review site that lets consumers add new business listings when they write a review. Companies that wish to list on the site must pay a monthly fee, which starts at $29.99 ($19.92 per month if paid annually).

11. Kudzu

Similar to Angie’s List, Kudzu lets consumers find service providers in their local area. Basic profiles contain contact information, the website address, and areas of service or specialties. Listings are free; advertising options are available as well.

12. Local.com

Local.com

Local.com

Local.com provides free listings for businesses across popular categories, including auto repair, food and dining, healthcare, professional services, and shopping services. In addition to business listings, the site includes local community events and activities. Local.com also partners with Yext, a fee-based directory listing service, offering premium plans that enable businesses to add or claim listings on other directories as well.

13. Magic Yellow

Fashioning itself as a type of “Yellow Pages,” Magic Yellow helps people find local business information, including user reviews, ratings, and maps. The site has more than 18 million businesses listed in its directory. Businesses can add or claim their listing at no cost.

14. Manta

One of the largest online resources dedicated to small business, Manta has a database consisting of individual companies, industry segments, and geographic-specific listings. The site also offers educational resources and promotional opportunities for small businesses.

15. Mapquest

Mapquest uses Yext for business information. However, companies that do not wish to pay for premium listings can contact the business support team to get a basic listing displayed on the site.

16. Merchant Circle

MerchantCircle

Merchant Circle

Merchant Circle bills itself as the largest online network of local business owners in the nation. It helps small businesses connect with other local businesses and reach local customers with free marketing tools and social media features.

17. Mojopages

Mojopages utilizes social data to help consumers find local businesses and guides users to those that are trending on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Businesses can claim an existing listing, but the ability to add new listings is still being implemented.

18. My Huckleberry

Primarily intended for use by service businesses, My Huckleberry offers local business listings and a recommendation engine that lets consumers ask others for suggestions and advice. Companies that list on the site can include their address, phone, website link, and photos.

19. Pushlocal

Pushlocal is a local directory that allows businesses to send real-time information such as deals, specials, and events to subscribers’ mobile devices. Businesses pay a monthly fee to use the service.

20. Superpages

Superpages

Superpages

Also powered by Dex Media, Superpages helps consumers find local business information, such as driving directions, hours of operation, website addresses, and customer reviews.

21. twibs

Unlike the other directories on this list, twibs is designed to help users find businesses that have a presence on Twitter.

22. Yellowbook

Owned by marketing company Hibu, Yellowbook offers both free and premium services. Businesses already in the directory can claim their listing, which gives them the ability to update information. Businesses must contact Hibu to add their listing, however.

23. Yellowbot

To claim a listing, businesses enter their phone number, which Yellowbot searches to find whether or not it resides in the database. Once found, Yellowbot offers the business either a free basic listing or a premium listing that, for $49 per month, provides an enhanced listing, free hosted website, and online reputation management.

24. YellowPages.com

YellowPages.com

YellowPages.com

We typically associate Yellow Pages with the traditional business phone book, but it is also an online directory where companies can claim their listing free of charge, update business information, and promote the business through the use of coupons. Advertising is also available.

25. Whitepages

Whitepages is a directory where people can search for information about individuals and businesses. Whitepages also uses Yext for business information but allows companies to add or update their listing for free through Express Update, the same service utilized by CitySearch.

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  1. Ivan S. May 13, 2015 Reply

    Great source. Thanks.

  2. Bryan Knight May 13, 2015 Reply

    Your xenophobia blinds you to the fact that your newsletter is not restricted to U.S.-only subscribers. But when the services you promote (e.g. the 25 local business directories) are restricted to Americans only don’t you think you might mention this so readers from outside the U.S. won’t waste their time?

    • Paul Chaney May 14, 2015 Reply

      Bryan, your point is well-taken. We will try to be mindful of that in the future.

  3. Lindsay Blair May 30, 2015 Reply

    Aspire-Canada also has a business directory for businesses to list their specific local region. It is also open to businesses in the US as well. The website is http://www.aspire-canada.ca

  4. Juan May 31, 2015 Reply

    I agree absolutely Bryan.
    Can not you please fetch us top directories outside USA?
    Thanks in advance,

  5. pravin July 6, 2015 Reply

    Thank for share of information ! But I see all sites is US based, That Good. Here on a free business Listing site http://www.nextbizdoor.com

  6. Oleg December 9, 2015 Reply

    Hi there! The description for each directory must be unique? I have a list of representatives of our company worldwide. So I collected database directories from all over the world and I want to place information about our representatives in each country (addresses will be theirs), but the URL will be of our general site.

    So, how do I make each of the descriptions unique? Or, can I write the same information about our company in each directory? Would Google penalize it in that case? I’ll be glad for any advice!

  7. trudy January 10, 2016 Reply

    you can also register on http://www.starreviews.co.uk which is a free uk business directory which allows consumer feedback and reviews within the free listing.

  8. mark ruthenberg February 25, 2016 Reply

    You may want to add the FoundLocally.com directory to your listing of sites. It a Canadian-focused directory, that has been serving 30 communities across Canada since 1999. We have well over 100,000 businesses and locations in the directory. and listing let businesses post news, events, jobs, and coupons also for free. The web marketing blog (at blog.FoundLocally.com) has industry-specific tip sheets for 60 popular sectors.

    Many growing and worldwide businesses have locations in Canada…
    We also chuckle at the SuperPages slogan in your screen capture, because we;ve had the SearchLocally.com domain since 199 as well.(thanks for the traffic, SuperPages!)

  9. Brian Killeen April 20, 2016 Reply

    Hey guys thanks for the info only one suggestion is why have top 25 Free directory sites listed alphabetically? I think it would be much more accurate if they were listed as Page Rank

    Just saying Cheers Brian

  10. Juliet April 29, 2016 Reply

    Thanks a lot!
    Do you know any others listings I can add my site http://southfloridasalon.com/

  11. Chris Anicich May 17, 2016 Reply

    All 100% on the Money! Thanks Chris
    And informative to me, a seasoned pro.

  12. Farrah Deeba May 27, 2016 Reply

    I second the point of view of Bryan Knight and also appreciate your response on this. Let me take the advantage here to introduce a startup local business directory for the market of Pakistan: http://www.atyourservice.pk. I would appreciate your as well as anybody’s comments please.

  13. BoxOx June 11, 2016 Reply

    Paul,

    This list is much appreciated. And it provides detailed information about the directory service and most are located within the USA :). Definitely a great listing source for our PEO business to use here at https://www.BoxOx.com. Google will appreciate these well ranked links.

    Best Regards,

    BoxOx

  14. Morris June 26, 2016 Reply

    Helpful list of business directories; I did use a few to add the site alohaelegant.com

  15. GrowBusiness July 24, 2016 Reply

    For Singapore Business directory – growbusiness.sg

  16. Tony Perez July 24, 2016 Reply

    Great source of communication, can you add this directory on your list http://www.yellowhoo.com

    Thanks
    Tony

  17. Mohit Bardia July 27, 2016 Reply

    Use Zofind.com , Best Local Business Information Providing Website

  18. Gongago August 3, 2016 Reply

    Another directory that is %100 FREE: http://gongago.com Add your listing for free and have total control over it! Includes photos, website link, details + much more. Add a deal and they will help market it for you!

  19. GeoConnect August 12, 2016 Reply

    GeoConnect is newly launched business directory listing with more than one million business listing and growing
    http://geoconnect.biz/

  20. Smartlinks August 24, 2016 Reply

    Hi I want to add my site http://smartlinks.ca on local business directories, How can I Do?

  21. Amit Negi August 26, 2016 Reply

    you can also register on http://www.findmetop.com/ which is a free business directory which allows consumer feedback and reviews within
    \the free listing.

  22. amplesearch September 7, 2016 Reply

    i saw the business listings websites list on your wbsite all websites are very good websites. please update your list and add my website http://www.amplesearch.co.uk/ it is the very good website for business listing.

  23. Neeraj Singh October 7, 2016 Reply

    The list you provide is beneficial for local busisnesses.But my website is in india http://www.24techsupport.in/. can i submit to these directories.

  24. Sabrina December 21, 2016 Reply

    Hi there! I strongly recommend Lynkos.com. It’s FREE and has businesses registered from all over the world!

  25. Robert Hubert December 28, 2016 Reply

    Hi,Paul

    To be honest the given list is mostly applicable for the USA,hence the title is not very accurate.
    If you dont mind I would add to the few of the given local business directories,which can be used worldwide : customerso (http://www.customerso.com/business_pages),because it can be used worldwide-same as yelp,google,bing and linked in.

    Regards:Rob

  26. Thoufeeq December 31, 2016 Reply

    Arabiantalks is a leading business directory of middle east. Free register and no need of credit cards.
    http://www.arabiantalks.com

  27. Micky January 24, 2017 Reply

    Why not you try to submit your business to http://www.apnapindi.com

  28. Kathy Edowrd February 8, 2017 Reply

    This article was very helpful… Great List for those who are looking for business listing websites. Also include http://www.uslocals.net/ in this list.

  29. ajay kumar February 27, 2017 Reply

    this is very nice and unique collection of business directory sites in this list add this new one for usa business directory site with great features…… http://businesspkr.com/

  30. smithmark May 8, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for sharing an awesome list of business directory. really it is helpful for all. please find this http://www.tuffclicks.com/. it’s global free business directory.

    Thanks

  31. Mike Smith May 18, 2017 Reply

    Great collection Paul!!
    Eclickd.com is also a FREE USA based business listing site, so please add it to your list.

  32. Naomi Tarini July 22, 2017 Reply

    Hi Paul,

    Must say thanks to you for this useful & excellent post will defiantly share and recommend to all keep share your posts !!!

    Please also add this free USA based local listing site on your list ~ http://ntdirectory.com