Paid web directories are a very good way of gaining strong one way backlinks to help with your SEO campaign. Unlike free directories which anyone can submit to in bulk, these paid directories have editor which will evaluate your website for quality and ensure it is in the correct category before placing a link with a description back to your website.
These selected paid directories can help push your website up the Google search results on Google as they are offer do follow links rather than nofollow which pass no value. You will find some pages have high page ranking within the directory so try and place your website in a relevant category that does for maximum effectiveness.
Google isn’t keen on paid links which can have a negative impact on your search engine ranking but they do accept value paid web directories that have editors who review a sites to ensure the website is to a good standard.
Below is a list of my suggestions for paid directories. Prices range from free to $299 a year and you should see an increase in your Google ranking after 3 months after your website has been accepted into the paid directory.
DMOZ was the original web directory and offered a lot of value to a website that was accepted. It can be tricky as the directory is free to submit to so they receive thousands of requests a week. I found contacting an editor of a particular category can help to get your link accepted. You should be able to find these details at the bottom of the page of relevant categories but may require a bit of research.
The original directory has now been closed but this link is to a duplicate of that site and still passes value to increase your Google search engine ranking if you are accepted.
The BOTW directory also know as The Best of the Web Directory is claimed to be the webs oldest directory. They are a very well known directory to digital marketeers and have an editorial review process of all submitted websites. They offer and yearly and a lifetime directory listing option with the ability to edit the links if needed later if your change your business description for example.
Business.com is a well respected business web directory that also offers advice on common business topics in the form of how-to guides. They are quite expensive but a worthwhile link.Promo code: ADI50 – $50 Off
The Jasmine paid directory has an editorial review process for website submissions. It has a very good MOZ score of 52 out of 100 so offers good value links to improve your Google search engine ranking. They offer express and standard links submissions. Express offers lifetime links and they appear above standard links as well as offering more value from links coming from higher value pages. Promo code: Reynolds – 20% Off
JoeAnt is a human edited directory and offer very good value. Each site is given an editor ranking of 1,2 or 3 bars with the best sites starting at the top. You can also signup as an editor. Free for Editors!
Hot vs Not is a general directory that reviews all websites before acceptance. They have been going over 8 years and offer a very good SEO newsletter. Highly recommended. Promo code: RD20 – 20% Off
One of the oldest web directories. Each site is checked to make sure they are Family-Friendly. Emblems can be added to your site to show your website meets their criteria. Many pages have high Pagerank
Well designed and easy to navigate directory that offers a unique rating system and thumbnail screen shots of website listings. All websites are reviewed before being accepted ensuring only quality sites are included. Highly recommended. Promo code: RDIGITAL15 – 15% Off
Respected web directory, been around for a long time. Well worth submitting to this directory as part of your SEO campaign.
General human edited 2nd tier Directory. Reasonably priced and also offers resources, how-to guides, marketing articles etc.Promo code: Reynolds – 20% Off
This is a unique directory in that it lists categories by the actions the websites offer. If your site is an interactive website, this is the ideal place to submit to.
Internet Crawler features a General web directory. Good PageRank of some pages in the directory, which is not crowded. Human edited, also offers a cheaper option using only your web.