Finding free business listing sites that will display your information is an important factor that many people overlook. If you want to receive the maximum potential of traffic to your website, but you’re not utilizing these free directories then you may be missing out.

A good portion of directories are completely free to use and they also give you a backlink to your website. This helps justify in Google’s eyes that you really are who you say you are because when you have dozens of other websites saying the same thing, it gives you more credibility. Think of it like this, just about anyone can make a website and say that they own or are running a business but if Google has no record of your website/business they aren’t just going to give you rankings over someone else who already has credibility in their eyes. To learn more about different marketing strategy, read this post on Adinfusion.com.

Now that I’ve explained the credibility factor of submitting your website and business profile to free business listing sites, I want to go over another big benefit of this. Some of these business directories rank very high in the search engines, even the number one spot at times. If you so happen to be listed on a site such as Manta.com and they show up in the first position for the keyword phrase “auto repair shop” it can help you get more exposure which is basically free to you (except for the time spent on creating your profile). I’m not sure about you, but I think this can be almost as good as word of mouth advertising because you’re really getting free business leads.

Enough about why you should take advantage of free business listing sites, now I’m going to show you my 10 favorite directory sites that I use.

Top 10 Free Business Listing Sites:

  1. Google Places – Google owns the majority of market share on search engines, why not use them to your advantage?
  2. Bing Business Portal – Bing is a major player in search engines and should not be overlooked.
  3. Yahoo Local Listings – While many people say that Yahoo’s future is dim, it is still widely used by people everywhere.
  4. DMOZ – Open Directory Project is a must!
  5. MasterMoz – Building a Community of Credible Websites.
  6. Manta – Manta.com has become one of the most widely used and recognized business directories for the USA.