Some Paid SEO Website Directories

One of the factors search engines go off of to rank your site in their results is the number of inbound links from relevant sites that point to to your site.  To a search engine, an inbound link from another website is like a sign that says what your website is about. The more relevant websites that link to your site, the more reputable it is to the search engines.

For example, if there were a thousand links to my website that said Atlanta Web Design from relevant websites, then chances are that I would be on the first page of Google, Bing, and Yahoo for the search term, Atlanta Web Design.  So what kind of sites are relevant websites?  Website directories.

Website directories are nothing more than websites that link to other websites.  The links are arranged by categories and subcategories.  For example, my website would most likely be listed under Businesses –> Internet –> Web Design –> Web Designers, however, the categories and subcategories differ in each directory.

Some directories are free and some are paid.  Most of the free directories ask for a reciprocal link back to their website.  After all, there is no such thing as free.  They need some benefit for linking to you.  Personally, I’d rather pay the directories and not have to worry about linking back to them.  Also, I get my websites reviewed way faster when I pay.  Usually, my submissions are approved within 24 hours.  Some directories charge a one-time fee, and some directories charge you a yearly fee.

Most directories are human edited regardless of whether they are paid ones or free ones, so you won’t be able to get away with stuffing your link title and description with a bunch of keywords.

Here are a few directories that you could start off with:

  • JoeAnt (Google PR 6) – $39.99 one-time
  • (Google PR 6) – $8.95 one-time
  • DMEGS (Google PR 5) – $9.95/year or free with reciprocal link
  • Gimpsy (Google PR 5) – $49 one-time
  • (Google PR 4) – $25/year for a featured link

These are reputable directories that won’t break the bank. For more SEO directories, check out my page of SEO resources.

What does Google PR stand for?  Google PR stands for Google PageRank.  PageRank ranges from 0 to 10.  Sites like Facebook and even MySpace have a PageRank of 9.  My site?  Right now, it is at 3 although it was at 5 at one point.  I aim to get back to a 5 again.


  1. John Hogan on August 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Hi. Is it okay to copy/paste your peferred links as you show on your page to our Resources page at our service somewhere? I would give YOU credit back to YOUR SITE in return of course (cant hurt).. Let me know..

  2. Jackie on August 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I am curious what you charge for your services?

  3. Tom Nguyen on August 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    That would be fine, John. Thanks.

  4. John Hogan on August 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I created this page: let me know asap if that is okay with you and I will link back to it from my site to make it available to my viewers…


  5. Paul Heim on August 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    These are great directories, a few I had already submitted too, but thanks for bringing a few new ones to my attention I never knew about. Great info, thanks for sharing.

  6. Tom Nguyen on August 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    John, I sent you an email. Did you receive it? Paul, please keep checking the blog. As I submit to new directories, I’ll blog about it.

  7. Aaron H on August 9, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Hey Tom, Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for the directories, but most importantly now these days, thanks for listing the PR, because Google seems to have brought it back strong, where it once didn’t matter as much. I’m slowly climbing in the keyword for Los Angeles web design, but it’s a dominant one, so it’s taken me a while. I’ll be redesigning my site next and adding more quality content, so that should bump me up much faster.

    Keep up the great work and thanks again, looking forward to more of your posts.

  8. Hannah on September 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Great list! Thanks for sharing these resources and keep up the good work!

  9. Tom Nguyen on June 24, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Update: Check out this blog post again. I’ve added a link to my SEO resources page which includes links to more reputable SEO directories.

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