Pretty much everyone that does search engine marketing has heard about DMOZ, BOTW, and the Yahoo directory. There are thousands of similar directories too.
You may have your website listed in some of the better ones, you may have been rejected by others, and you might also be missing some.
Here are a few that you should try submitting to if you haven’t already.
Web Design Galleries
There are also lots of general web design blogs and websites so if you have a great looking design you should contact those sites too. It could mean a lot of links.
Business Card Directories
There are even banner ad galleries too and pretty much anything to do with design or software. Jot down a quick list of the different types of software, CMS, and products you used and go chase the fanboys for those types of products. You’ll find links!
State, Country, & City-specific Directories
The best thing about city directories is that only people in your city can get in. If your competitor doesn’t live in your city then they wont be able to get those links.
There are lots of places to find location specific directories:
You can also just search: “‘Your City’ web directory” or similar queries and it should return some nice results for you.
Don’t be afraid to spend a few dollars either. Many of the local and regional directories are free or under $10 so it should be worth your time.
Niche Specific Directories
There are lots of niche directories out there. You might have to do a bit of digging but you should be able to find a stack of them for your niche.
Sometimes you just need to query Google. For example, if I have a Mustang website, I would query “Mustang Web Directories” or “Mustang Websites” and it would return sites like this: http://www.mustang-power.com/mustangpower/directory/mustang-sites.htm or this: http://www.autossquare.com/Ford_Mustang.html – both of these sites might link out to another Mustang website.
Try compiling the list first then contacting or submitting to the directories. Otherwise you might get sidetracked.
There are directories and lists of websites for almost any niche… you just need to find them first!
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