The top online business directories list was originally published in 2016 with a full update in 2018.

Online business directories are here to stay, and every business should know where they need to be listed. You probably already know the importance of managing your business' online presence (and therefore listings), but there are a lot of directories and websites to choose from to list on.

Which online business directories businesses should you list on to get the best ROI? It’s great to list a business on other online directories besides the big ones—Google, Facebook, Bing—but which ones make sense to invest time and effort in adding/claiming a local business listing on?

Read on, my friend, as we've crunched the numbers to determine the top 100 online business directories in 2018—and made notes on how the list has changed over the years.

Which local business directories provide the most value? Download the Top 100 ebook for all the answers.

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Top 100 Online Business Directories (2018)

No. Directory Name Industry-Niche 2018 US Alexa Ranking

Moz Domain Authority

1 Google General 1 98
2 Facebook General 3 100
3 Yahoo! General 7 100
4 Twitter General 8 100
5 LinkedIn General 9 100
6 Instagram General 10 100
7 Bing General 25 94
8 Yelp General 40 78
9 Zillow Real Estate 47 91
10 TripAdvisor Travel 101 76
11 Redfin Real Estate 179 85
12 Realtor Real Estate 183 91
13 trulia.com Real Estate 260 88
14 AutoTrader Automobile 315 81
15 Whitepages General 317 86
16 Houzz Real Estate 323 93
17 Cars Automobile 393 84
18 OpenTable Food 521 90
19 MapQuest Maps 528 95
20 Yellowpages General 559 91
21 Edmunds Automobile 623 88
22 The Knot Wedding 631 88
23 BizJournals Business 680 92
24 BBB (Better Business Bureau) Business 704 96
25 City-data General 791 86
26 HomeAdvisor Real Estate 946 81
27 Manta General 1037 86
28 Health Grades Health 1058 81
29 Thumbtack Personal 1137 86
30 Angie's List General 1288 89
31 Avvo Legal 1,390 85
32 WeddingWire Wedding 1,451 90
33 Care Health 1453 76
34 zocdoc.com Health 1500 75
35 Foursquare General 1,518 90
36 HERE Map Creator Maps 2,050 85
37 Vitals Health 2,246 69
38 Zomato Food 2,727 75
39 SuperPages General 4,194 85
40 Local General 4,710 75
41 D & B Credibility Review Others 6,315 68
42 MenuPages Food 9,374 65
43 MerchantCircle General 10,944 83
44 411 General 11,037 67
45 CitySearch General 11,085 87
46 DealerRater Automobile 11,873 64
47 TomTom Others 13,415 84
48 YellowUSA General 15,941 39
49 RateMDs Health 16,092 60
50 Dex Knows General 19,565 78
51 ChamberofCommerce Business 22,965 66
52 ShowMeLocal General 25,588 55
53 Yellowbook General 27,179 90
54 Hotfrog General 28,818 72
55 Doctor Health 32,239 49
56 EZLocal General 42,101 52
57 Kudzu Real Estate 42,496 77
58 CityVoter Others 42,914 66
59 eLocal General 44,531 59
60 B2BYellowPages General 44,620 54
61 HomeAndLand Real Estate 46,416 60
62 Cylex-USA General 51,477 48
63 411.info General 53,176 45
64 SalesSpider Others 57,467 60
65 Brownbook General 59,807 62
66 Citysquares General 61,795 59
67 AreaConnect General 62,678 67
68 Opendi General 63,693 44
69 Restaurants.com Food 68,449 54
70 Yellowbot General 68,626 76
71 MagicYellow General 69,733 55
72 Ibegin General 74,233 63
73 Communitywalk Maps 75,758 76
74 Best of the Web General 76,611 74
75 AmericanTowns General 78,050 66
76 Forlocations Maps 78,629 36
77 InsiderPages General 80,820 73
78 LocalStack General 83,472 27
79 eBusiness Pages General 84,335 67
80 Discover Our Town General 93,165 57
81 2findlocal General 105,563 72
82 Tuugo.us General 110,723 39
83 Yasabe Others 110,899 49
84 Judy's Book General 112,353 65
85 Tupalo.com General 113,517 74
86 Get Fave Maps 121,002 63
87 GoLocal247 General 127,502 59
88 YellowPageCity General 132,790 65
89 Yalwa General 134,931 53
90 LocalEdge General 135,919 62
91 Cityfos General 146,044 57
92 My Huckleberry General 177,867 60
93 8Coupons Others 183,099 56
94 YellowPagesGoesGreen General 208,161 50
95 LocalPages General 212,121 57
96 Allpages General 257,879 50
97 USDirectory General 276,656 50
98 Allonesearch General 311,755 52
99 Contractors Real Estate 332,320 47
100 eHardHat Real Estate 455,311 50

Top 100 Online Business Directories List (2018)

1. Google

Google’s Google My Business is a free tool for businesses to manage their online presence across Google, including Search and Maps. By verifying and editing business directory listing information, you can help customers find a business through their local search.

Alexa Rank: 1

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should Be Listed On Google My Business

Businesses need to be listed on Google because it is a large online local directory, a large volume of users go through the site (175 million in a month in the US alone!), it can improve search engine page ranking, businesses can show up in local search with key terms, a business can be easily found on Google Maps, and it's a cost effective form of local marketing. Hard to say that in one breath! Really, though, who needs to be convinced that they need to be listed on Google?


2. Facebook

Facebook is a social networking website that doubles as a place to list your business. Here, users can create profiles, upload photos and videos, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family, and follow their favorite businesses and brands. Companies can create business profiles that users can follow.

Alexa Rank: 3

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Facebook

It’s free to post a business on the site, and the millions of unique US visitors is more than enough volume to justify creating or claiming a business’ presence. Users can follow a company through updates or posts, and customers can post reviews about their experience with a business on Facebook. Because it is widely recognized as the most robust social network and has the largest user base, reviews and feedback on Facebook are essential content for local businesses.


3. Yahoo!

Yahoo! is a portal website that incorporates a search engine and a directory of websites organized in a hierarchy of categories. Yahoo! Local is the online business directory portion of the website devoted to business listings. For a time, Yahoo and Bing were teamed up as a part of the Yahoo Bing Network, but their agreement has now changed.

Alexa Rank: 7

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on Yahoo

There are varying opinions as to how effective the local business directory listings are versus the price you pay for the service. My advice? Take a look at the Yahoo! Local directory website before you purchase—maybe even try searching for a few businesses. If you like what you see, then it may be worth the investment to have a local business listed here.


4. Twitter

Twitter, in case you haven't heard, is an online social networking service where users send and read  and post short messages, also known as "tweets." Users can tweet messages, links, and images to their followers, or use #hashtags if they want to be found by that word or phrase.

Alexa Rank: 8

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Twitter

Local businesses can put advertisements on Twitter, connect with potential customers, network, tweet about sales to followers and so on. However, there is a catch… other than posting an ad, Twitter, like any other social media platform, can be a large time investment to maintain a presence. There are platforms and services you can use to assist with maintaining a presence on Twitter, but compare the costs and benefits and see if it makes in the use case of each business.


5. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social networking website for the business community. Registered members can link to networks of people they know professionally. It can also be a way to grow your professional network. It has recently become a leads machine for sales teams, so you've likely noticed that every person who's asked for a demo has also asked you to connect.

Alexa Rank: 9

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on LinkedIn

Depending on the type of company and product or service offered, businesses likely want to spend the time to create a profile on Linkedin. Creating a listing is free, and potential applicants and vendors alike can find businesses here. My advice would be to go on the site and look around for similar businesses. If competitors are on there, businesses should likely follow suit and make a profile. A Linkedin profile appeals to most businesses in most verticals.


6. Instagram

Instagram is social network and platform for mobile photo and video sharing. Users can take pictures and videos, and share them either publicly or privately via the app. They can also use hashtags to appear on popular or niche categories. 

Alexa Rank: 10

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Instagram

Whether your business should list on Instagram's directory depends on the industry of the company and what type of product or service they offer. Businesses may or may not want to spend the time to create a profile on Instagram. It is free, but is a platform that has strong visual appeal and is not ideal for all businesses (unless they get creative). Instagram is the ideal platform for brands that have a unique product that can be showcased through strong imagery.


7. Bing

Bing is a web search engine owned by Microsoft. Bing Places for Business is a Bing portal where local business owners can add a listing for their business on the Bing network.

Alexa Rank: 25

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Bing

For businesses with a target market is the US, Bing may be a good alternative—76.1 million visitors a month is a large volume of searches. Businesses may have a better chance of standing out by putting their listing on Bing, since less people are advertising here than Google. This could be especially true if businesses decide to do pay-per-click advertising on Bing (aborg.com).


8. Yelp

Yelp is a platform (website and app) where users can publish reviews about local businesses. Yelp also trains small businesses how to respond to reviews, host social events for Yelpers (a.k.a. Yelp reviewers) and provides data about businesses including health inspection scores (Yelp.com).

Alexa Rank: 40

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Yelp

Contrary to popular belief, Yelp isn’t just for restaurant reviews. With 36.3 million unique visitors, the Yelp site sees a large volume of local customers. Since a business can list themselves on Yelp's local business directory for free, it is a good idea to get a business listing up on the site and let people leave reviews. Of course, once businesses do this, it is essential that they manage their Yelp reviews appropriately (here are the 11 most hilarious Yelp reviews). Businesses can manage reviews on the site themselves, or use a software and/or service to help manage feedback. Again, look for software or services that meet the needs and budget of the business.


9. Zillow

Zillow is a real estate and rental listing marketplace that gives consumers data and knowledge to find a home, and connects them with the local agents who can help them. The site provides value estimates of homes, notes changes in value over time, shows aerial views, and displays prices of comparable homes in the area. The site has a “Find an Agent” local business directory where home owners can perform a local search of agents that includes agent type and service needed. Users can also leave reviews on their agents within the agent directory.

Alexa Rank: 47

Business Directory Niche: Real Estate

Cost: Free for homeowners, agents and other real estate professionals pay a fee

Why Real Estate Businesses Should List on Zillow

Zillow is a niche local business directory for real estate agents. Real estate agents may want to check out the directory, or at least be aware of it. Zillow's website gets an astonishing 25 million US visitors a month. Zillow’s living database consists of more than 110 million US homes. In 2015, ComScore reported that Zillow, Trulia and Realtors made up 68% of the online real estate listings website market share.


10. TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is a travel website company where users can leave reviews of places they’ve gone to. Users can also book rooms, find flights, find things to do, and reserve tables at participating restaurants. TripAdvisor operates websites internationally in over 25 countries.

Alexa Rank: 101

Business Directory Niche: Travel

Cost: Free to businesses

Why Businesses Should List on TripAdvisor

Since TripAdvisor is a travel site, this site makes the most sense to list a local business if they are a hotel (motel and bed and breakfast, as well), vacation rental property, restaurant or local attraction/destination. To list a business on TripAdvisor's local directory, the site has specific requirements per category. If a business meets the requirements and are a hotel/vacation property rental/local attraction and the cost on the sites make sense for them, then the size of visitors and traffic the site receives make it a good option to consider. Of course, being listed on TripAdvisor means businesses are opening themselves up to reviews and should know how to respond appropriately to feedback and reviews.


11. Redfin

Redfin has the powerful platform homebuyers need to buy, sell, and find local agents in their area.

Realtor.com is the official consumer website of the National Association of Realtors. Operated by Move, Inc, realtor.comaims to provide all applicable parties—buyers, sellers and renters—with the right tools to perform buy/sell a home.

Alexa Rank: 179

Business Directory Niche: Real Estate

Cost: Contact

Why Businesses Should List on Redfin

Redfin is an essential site for realtors and agents to be listed on. In order to partner with Redfin to be listed on their directory, agents must contact and apply.


12. Realtor

Realtor.com is the official consumer website of the National Association of Realtors. Operated by Move, Inc, realtor.com aims to provide all applicable parties—buyers, sellers and renters—with the right tools to perform buy/sell a home.

Alexa Rank: 183

Business Directory Niche: Real Estate

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Realtor

This website is niche specific, and is essential for realtors and landlords, but a site other verticals can, clearly, skip. Realtor.com has relationships with almost 800 listing services, and constantly updates their listings. Realtor has tons of resources for buyers and sellers, including things like why you should have a realtor, tips on buying your first home, mortgage calculators and various other collateral.


13. Trulia

Trulia is one of the largest websites in the Real Estate vertical for buying and selling homes, and also boasts a paid directory for agents and brokers. Trulia allows agents to post listings and chat with interested buyers and clients through their platform.

Alexa Rank: 260

Directory Niche: Real Estate

Cost: Agents and brokers pay a fee

Why Businesses Should List on Trulia

Trulia connects real estate agents and brokers to 51 million+ home buyers and sellers through their online business directory. They boast that 70% of users are serious about buying or selling a home within the next year, and they've been featured by large, reputable publications.


14. Autotrader

Autotrader is an online marketplace for car shoppers and sellers. The site brings together millions of new, used and certified second-hand from thousands of dealers and private sellers. Users can purchase, sell and research vehicles as well as find a list of dealers on the site’s dealership directory.

Alexa Rank: 315

Business Directory Niche: Automotive

Cost: Paid package options, cost varies

Why Businesses Should List on Autotrader

If you are in the industry of buying and selling vehicles, Autotrader is a great place to be. Autotrader.com provides dealerships with a listing on a highly trafficked, well-known, and relevant website.


15. Whitepages

Whitepages is frequently used to look up someone’s address or determine where an unknown call came from. It claims to have the largest directory database of contact information on US and Canada residents readily available. Users can search for businesses from their business directory tab on the website, or on their yellow pages section of the website.

Alexa Rank: 317

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Whitepages

Whitepages is still heavily referenced by consumers looking for local business data. The free portion of the site is more for individuals, but the Premium or Pro plans provide businesses with identity verification on consumers.

For the online business directory portion of the site specifically, it takes a few clicks to get through to the yellow pages portion. If a listing shows up on both the yellow pages side and the main page when searching the business tab, creating a business listing on here can be a good option. Since you can register for a free business listing, it is a a good idea to take advantage of that—over two million users in the US are using it for local search. The 60 day wait for the listing on their local directory may be an inconvenience, but if businesses can’t afford a plan or would rather use their marketing budget elsewhere, the cost of getting it free is worth the wait.


16. Houzz

Houzz is a website for all things related to homes (including interior design, landscaping and home improvement) that features an online community and online business directory for businesses with related services such as contractors, interior designers and architects.

Alexa Rank: 323

Business Directory Niche: Real Estate/Home services

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on Houzz

Houzz is one of the most popular home renovation websites and is a one-stop destination for homeowners to get ideas, information and find contractors to do the work on their home. This is a niche online business directory for contractors, so if businesses want to target customers who are homeowners, are in the process of renovations and are actively searching for local businesses to hire to do the work, Houzz is the right spot to target those customers. If a business can get a free listing for a reputable site, it will help boost online visibility and ranking in search engines.


17. Cars

Cars is one of the leading sites for automotive consumers. They aim to help consumers research new and used vehicles, as well as find reputable service and repair providers. Users can leave reviews about specific makes and models. Users can search through an online business directory of dealerships and service centers on the “Find Service Centers & Dealers” tab of the site’s home page.

Alexa Rank: 393

Business Directory Niche: Automotive

Cost: Contact a sales rep

Why Businesses Should List on Cars

As a niche online business directory site for dealerships and auto services and repairs, Cars is essential for companies in the automotive space. Launched in 1998, Cars was previously owned by Classified Ventures, LLC—a joint enterprise between Gannett, The McClatchy Company, Tribune, Graham Holdings and A.H. Belo. In 2014, Gannett bought the shares it did not already own for 2.5 billion. Nearly 80% of Cars’ audience is currently in the market for a vehicle—being listed here puts automotive dealers in front of people actively seeking out a vehicle purchase (Cars.com).


18. OpenTable

OpenTable is an online real-time restaurant-reservation service, and works with more than 32,000 restaurants worldwide, seating more than 16 million diners each month. OpenTable can not only host business listings, but also collect reviews from customers that have dined at the restaurants and build their online reputation.

Alexa Rank: 521

Business Directory Niche: Food and restaurant

Cost: $199/month

Why Businesses Should List on OpenTable

Every month, OpenTable diners write more than 450,000 restaurant reviews, which means lots of feedback, traffic, and mentions for restaurant owners. The site has an ROI calculator where you can see how much OpenTable could potentially bring in for extra revenue via additional diners.


19. MapQuest

Founded in 1967 as Cartographic Services, MapQuest has a history that shifts from traditional to digital media. The company was acquired by AOL in 1999 and then Verizon in 2015. It is a mapping site where users can get directions for their routes or search for hotels, food, gas, coffee, grocers, parking, bars, post offices, and more.

Alexa Rank: 528

Business Directory Niche: Maps

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on MapQuest

Although MapQuest went from having nearly all of the online mapping market to sharing that with dozens of competitors (Google Maps being the obvious Goliath), they are still a highly referenced and relevant site. AOL purchased MapQuest for over a billion dollars in 1999, and in 2015, Verizon purchased the company for nearly four times that amount, making it anything but obsolete and a worthy directory to consider listing your business on for local search.

*MapQuest moved up 7 places from #12 → #17 on the top 100 business directories list between 2016 and 2018.


20. YellowPages

YellowPages is an online business directory owned by YP. YP is a local marketing solutions provider that focuses on helping local businesses grow. YP launched in May 2012 and was the result of bringing AT&T Interactive and AT&T Advertising Solutions together. YP’s offerings include their YP℠ app, yp.com, and The Real Yellow Pages® directory.

Alexa Rank: 559

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on YellowPages

Since YellowPages is free, it wouldn’t hurt to ensure a business's local listing information is up to date and claim the free basic business listing on their online business directory. YellowPages attracts a high volume of US local search users in to make it worth the time it takes to get a free account. Depending on what you get for an enhanced listing, you may want to scope out the prices if it is an online business directory that a lot of local search customers in the area are using.


21. Edmunds

The Edmunds website lists prices for new and used vehicles, a database of incentives and rebates, dealership and inventory listings, vehicle reviews, dealer reviews and advice on car purchases and ownership. The dealer portion of the site has resources for dealerships including tools, an industry center and dealer resource articles.

Alexa Rank: 623

Business Directory Niche: Automotive

Cost: Unsure

Why Businesses Should List on Edmunds

Even if dealerships haven’t added their business listing to Edmunds’ online busines directory, customers may have been reviewing them and leaving feedback without their knowledge. If they have been saying bad things, then businesses have been missing out on an opportunity to regain customer trust and redeem their online reputation. For businesses that have been getting great feedback, they have been missing out on knowing and sharing positive customer experiences with others. Edmunds states that their dealer reviews pages are indexed and results are available on search engines such as Google and Yahoo. The volume of users for the niche specific site warrants a look further into the site for dealerships looking to increase their presence in local search.


22. The Knot

The knot is a local and national wedding vendor resource that offers a gift registry, bridal gown search, local vendor information and wedding etiquette (theknot.com).

Alexa Rank: 631

Business Directory Niche: Events and wedding

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on The Knot

You just can’t beat free, especially for businesses in the wedding and event business, and who want to be listed on an online business directory where they can reach local customers. For those vendors that are interested in a paid listing on the site's local business directory, I would recommend reading up and comparing the costs and benefits to make the most out of the marketing budget.


23. BizJournals

The BizJournals aim to target business decision makers. The company has 42 websites, 64 publications and more than 700 annual events, targeted to service a wide demographic with news from local through to national. The local directory portion of Biz Journals is a part of their website where businesses can create a listing in their online business directory and consumers can leave reviews about their experiences with local businesses.

Alexa Rank: 680

Business Directory Niche: Business

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on BizJournals

You can’t really beat free, and if you choose to go with the gold package, the exposure of over 7 million US visitors a month is a large volume of traffic to their site and online business directory.

As a division of American City Business Journals, Biz Journals has more people, publications and websites covering business news than any other media organization.


24. Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau is designed to help people find and recommend businesses, brands and charities they can trust (bbb.org). Based on a consumer rating system, BBB educates consumers and assists people in finding trusted businesses. Better Business Bureau is designed to protect consumers from fraudulent business or scammers.

Alexa Rank: 704

Business Directory Niche: Business

Cost: Free and paid package options

Why Should Businesses List on BBB

BBB has a long standing history, high volumes of traffic and can offer up juicy ROI. For those who decide to go the Accredited Listing route, the site’s calculator computes potential ROI. For example, New Accredited Businesses (with 1-10 employees) realize within the first 12 months, an average return on investment of $1,846 in BBB products, services and marketing related to obtaining more customers. Typically, BBB Accredited Businesses see the return on their investment within the first four months of Accreditation.


25. City-data

City-data is a website that offers information on local US cities. Statistics and estimates about an area or region are compiled with the use of government data. City-data is owned and operated by Advameg, an Illinois based company who operates over 50 websites. If you are looking for a website that provides you with everything you need to know about any US city or town, then City-data is a go to.

Alexa Rank: 791

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on City-data

If tourists are headed to the area or people are looking to move to the area, they may look at City-data to see which local businesses are located nearby. It would be best for a business to exist here for local search, especially if they are located in a smaller town or city. Many smaller towns are featured on City-data, and local businesses in these towns could potentially attract consumers from around the area. Considering how much traffic the site gets and that it is free to create a listing here, it is definitely worth checking out.


28. HomeAdvisor

HomeAdvisor is a website that lists service professionals that have been pre-screened and rated by customers in their online business directory. Categories included are virtually any type of service related to the home. The website also features tools, products and resources for home improvement, maintenance and repair.

Alexa Rank: 946

Business Directory Niche: Home services

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on HomeAdvisor

For companies in the home services business, HomeAdvisor has a strong web presence and generates a large traffic volume in this arena. This means a listing on this online business directory increases the chances of people locating the business online and finding them in a local search. It can be good for new businesses to get their name out there, and use HomeAdvisor’s reputation to provide a boost to their own. For those who choose to go with the paid service to get leads, the site is reportedly easy to manage, but do a bit more research to make sure it makes sense for each particular type of business and budget.


27. Manta

Manta is an online business directory and search engine that provides small businesses with the information to network. The directory helps small businesses connect and grow through their community where users can buy from, partner with and connect to companies.

Alexa Rank: 1037

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on Manta

Manta's online business directory generates a lot of volume, which is hard to beat, especially when you can create a basic business listing for free. For small businesses looking to network, Manta could be an added bonus. The common theme amongst the better known and ranked online business directories is that listing a company on them can improve local visibility and gives customers another way to find businesses via local search.


28. Healthgrades

Healthgrades is a site that provides information about physicians, dentists, hospitals, and health care providers. Users can search by condition, by procedure and by the physician’s specialty.

Alexa Rank: 1058

Business Directory Niche: Health and medical

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Healthgrades

The site is a niche online business listing directory for physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals to represent their practice online, make them more discoverable online and to connect them with patients. Since it is free to create a profile and the site gets such a large volume of traffic, it may be worth it to list a practice on the site's local business directory to increase online exposure.

*Healthgrades moved down the list from #22 in 2016 to #28 in 2018.


29. Thumbtack

Thumbtack is a service that connects people with the best local professionals for any project on their list (thumbtack.com). Thumbtack allows users to compare reviews, ratings and prices so they can find the professional that is right for the job. When people need services or professionals, they can search on Thumbtack. Thumbtack asks consumers a series of questions to identify their specific needs, and then provides them with a short list of qualified professionals in the area for them to choose from.

Alexa Rank: 1137

Business Directory Niche: Personal

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Thumbtack

For local professionals or local businesses that offer location services, Thumbtack's online business directory is a perfect fit. Thumbtack assists professionals in finding relevant businesses close to their location, offering business opportunities without a lot of personal effort to market their services. Check out first if the business fits in the categories on the site. Since it is free to list a business, adding a local directory listing here can be a good idea. For businesses looking to grow their customer base and don’t mind paying to send consumers a quote, this Thumbtack is a great way to get more leads!


30. Angie's List

Angie’s list is a paid subscription supported online marketplace, business directory and review website that contains member reviews of local businesses. Members grade companies using a report card scale from A-F on price, quality, responsiveness, punctuality and professionalism. The site’s categories are divided by house, auto, health, pets and services.

Alexa Rank: 1288

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Angie's Lis

Before signing up for the site, businesses should do some research to make sure it is right for their type of business and matches the type of service they offer. Also, check to see if there is a local chapter, and how much it costs for consumers to join the site. If the price to join is low, that means that there aren’t many members in the area. If there aren’t many competitors on there yet, it is likely a good idea for businesses to get on Angie's, especially since you can get a business listing on the site for free.

Since the site is an established one with authority, it can be good for building links to rank in Google and other search engines. Also, members have to pay for access to the site, so if they are willing to pay to see the reviews, it means that they are serious about their home and the investment in it.


 

31. Avvo

Avvo is an online legal services marketplace that offers legal advice through Avvo Advisor, has an Avvo Q&A forum and contains an Avvo lawyer directory that has Avvo-rated profiles, client reviews and peer endorsements for 97% of all lawyers in the US (Avvo).

Alexa Rank: 1390

Business Directory Niche: Legal

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on Avvo

Avvo’s free lawyer directory listings has high visibility on Google, Bing and Yahoo. Creating a profile on the local directory will allow lawyers to set themselves apart from colleagues and attract more local business. Similar to other sites, just because a listing hasn't been claimed doesn’t mean that customers aren’t talking about that lawyer. Through claiming, lawyers can thank the customers that leave good reviews and try to win back the customers that were unsatisfied. Dealing with online reviews is its own challenge, but can bring plenty of rewards as well!


32. WeddingWire

WeddingWire is an online marketplace where merchants and couples ready to jump into married life, can connect. Couples can search local business listings on WeddingWire's online business directory, find ratings and reviews, and connect directly with the vendor of their choice. Weddingwire also offers planning tools and a section for inspiration, where users can find ideas to start planning every aspect of their wedding (Weddingwire).

Alexa Rank: 1451

Business Directory Niche: Events and Weddings

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on WeddingWire

For businesses related to the event or wedding industry, it is a good idea to create a business listing on WeddingWire's local listings directory. You just can’t beat free, especially if you have a tight marketing budget. Millions of couples visit this site looking directly for the services local businesses offer, so why not benefit from the extra lead generation? Businesses that fall into this category may want to read up and compare the costs and benefits before purchasing a listing plan.


33. Care

Care is a service that helps families find care for children, seniors, those with special needs and pets, and users can also use Care to find housekeepers and tutors. The site lists detailed profiles, posts free job listings and offers hiring advice to aid families and individuals in choosing the best care available for their needs. Businesses in the care industry can also register their business in their listing directory.

Alexa Rank: 1453

Business Directory Niche: Care

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Care

Since this is a niche local business directory site for those in the care business and is fairly well known (gets a lot of traffic), getting a free listing on the site seems like a no brainer for those wanting to increase their visibility online and in local search. As for the paid subscription service, businesses need to investigate to see if it fits with their vertical and budget.


34. Zocdoc

Zocdoc strives to connect consumers with healthcare professionals in their area, and increases the reach and success of local practices and professionals. Zocdoc allows healthcare practices to create their profiles with business details, photos, with appointment booking, and review collection.

Alexa Rank: 1500

Business Directory Niche: Health

Cost: Contact sales

Why Businesses Should List on Zocdoc

Zocdoc connects healthcare businesses to a huge network of local consumers, and generates traffic from ranking on 120 million different doctor searches on Google. The platform allows for 24/7 online booking, reminders, and review collection for healthcare pros to cultivate a positive online reputation. Additionally, Zocdoc boasts that doctors and practices that list on their directory will see an increase in rebooking percentage, attendance, and reimbursements.

*Zocdoc is a new website in the top 100 business directories list!


35. Foursquare

Foursquare is a local search and discovery service mobile app that helps users discover new places/businesses. Users can let friends know where they are and find out where their friends are. Users can collect points, prize badges and coupons for checking in at places.

Alexa Rank:  1518

Business Directory Niche:  General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Foursquare

Similar to other social media sites, just because businesses didn’t create a listing for their own site doesn’t mean that customers aren’t talking about or reviewing the business. By claiming a local business listing on Foursquare, business owners can get in on the conversation by responding to customers and either thank them for their positive feedback, or try to win them back if they have had a negative experience. It is great for businesses to know who has been "checking in" to understand their loyal customer base that is happy to tell the world where they eat/shop/go to the dentist, etc.


36. HERE Maps

HERE is a map content provider and platform for a wide range of industries. HERE Map Data consists of automotive-grade map data for locating, routing, optimizing and analyzing mobile and fixed assets. Companies use HERE’s data for a range of functions including transport and logistics optimization, customer care and business efficiency, urban planning and business intelligence.

Alexa Rank: 2050

Business Directory Niche: Maps

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on HERE

HERE is a service that gets a lot of local (US) visitors as well as global. Whether businesses are wanting customers that live in the area or are visiting to find them (either visiting or are here on a business trip), you just can’t beat a free listing on a reputable site. If competitors haven’t listed here yet, why not beat them out on a listing that they may not even think to list on?

*HERE Maps moved down the top 100 directories list 6 spots from #30 in 2016 to #36 in 2018.


37. Vitals

Vitals is an online service site that helps patients search for local doctors and health/medical facilities. Search categories on the site include doctors, dentists, psychologists, urgent care centers, group practices and hospitals. Vitals claims to have over 1.4 billion points of data on doctors which includes patient reviews. Vitals also has educational guides for consumers to learn about their health and wellness.

Alexa Rank: 2246

Business Directory Niche: Health and medical

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Vital

Vitals gets nearly two million users a month. For those in the medical field just starting in their practice or those looking for more patients, registering on this site and creating a listing on the Vitals local business directory can help increase visibility on local search. Vitals claims to that 93 million Americans use their database to find healthcare professionals.


38. Zomato

Zomato is a restaurant search and discovery service that features restaurant information such as scanned menus, photos and user reviews and ratings. Zomato also provides online ordering, cashless payment, white-label apps, table reservation abilities and point-of-sale systems (Zomato).

Alexa Rank: 2727

Business Directory Niche: Restaurants and food

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on Zomato

Since listing a local restaurant on Zomato's online business directory is free, businesses should set up a profile and allow people to leave reviews. Listing owners can manage reviews on the site, or use a software and/or service to help manage the feedback. Once you leave a response on Zomato as a business you cannot edit it, so be careful! Again, as we’ve said before, whether you have claimed your profile or not, customers are still rating and reviewing. It’s better to know what the feedback is and respond to it. Restaurateurs may gain some valuable insights from customers through the review process.


39. SuperPages

SuperPages is one of the older local online directory and citation sources, which originated back when we still used printed phone books (what’s that?). Superpages’s parent company Supermedia merged with DexOne to form DexMedia in 2013. SuperPages is both a online business directory and high authority site. The Superpages business portal can still be used to add new business listings on their directory or edit existing ones.

Alexa Rank: 4194

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on SuperPages

Adding a business listing to a listing site with high authority like SuperPages will provide one of those coveted backlinks. This in turn increases the business's site authority, and it will then rank higher for relevant web searches. Not a bad deal for free! Businesses who take the time to update their listing on the free online business directories that their competitors may skip, will have an edge in increasing online visibility.


40. Local

Local is a local business listings site where users can find the best local services, products, activities and events. The site contains more than 16 million business listings across every zip code across the United States (local.com).

Alexa Rank: 4710

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on Local

Local is ranked high and is a quality online business directory, therefore adding a business listing on this local directory creates a strong link back. This link back from the site increases a company's site’s authority and ranking, and adds a positive value to the business’s online presence for search engines. If a lot of people in your local area know the site, a paid listing may be worth it for some businesses. Businesses can even ask a few customers which directories they use to search for local businesses to garner some insight as to how valuable a listing on Local's online business directory might be.

41. D&B Credibility Review

D & B Credibility Review is a source for businesses to look up other businesses and assess their credibility in terms of business credit reports, competitive landscape, industry benchmarks and company revenue. D&B Credibility Review's online business directory has 20 million business records for businesses in the US and some in Canada.

Alexa Rank: 6315

Business Directory Niche: Others

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on D&B

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Review may not get as of high traffic volume as other online business directories, but it has a very high proportion of local search customers, as the site is viewed much more by those in the US. The site also is BBB accredited, and Dun and Bradstreet itself is a well known and reputable source for business information. Once again, if the free listing contains enough information for customers to find a local business, it may be worthwhile. It could even be a good source for those looking to open themselves up to new opportunities from vendors or other links in their supply chain.


MenuPages is a service that foodies use to find restaurants by area, neighborhood, type of cuisine and price range. Established in 2003, MenuPages provides the latest restaurant information and menus for over 50,000 restaurants in eight metropolitan markets across the United States.

Alexa Rank: 9374

Business Directory Niche: Restaurants and food

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on MenuPage

MenuPages in a niche online business directory for restaurants. We’ll say it again, you just can’t beat free! Restaurants located in the eight metropolitan markets that the site serves should definitely look into adding their business listing on here, as well as all major restaurant and general business listing directories to cover all of the bases (especially on the local business directories that are free).


43. MerchantCircle

MerchantCircle is a service that helps small businesses network with other local businesses and reach local customers through free marketing tools and social media features (MerchantCircle).

Alexa Rank: 10944

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on MerchantCircle

You can create a local business listing on MerchantCircle's online business directory for free, which also includes free tools to promote a business. Creating a profile takes minutes and will increase visibility in search engine results. MerchantCircle also has reputation management tools, an Ad Wizard to publish on their network and push the ads to Google and get local customer referrals. Some of the tools or options mentioned may come at an additional cost (MerchantCircle).


44. 411

411 is an online directory with two main directories—the people search side (from main page) and the yellow pages local listings site. The main types of searches users can perform on the site are: people search, yellow pages, reverse phone, reverse address, area codes and zip codes.

Alexa Rank: 11037

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on 411

Akin to our discussion on Whitepages, although phones and phone directory sites may appear to be a thing of the past, online directories such as 411 are still referenced by consumers looking for local business data. The 60 day wait for the listing on the directory may be an inconvenience, but for businesses who can’t afford a plan or would rather use their marketing budget elsewhere, the cost of getting it free, then, isn’t all that bad.

*411.com moved from #36 on the top directories list from 2016 to #44 in 2018.


45. Citysearch

Citysearch is a local listings website that provides information about businesses throughout cities across the country. The site has categories for dining, entertainment, retail, travel and professional services for several cities throughout the United States.

Alexa Rank: 11085

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Citysearch

If businesses can wait up to two months to be listed on the Citysearch, the site does get over 610,000 unique US visitors a month. Since businesses can get a listing on their online business directory for free and it does get some exposure, it’s up to each company to decide whether the time waiting to get a listing on Citysearch is worth the (free) price tag or not. If businesses decide to go the paid route with a local directory listing, check out if users from the area and other local businesses are listed here. If local customers are active on the directory (rating and commenting on local businesses), businesses should take the time to get listed.

*Citysearch moved up 6 spots on the top 100 business directories list from #51 in 2016 to #45 in 2018!


46. DealerRater

DealerRater is a car dealership rating and review site. The site lets users research and review auto dealerships so that buyers can have confidence in shopping and dealing with a dealership

Alexa Rank: 11,873

Business Directory Niche: Automotive

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on DealerRater

Dealerships should be aware of all of the automotive industry related online business directories, especially ones that are dealership specific. With few specific local listing directories for dealers, especially popular ones, it is a good idea to check out the price of listing on DealerRater and the additional services they offer. Compare it to the cost of the other dealership directories. Though it may seem redundant, being listed on multiple directory sites specific to a business's niche is essential, as they can then get searches from another user base. Also, consider if you get a link back (and how good the domain’s authority is), how many local searchers there are (% of those viewing the site) and if any local competitor dealers are listed here.


47. TomTom

TomTom NV is a Dutch company that produces navigation and mapping products. TomTom also makes action cameras, GPS sport watches, fleet management systems and location-based products. As of 2015, TomTom's business had Consumer, Automotive, Licensing and Telematics units (TomTom.com).

Alexa Rank: 11873

Business Directory Niche: Automotive

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on TomTom

TomTom is a worldwide map and navigational company. A large number of people worldwide use their products, apps and online map services. Updating one listing with the company hits their network of users in three areas or segments right off the hop. Also, this is a type of business listing that some companies may not think of directly, so businesses who list here may be giving themselves a competitive edge in being found on navigational devices and maps.

*TomTom moved down 8 spots on the top directories list from #39 in 2016 to #47 in 2018.


48. YellowUSA

YellowUSA has a specific set of online neighborhoods created that mix the online community with a local directory of 15 million local businesses. Users can visit one of the site’s Internet Neighborhoods for cities to interact with other neighborhood residents, read other users’ reviews, and ask other users questions (yellowusa.com).

Alexa Rank: 15941

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on YellowUSA

*YellowUSA moved up 49 positions on the top 100 business directories list, from #97 in 2016 to #48 in 2018!


49. RateMDs

RateMDs is an online directory that allows users to read and post reviews on doctors, dentists, psychologists, urgent care centers, hospitals and group practices. RateMDs aims to be the source for all things health, and has over two million ratings and reviews, one million doctor profiles, the latest health trends coverage and medical specialties information (ratemds.com).

Alexa Rank: 16092

Business Directory Niche: Health and medical

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on RateMD

RateMDs gets nearly two million worldwide users a month and almost 500,000 unique US visitors a month, which is a fair amount of traffic for US viewers. Claiming or adding a listing on the site is free. For healthcare professionals just beginning their practice, registering on this site and creating a listing can help increase visibility on local search. If you're an established healthcare professional, your profile likely already exists on the site and is waiting to be claimed. Leveraging RateMD's network of other doctors and consumers will help improve your online reputation and get you more business. Since it is a niche site in the healthcare field, doctors and other professionals should be listed here.


50. DexKnows

DexKnows in an online business directory where users search local business listings to find businesses through product and service categories, directions, websites, discounts and more. DexKnows and Superpages are a part of other DexMedia Group Inc. A business listing can include basic business details, as well as rich media like photos and videos, as well as customer reviews.

Alexa Rank: 19565

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on DexKnows

Listing a business on DexKnow’s online business directory for free and getting a link back from a reputable site will help improve online visibility. If claiming a business's local directory listing to DexMedia updates the data to both of their local directory sites, Superpages and DexKnows, then you are hitting two birds with one stone. You do have to call to claim your free listing through them directly, but if you don't mind having that telephone conversation, then it may be worth looking into to claim.


51. Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce is a website that helps small businesses grow by allowing members to promote themselves using effective tools (such as their online business directory) and features on the site. Chamber of Commerce has relationships with several thousand local chambers of commerce (ChamberofCommerce).

Alexa Rank: 22965

Business Directory Niche: Business

Cost: About $30-40/month

Why Businesses Should List on Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce offers small business solutions in each local area. Being affiliated with local chambers provides a sense of credibility (as Chambers of Commerce are trusted associations). Before deciding to pay, first check out if the site is linked to the associated local chamber of commerce, and if other local businesses are on it. Try searching for a local business and see where the page with the chamber’s local business directory comes up on the search engine results page (SERP). The added bonus here is that for businesses looking to network with other businesses, the chamber is a great way to start. Listing a business on the site may lead to networking opportunities with other vendors or other links in their supply chain.


52. ShowMeLocal

ShowMeLocal is a yellow pages and local online business directory network owned by a privately owned company.

Alexa Rank: 25588

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on ShowMeLocal

ShowMeLocal gets a decent amount of traffic to its business directory and listings.The site has over 19 million business listings, 678,000 claimed listings, and over 307,000 user reviews (showmelocal.com). It's especially great for businesses with more global markets, as they host listings for the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia. This listing directory site has also had a big jump in positions over the years.

*ShowMeLocal jumped from #66 to #52 from 2016 to 2018.


53. Yellowbook

Yellowbook is an online business directory where users can look up local businesses, perform people searches or conduct a reverse lookup. The site claims to have 20+ million listings in their local directory. Yellowbook, Yellowbook 360 and Beyond Yellow are now a part of hibu Inc. Customers can search their online business directory as well as people directory and leave reviews for businesses.

Alexa Rank: 27,179

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Unsure

Why Businesses Should List on Yellowbook

Should your business list on the Yellowbook directory? Depending on what the cost is to list on the local directory, it may or may not be worth creating a listing for a business. If your business is already listed (you can check their directory database), then it's as simple as claiming your profile.The site amasses a fair volume of traffic of, with almost half being local searches. If you do request a free consultation, see if you get a link back out of the deal and compare to some of the other directories on here. If free listings on the more reputable directories get you more out of your listing, it may not be worth it. A good idea may be to search for local businesses in your area on the site and see if there are a lot of customer reviews. If there is a fair bit of local activity on the site, listing here is something to consider.


54. Hotfrog

Hotfrog is a local listings site for local listings that are all over the globe. Categorized by topical or regional significance, Hotfrog lists over two million businesses online. Hotfrog is unique from other directories as it allows for free promotional content, such as business press releases that allow for brand exposure.

Alexa Rank: 28,818

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Should Businesses List on Hotfrog

Most listing sites don’t allow for brand promotion, which makes Hotfrog different than most directories. A business is able to launch press releases and promote themselves, as well as listing their business on Hotfrog's business directory.


55. Doctor

Doctor is a niche online business directory that helps patients find and connect with doctors and other healthcare providers that best match their needs. Visitors to the directory can research doctors, compare health care providers and even book appointments online. Doctor has profiles for over two million licensed health care providers in the USA (doctor.com).

Alexa Rank: 32,239

Business Directory Niche: Health and medical

Cost: Contact sales

Why Businesses Should List on Doctor

Every doctor and healthcare professional should list their business on every available online directory. Doctor moved up our top 100 business directories list by a fair amount between 2016 and 2018, which indicates its growing popularity online—especially for the health and medical space. The listing benefit depends on the size of your healthcare practice, as Doctor has package options for small businesses and enterprise companies. Doctor also allows for collecting customer reviews for health and medical businesses to improve their online reputation.

*Doctor moved up the business directories list 12 spots from #67 in 2016 to #55 in 2018!


56. EZlocal

EZlocal is also a local search marketing company that offers services for managing local PPC, map listings, social review monitoring and check in services. EZlocal also offers a local search business directory with over two million indexed pages on Google (ezlocal.com).

Alexa Rank: 42,101

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on EZLocal

Companies can create business listings on the site for free. Seeing as though that they are a local search marketing company, you can request information for additional local search and SEO services from them. EZlocal is also a Google Partner, meaning that EZlocal has met Google’s requirements to earn the Google Partner status. With EZlocal moving up drastically on the top 100 business directories list in the past two years, it's clear that EZLocal is making itself known in the business directory space.

*EZlocal moved up 13 positions on the top directories list from #69 in 2016 to #57 in 2018.


57. Kudzu

Kuzdu is a local directory owned by Cox Media Group that collects user reviews and ratings on local businesses. The site has listings across America and features home services, automotive and health categories.

Alexa Rank: 42,496

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on Kudzu

As another free directory site, businesses should list on Kudzu to improve their presence. Additionally, Kudzu allows businesses to collect reviews to drive business through customer service excellence. It's easy to add a business listing or claim your listing. Kudzu, like many other directory sites, also offers digital solutions for companies to improve their marketing and advertising.


58. CityVoter

CityVoter is a service that holds contests (users vote for their favorite local businesses across different categories), brackets (nominees compete for votes in single elimination tournament-style brackets) and sweepstakes (voters are incentivized to vote with prizes). Under each listing page voters can leave tips/reviews.

Alexa Rank: 42,914

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on CityVoter

If you are in one of the cities that the site holds contests, are in one of the categories the site features (there are many), and think your customer base is aware of the site and would vote for you or leave reviews, then the site may be a good fit. Users can vote for a company and can leave reviews. CityVoter states that having a listing on a CityVoter powered contests (paid service) increases SEO. If you are thinking of holding a contest or posting a deal on the site, check out the costs, see how many users are in your area, and if competitors are on the site. That can help you gauge whether to pay for a campaign or how much of your budget you want to spend on this service.

*CityVoter moved down the top 100 directories list from #49 in 2016 to #58 in 2018.


59. eLocal

eLocal is a nationwide search business directory to discover millions of local businesses, from plumbers and lawyers to hotels and dentists (elocal.com). As the name suggests, its all about connecting consumers to local businesses in their community.

Alexa Rank: 44,531

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on eLocal

Businesses can list their business information on the listing site for free. eLocal also offers advertising options for companies with category specific type options for home services, law firms, dentists and other businesses. With eLocal moving up the directories list, the site is obviously growing in popularity and use.

*eLocal moved up the top 100 business directories list from #72 in 2016 to #59 in 2018.


60. B2B Yellow Pages

B2BYellowpages is a business-to-business yellow pages and B2B directory. Users can search via the Members B2B Directory, Local Search, Business Directory, Zip Code Directory, County Directory and US Yellow Pages options on the site. The B2B directory has over 45,000 listings and the phone directory has more than 14 million businesses throughout the US (b2byellowpages.com).

Alexa Rank: 44620

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options


61. Homes And Land

Homes and Land is one of the premier real estate magazines, publishing more than 27 million magazines annually. Homes and Land also has a site used to advertise, you guessed it, homes and land. As an established brand, Homes and Land is trusted by many professionals for listing property, and continues to maintain a positive reputation in the Real Estate industry.

Alexa Rank: 46416

Business Directory Niche: Real Estate

Cost: Paid for agents

*Homes and Land moved down the list of top directories from #52 in 2016 to #61 in 2018.


62. Cylex-USA

Cylex is an online business directory with an aim to connect companies and customers. Users can check contact details and hours as well as read and write reviews about local businesses. The site has a global reach with 30 online business directories across several countries worldwide.

Alexa Rank: 51477

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on Cylex-USA

This business directory acts as a community portal for consumers to find local businesses—like yours. Consumers can even review specific products and services, which means there's more positive reputation for businesses to cultivate through the site. The companies listed on Cylex's listing directory are registered on the site (users don’t have to claim their local business listing, they are aware of their listing as they would’ve had to create it).

*Cylex-USA moved down from position #54 on the top 100 business directories list of 2018 to #62 in 2018.


63. 411.info

411.info is a free U.S. white pages and yellow pages online directory where users can search for people, local businesses and phone numbers. Listings are mobile-friendly, and companies interested in advertising on the 411.info can email their advertising department. 411.info has a self-serve tool that allows business owners and users to update/add or remove business listings.

Alexa Rank: 53176

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on 411.info

411.info is a completely free way for businesses to connect to local consumers. In the past two years, 411.info has moved up 21 positions on our top directories list—which indicates that the site's popularity is rapidly rising. Businesses should list on 411.info to cover all of their listing basis and improve their online visibility.

*411.info moved up 21 positions on the top 100 online directories list, from #85 in 2016 to #64 in 2018.


64. SalesSpider

SaleSpider is a free service designed to help small and midsize businesses expand their networks, connect with possible vendors, host and view webinars and videos, place free classified ads and gain free access to sales leads and business opportunities. They have a directory and marketplace tab to showcase businesses as well as ads for specific products and services.

Alexa Rank: 57467

Business Directory Niche: Others

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on SalesSpider

SalesSpider has nearly 5 million visitors per month looking for local products and services and over 67 million business listings posted in their directory. While their UI isn't the most user-friendly, the site does  do a good job of connecting consumers to businesses. A


65. Brownbook

Brownbook is a free, wiki based online business directory that anyone can edit. Users can add business listings, update local listings and review businesses free and instantly (brownbook.net).

Alexa Rank: 59807

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Brownbook

Companies can add their local business listing to Brownbook's online business directory for free,which includes logos, images, videos, text and links. When you add your business information, Brownbook will add a badge to show users that is a verified listing. Business owners can endorse other business profiles, which raises your profile ranking and helps you get found more. Brownbook's jump of 22 positions on the  top 100 list also indicates growing popularity.

*Brownbook moved up 22 positions from #87 to #65 from 2016 to 2018 on the top 100 business directories list.


66. CitySquares

CitySquares is a listing site designed for small, independent businesses to reach a qualified, local consumer audience through a business profile on their local directory. CitySquares provides its content to users in a hyper-local context, that is, neighborhoods and other relevant localities (citysquares.com). Users can rate businesses and review them.

Alexa Rank: 61795

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on CitySquares

The CitySquares business directory is another free listings site for companies to leverage for both reviews and visibility. Companies can add their business listing to the local business directory for free. CitySquares does offer advertising opportunities through enhanced business profiles, display advertising, videos and more. The jump of 14 positions from 2016 to 2017 indicates the rising popularity of the site in the US.

*CitySquares moved up from #80 to #66 on the top 100 list between 2016 and 2018.


67. AreaConnect

AreaConnect is a business directory search site that allows you to search through multiple yellow pages, white pages, local directories in 3954 cities and towns across the US (areaconnect.com). AreaConnect states that they help users search faster and smarter by filling out most of the forms on the user’s behalf and collecting the search forms for the user in a local home page.

Alexa Rank: 62678

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: N/A


68. Opendi

Opendi is a local search site that has listing directories for many cities and towns across the US. Opendi has nearly 9 million listings, 49,000 business profiles, 20,000 opening hours, and 10,500 reviews. Opendi has listings websites across the globe (Opendi.us).

Alexa Rank: 63693

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on Opendi

Basic local business listings on Opendi are free. The basic local business listing on Opendi includes a company name, description, link to website and the and ability to receive recommendations and reviews. In 2016, Opendi barely made the top 100 list at position 95. Now Opendi ranks at #68, indicating its growth in traffic and popularity for top directories in the US.

*Opendi moved 27 positions from #95 on the 2016 top business directories list to #68 in 2018.


69. Restaurants

Restaurants is an online directory with over 500,000 listings with local restaurant information (restaurants.com). The niche listings site lists locations, menus, specialties and blog posts. Users can find restaurants, review restaurants and read the Restaurant blog.

Alexa Rank: 68449

Business Directory Niche: Restaurants and food

Cost: Unsure

Why Businesses Should List on Restaurants.com

Having your business, menu, specialties, and even blog content hosted on the Restaurants directory is a great way to improve a restaurant's online visibility. The listing on this directory can be optimized drastically with photos, review collection, and more to stand out from other local restaurant competition.


70. YellowBot

YellowBot is a local search site for finding and reviewing places in and around users’ local communities.

Alexa Rank: 68626

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on Yellowbot

Businesses of all types can list on the Yellowbot directory and tag their business for consumers to find. The free listing is fairly basic, but Yellowbot offers paid packages to improve and enhance the listing with more content, as well as reputation management and website hosting solutions.

*Yellowbot moved up 12 positions between 2016 and 2017 on the top business directories list.


71. MagicYellow

MagicYellow is an online yellow pages directory. Users can create profiles and explore local businesses. Users can write reviews, connect with friends and discover new local businesses in the area.

Alexa Rank: 69733

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on MagicYellow

Users can create a MagicYellow profile for free, and business owners can update their courtesy business listing via an online form. There may be a fee associated with more robust business profiles and listings.


72. iBegin

iBegin is an online directory for the USA, Canada, UK and New Zealand. The business listings site lists multiple cities across the US and numerous categories on ranging across many industries and specific business goods and services.

Alexa Rank: 74233

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on iBegin

Business owners can create a business listing on the site for free. The listing pages for each business contains ample fields to add information and a map location. Users can even contact the business directly on the site through a form. Businesses can remove their phone number, update a business or remove a business directly on the directory's website.


73. Communitywalk

Communitywalk is a directory site to make personal, community, and professional maps that are embeddable on a website or blog. Users can add photos, videos, comments, and more.

Alexa Rank: 75,758

Business Directory Niche: Maps

Cost: $4.95/month

*Communitywalk is a new addition to the top 100 directories list!


74.Best of the Web

Best of the Web is an online directory that provides websites categorized both topically and regionally.

Alexa Rank: 76611

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with a paid options at $9.95/month

Why Businesses Should List on Best of the Web

Because it's the best of the web, of course! Just kidding. A listing on this directory may be worth it, as their paid options include a description of the company’s products and services, while a Premium package includes a brand list, website address, additional information, coupons and offers in addition to the products and services description.


75. American Towns

American Towns is an online community resource for users to find everything they need to navigate life in their town. The site organizes a town’s internet resources under a single umbrella, so users can find out what’s happening with their local government, schools, libraries and community groups. Users can also find recreation activities, entertainment spots, restaurants, movies, realtors, businesses and other services.

Alexa Rank: 78050

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

*American Towns moved down 17 positions from 2016 to 2017.


76. ForLocations

ForLocations is a local listing site that has location information on 28,326 different stores across the country (forlocations.com). Their goal is to make it easy for users to find information such as store locations, store hours and phone numbers. ForLocations recently added customer service numbers in a customer service directory for all the businesses currently listed on their local business directory.

Alexa Rank: 78629

Business Directory Niche: Maps

Cost: Free

*ForLocations dropped 15 positions from #60 to #75 in 2018.


77. Insider Pages

Insider Pages is a local search listing site where users can share reviews and find local businesses they can trust. Insider Pages and CitySearch are local search properties of CityGrid Media, an operating business of IAC (insiderpages.com).

Alexa Rank: 80820

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free


78. LocalStack

LocalStack (formerly Mojo pages) is a social-powered local search service that scores and combines interactions across all major social media sites as well as measures engagements and sentiment to tell users which businesses are worth checking out in their local area.

Alexa Rank: 83472

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

*LocalStack dropped 18 positions from #59 in 2016 to #77 in 2018.


79. eBusinessPages

eBusinessPages is business directory website built to connect local consumers with all-American, reputable, and green companies. eBusinessPages allows companies to collect consumer reviews to improve their reputation.

Alexa Rank: 84,335

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on eBusinessPages

eBusinessPages boasts over 15 million business listings, so why aren't you one of them? If you're an environmentally-conscious company, you can let consumers know that your business is going green and get added to a special category on the site.

*eBusinessPages is a new addition to the top 100 directories list!


80. Discover Our Town

Discover Our Town (or DOT) is a local city travel and shopping directory for a large network of towns and businesses across the country. DOT features categories such as relocation, bed and breakfast, real estate, apartments, jobs, moving, restaurants, shopping, travel, attractions, schools, things to do and more.

Alexa Rank: 93165

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid plans

*Discover Our Town moved up 12 directory places from #90 to #78.


81. 2FindLocal

2FindLocal is a local directory for many countries, including the US. Users can search for local businesses and add reviews (once they have an account).

Alexa Rank: 105563

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on 2FindLocal

2FindLocal is a directory site that has "gamified" their listings, meaning dedicated companies can affect where they appear on searches for free. 2FindLocal uses a point system that depends on your usage. The more point earning usage/activity that you do on the directory, the more likely you are to appear higher up on their results pages for the searches performed by users.


82. Tuugo

Tuugo is a community of businesses and consumers. Tuugo’s goal is to create a tightly knit connection between customers and companies. Users can publish and search the lists as they wish for free.

Alexa Rank: 110723

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options

Why Businesses Should List on Tugo

Companies can add their local business listing to Tuugo for free and promote their listing or add a products/service catalogue for a fee. Tuugo barely made it on to the 2016 list of top business directories in our first edition of this post, but now holds a solid place at #80.

*Tuugo jumped from position 99 in 2016's list of top directories to #82 in 2018.


83. YaSabe

YaSabe is a Hispanic oriented community business directory for users to find businesses, jobs, and other local information. The site has built and manages specialized web crawling, curation and translation technology to aggregate tens of millions of pieces of latin culture local information such as latin restaurants, spanish speaking businesses and bilingual job opportunities (yasabe.com).

Alexa Rank: 110899

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Paid packages start at $79 one-time or $199/year for a featured listing

Why Should Businesses List on Yasabe

Yasabe is one of the most prevalent business directory sites for the Hispanic community. Each listing plan has various features to update your business listing information and even translate your listing into Spanish (featured and premium).


84. Judy's Book

Judy’s Book is a social search tool/community/directory where users can get information on local businesses. Users can read reviews, recommendations, deals and get coupons on the local search site. Judy's Book aims for a social share aspect of review information so users can share places and local businesses with friends and family.

Alexa Rank: 112353

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Packages start at $19.92/month


85. Tupalo

Tupalo is a directory site built to help consumers search, discover, and share their favorite local businesses. This directory site categorizes businesses and allows consumers to create lists of businesses to check out, and save points of interest.

Alexa Rank: 113517

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Unsure

Why Businesses Should List on Tupalo

With check-ins, bookmarks, favorites, and review functionalities, Tupalo is an extremely robust directory platform that businesses can leverage to improve their visibility. Tupalo has an great, easy-to-use website with robust tagging and category functionality, which consumers will use to find your business!

*Tupalo is a new addition to the top 100 directories list!


86. GetFave

GetFave (Amazon Technologies) is a business listing site that allows businesses to list their information in an easily accessible place for Google. Users can discover businesses around them by hearing what deals, events and promotions they have going on without needing to follow or check in to find what the business is updating.

Alexa Rank: 121002

Business Directory Niche: Maps

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on GetFave

You can create a local business listing on the listing site for free. The free business listing allows you to add an image, website and other information. Businesses can advertise or “hype” their business. While it is not posted if or what the costs are, they should be accessible after creating an account. While this directory site doesn’t get a lot of hits directly, they do aim to make your local business listing on the site accessible for Google.


87. GoLocal247

GoLocal247 is an online business directory where users can search for local businesses, post reviews, browse event listings, and find coupons. The directory also features a free classifieds section, news, entertainment and weather based on the user’s zip code. GoLocal247 features directories on different sites in select states and locations.

Alexa Rank: 127502

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free

Why Businesses Should List on GoLocal247

Golocal247’s online business listings include business name, email, phone number, website, social media links, categories, payment types, address, city, state, zip code and hours. Golocal247 also has additional products such as enhanced online business profiles for businesses who want to further promote themselves on the site.


88. YellowPageCity

YellowPageCity is a network of online and print business directories for each city and state containing local business listings and ads. The online business directory features search options for yellow pages, job searches, hotels, classifieds and coupons.

 

Alexa Rank: 132790

Business Directory Niche:

Cost: Varies

Why Businesses Should List on YellowPageCity

For businesses with an older audience demographic, it might be worth it to list on YellowPageCity as they also distribute a print directory.


89. Yalwa

Yalwa is a listings site that helps people find local information about businesses in their community. Users can find business listings across different industries in each city of the country. Users can leave ratings on businesses they have received products or services from for other users to read.

Alexa Rank: 134931

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: $4.95/month


90. LocalEdge

LocalEdge is a Hearst Media Services Company that provides a local search directory as well as advertising products. With LocalEdge, users can find local business listings, search through the white pages, see maps and directions, obtain consumer information and more (localedge.com).

Alexa Rank: 135919

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Unsure


91. Cityfos

Cityfos is a local listing site featuring local services, businesses, contractors, products and other categories. Users can search the directory by businesses, cities, coupons and schools.

Alexa Rank: 146044

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid options

Why Businesses Should List on Cityfos

Businesses can enhance their visibility on the directory by upgrading their business listing to a Featured Listing for $59/yr. The Featured Listing ensures top placement of the listing in searches and other benefits.


92. My Huckleberry

MyHuckleberry is an online business directory with customer reviews, business profiles, expert answers and more (myhuckleberry.com). My Huckleberry can also advertise coupons for local businesses to consumers.

Alexa Rank: 177,867

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid package options


93. 8coupons

8coupons is a service that compares and finds local best deals and local businesses (restaurants, stores, entertainment). The site offers deals from a list of partners that include: Amazon, Google, eBay, Groupon, Restaurant.com, GrubHub, LivingSocial, Valpak, and more (8coupons.com).

Alexa Rank: 183099

Business Directory Niche: Other

Cost: Unsure


Why Companies Should List on 8coupons

Companies can promote deals to the 8coupons audience to drive more business. However, businesses interested in adding deals or coupons to the site must contact a third party advertising provider.


94. Yellow Pages Goes Green

Yellow Pages Goes Green (or Yellow Pages Directory Inc.) provides an environmentally friendly search engine business directory. Yellow Pages Goes Green supports the green movement, promotes, awareness and helps customers opt-out of printed yellow page directories while offering their online business directory as an alternative. Users can rate and review businesses on the site without having to make an account.

Alexa Rank: 208161

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: $49.95/year


95. LocalPages

LocalPages is a platform that provides local traffic to local businesses via search, email, display, and lead generation. The LocalPages directory has a variety of business categories and local search options.

Alexa Rank: 212121

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Free with paid options

Why Businesses Should List on LocalPages

LocalPages offers local advertising packages, a free business listing, a premium business listing and PPC and display marketing. The site claims that a free local listing includes: company name; address; phone number; Yahoo! Local and Google optimized listing and the ability to get found on Google, Yahoo! and Bing.


96. AllPages

AllPages is an online national yellow pages directory. The online business directory provides business listings that include a name, address, phone number and fax for businesses across many categories.

Alexa Rank: 257879

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Unsure


97. U.S. Directory

U.S. Directory is an online yellow pages directory where users can search for online business listings, phone numbers, addresses, local directions, maps and more. As US Directory promotes deals at local businesses to consumers, all of their business listing options are paid advertising packages.

Alexa Rank: 276656

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Contact sales


98. Allonesearch

Allonesearch is a listing site with local business listings throughout the US with contact details and information about each company. Users can search for large and small businesses alike by zip code, city or state.

Alexa Rank: 311755

Business Directory Niche: General

Cost: Unsure

Why Businesses Should List on Allonesearch

Listing information on Allonesearch is provided by Bizwiki, which has bots that crawl the web, gathers information, and automatically update their database with that info. For companies not yet listed, businesses are asked to ensure that their company name and contact information is included on their website’s home, contact and about pages. Those wanting to update their standing Bizwiki listing for free are asked to click on the report/update link on their business profile page on Bizwiki.


99. Contractors

Contractors is an online local contractor directory with over 1.8 million architects, plumbers, roofers and more. Contractors also offers tools for contractors to promote their businesses and connect with customers

Alexa Rank: 146044

Business Directory Niche: Home services

Cost: Free with paid options

Why Businesses Should List on Contractors

Businesses in the home services vertical should definitely list on this vertical-specific directory site! Home services businesses can claim their local business listing on Contractors for free, which includes business information, services provided and photos. The online business directory also offers Pro and Premium memberships for businesses that wish to have increased visibility in searches, verified badges and appear on competitors’ pages.


100. eHARDHAT

eHARDHAT is a local contractor directory that has over 2,800,000 listings (ehardhat.com). eHARDHAT specializes in listing home re-modelling and home services pros. This directory is free for homeowners to use and search for potential contractors.


Alexa Rank: 146044

Business Directory Niche: Home services

Cost: Free with paid options

Why Businesses Should List on eHARDHAT

Contractors and home service businesses should claim their business profiles on the eHARDHAT directory for more traffic. Once registered, business owners can add a company logo, website address, hours and specialties. It's a great way to generate business! Contractors are only charged for leads that are sent to them and not for setting up a local listing on the site.

 

Top 100 Business Directories Methodology

These online business directories were compared using Alexa’s top 500 search tool (Alexa ranks websites by average daily visitors and pageviews over the past month) and the Moz Toolbar. The list is ranked by the Alexa ranking. Further information from the MozToolbar has been added to the research data to provide additional pertinent information about the online local directories, which we feel gives a great well-rounded view and analysis of the online local business listing directories.

Alexa Data

From this Alexa data, we have filtered it to give you each online business directory's rank/popularity in the US.

Businesses need to be listed on online business directories that people will find and see. The more popular a directory is, the more likely it is that businesses will be found via customers searching online. Unless businesses are offering a product or service they can (and want) to sell globally, pages that are viewed by potential customers in the US are more pertinent.

Moz Data

The MozBar toolbar was used to compare domain authority of links.

moz domain authority

The greater your Domain Authority, the more likely you are to have a higher rank and stronger traffic. If an online business directory has a low to moderate domain authority like the example above, it means that the online business directory probably has a lower rank and not as much traffic. If an online business directory claims that they get tons of traffic and putting a listing on their local directory will turn a higher rank on search engine results pages, businesses should be aware that this may not be the case unless they are offering specific SEO services in addition to a listing on their online business directory.

I would keep an eye out for a directory that is making huge claims and asking for a lot of money to achieve but that has a low domain authority, and ask more questions before forking over any cash. If it is free, then it doesn’t hurt as bad if you don’t get the promised results.

Getting Started with Listings Management

There are a lot of online business directories out there. Too many. If businesses have the time (and $$) to add their local listing information on all of them, then that’s great! Businesses that don’t, don’t need to feel bad. It may be wise to pick the directories that offer the greatest return on time.

  • Is the online business directory viewed by people in the US?
  • Do people stay on the online business directory for a while or leave right away?
  • How many pages on the online business directory do they look at or how much time do they spend on a local directory?

Where Should I List my Business?

Listing on both popular, general directories as well as vertical-specific/niche directories is the way to go. Surprisingly,  niche local business directories are ranked high in Alexa, meaning that a fair amount of people use them in their business search. Also, if a business listing site isn’t viewed as often and it costs money to be listed on, it may not be worth the cost to create the listing. Some free online business directories are a better alternative if a business's digital marketing budget is small. A good strategy to start would be to make sure the business is at least listed on the top 10, then start building downward.

Listing Automation

If time and budget allow, adding your business to more online directories on the web can be automated. Digital agencies and companies offer services that will automatically correct listings and push data to them (like we do with Listing Distribution). If you decide to go to this route, find out which online business directories the services will claim, update and/or push data through to directories that are on this top 100 list. If the online business directories are listed on the top or near the top of the 100, they are more likely to have more traffic and search engine sway (help influence your business to be found higher up on a search engine’s results page).

Other Helpful Business Listing Tips

  • Can't find a specific directory? Check out the Alexa ranking
  • After claiming a social media page, keep it updated! Customers will expect you to periodically post things… otherwise it looks like the business no longer exists.
  • If the listing site has an option for customers to leave reviews, make sure your business is monitoring reviews on the listings sites and responding to them properly.

Good luck and happy listing!