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Here we have it, 36 approved UK business directories you can submit your website to get your link juices flowing.
Submitting your business to directories is great for Local Citations.
What are Local Citations I hear you ask? Local Citations are multiple consistent mentions of your business information on local business directories. Search engines like Google use these mentions as a trust signal and consistent NAP mentions of your business will help you to rank in local Google search results.
In order for Google to take notice, you must follow guidelines and make sure you submit exactly the same information (NAP) to every single directory. NAP – Name, Address, Phone Number – is critical for businesses wishing to rank well in the local organic search results.
So here we have the top 36 UK business directories, based on trust, Alexa and PR rank.
Google My Business
www.google.co.uk/business – Listing Price: Free
You must start your journey by listing your business in the Google My Business directory. When users are searching for services or businesses around your local area, either in the standard search engine or Google Maps, appearing in Google”s directory listings can drive a significant amount of traffic to your website. This is ranked number #1 in the UK – no surprises there.
www.bingplaces.com – Listing Price: Free
Do not underestimate the power of Microsoft’s Bing. Bing Places for Business is a Bing portal that enables local business owners to add a listing for their business on Bing. Having a web presence for your business is as much of a must-have as being listed in the phone book once was.
www.yahoo.com – Listing Price: Freemium
1 in 8 searches happen on Yahoo so don’t ever think for one minute that Yahoo is a thing of the past. Having said that, unlike all other business directories, Yahoo has partnered with Yext and you have to go through them to be listing on the Yahoo Local directory. More info over at Yext.co.uk.
www.linkedIn.com – Listing Price: Free
LinkedIn is a business social network that allows you to connect with other businesses. As well as personal profiles, LinkedIn allows comapnies to create their own pages.
www.facebook.com – Listing Price: Free
Wait, why is Facebook listed here, it’s not a business directory? We know, however, because Facebook, just like LinkedIn, allows businesses to create company profiles where users can follow and keep up to date with your business. Facebook is ranked in the top 5 websites in the world.
www.yell.com – Listing Price: Freemium
Remember the Yellow pages? Well, this is the online version of the Yellow Pages. Yell is ranked in the top 500 most popular website in the UK.
www.yelp.co.uk – Listing Price: Free
Yelp is a social directory that allows customers to review their favourite local joints and businesses. Yelp.co.uk is ranked in the top 800 most popular website in the UK.
www.thomsonlocal.com – Listing Price: Freemium
Thomson Local is another popular business directory that is amazingly still in print. The online version of the directory is ranked in the top 5,000 most popular website in the UK.
www.scoot.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
Scoot is a network-based business directory. Their partners include The Sun, The Mirror, The Independent, Touch Local and others. What does this mean? In short, if you add your business to Scoot, your business listing will also appear on partner websites, which is a bonus. Scoop is ranked in the top 14,000 most popular website in the UK.
Foursquare City Guide
www.foursquare.com – Listing Price: Paid
Foursquare is a local search-and-discovery directory which provides search results for its users. The website provides personalised recommendations of places to go to near a user’s current location based on users’ “previous browsing history, purchases, or check-in history”.
UK Linked – NEW
www.uklinked.co.uk – Listing Price: £4.99
Create your simple business profile page today and increase traffic to your business website. UK Linked is a spam free directory for serious business owners which includes deep page linking that allows you to link directly to internal pages using your desired keywords.
www.freeindex.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
The Free Index directory is one of the most detailed sources of business information in the UK. With well over 1.5 million registered members and 700,000 registered companies, you can find any kind of local or national business. Free Index is ranked in the top 10,000 most popular website in the UK.
www.hotfrog.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
Hotfrog operates in over 30 countries and has over 1.2 UK million visitors a month. Hotfrog is ranked in the top 30,00 most popular websites in the UK.
www.lacartes.com – Listing Price: Freemium
La Cartes operates in over 130 countries and is ranked in the top 50,000 most popular websites in the UK.
www.192.com – Listing Price: Free
192.com is a person and business directory. Check to see if your business is already listed, if not you can go ahead and submit it for free. 192.com is ranked in the top 500 websites in the UK.
www.cylex-uk.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
Cylex is a business directory that likes to get businesses involved. They have several listing options and if you are one of the lucky ones they will offer you a personal business review. Cylex is ranked in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.
www.locanto.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
Locanto is more of a classifieds style website. However, businesses are welcome to list their services. Locanto is ranked in the top 6,000 websites in the UK.
All In London
www.allinlondon.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
All In London is a London only business directory, I would say more of a community like Yelp where you can review your favourite joints, read local London guides and search for local London businesses. All In London is ranked in the top 7,000 websites in the UK.
www.approvedbusiness.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
Approved Business is a leading UK business to business listing directory, covering a wide range of highly targeted industry sectors and lists over 30,000+ products and services. Approved Business is ranked in the top 70,000 most popular websites in the UK.
UK Small Business Directory
www.uksmallbusinessdirectory.co.uk – Listing Price: Free
The small business directory has an amazing PR. The website is ranked in the top 50,000 websites in the UK.
www.opening-times.co.uk – Listing Price: Free
www.yalwa.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
Yalwa operates in over 17 countries. It is ranked in the top 100,00 most popular websites in the UK.
www.brownbook.net – Listing Price: Freemium
The Brown Book is a global business directory that also caters to the UK. The directory is ranked in the top 50,00 most popular websites in the UK.
Local Data Search
www.localdatasearch.com – Listing Price: Free
The Local Data Company lists hundreds of thousands of businesses. In association with The Local Data Company, your business will be viewed by a huge audience of web and mobile users across the United Kingdom and beyond. The Local Data Company is ranked in the top 6,000 websites in the UK.
www.businessmagnet.co.uk – Listing Price: Free
The Business Directory for UK Companies. As simple as that. Business magnet is ranked in the top 30,000 websites in the UK.
www.opendi.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
Business Pages and reviews with 1819000 companies and 54000 reviews. More than 5000 companies with detailed descriptions and map. Opendi is ranked in the top 50,000 most popular websites in the UK.
The Trade Finder
www.thetradefinder.co.uk – Listing Price: Free
The Trade Finder gives you so much more than just a name and address. Many of the businesses we list include useful additional information like facilities, opening times, payment methods, maps, directions, website links, photos, videos and lots of special offers. The Trade Finder is ranked in the top 100,00 websites in the UK.
www.listedin.co.uk – Listing Price: Paid
Find and connect with thousands of local UK businesses on ListedIn. ListedIn is ranked in the top 40,000 websites in the UK.
Business Directories Not Listed Amongst The Top 100,000 Most Popular Websites In The UK
www.searchme4.co.uk – Listing Price: Free
Seachme4 is a UK business directory. The website is ranked just outside of the top 100,000 most popular websites in the UK.
www.pinbud.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
Pin Bud is a one-stop business website offering search, research, and quick contact with multiple local businesses using a single service request form. Sadly, Pin Bud is ranked within the top 5,000,000 websites in the UK. Still, it has a PR2 which is not to be to sniff at.
www.tradepages.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
The TradePages.co.uk Directory is more than your average online directory. TradePages.co.uk is a single database of business listings set across a network of directories offering comprehensive product and service information that allows users to make informed business decisions from one location. Trade pages is ranked within the top 5,000,000 websites in the UK.
UK Business Directory LTD
www.ukbusinessdirectoryltd.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
Another UK Business directory. This website is not ranked and does not have a page rank but is listed on the first page in google for the keyword term ‘UK Business Directory’.
Business Directory UK
www.business-directory-uk.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
The directory lists a wide range of businesses, non-profit organisations and charities in the UK and foreign companies who offer a service in the UK. This website is not ranked but it does have PR score of 5.
www.uk-businesses.co.uk – Listing Price: Freemium
UK Businesses offer three types of listings. This website is not ranked but it does have PR score of 1.
www.bizify.co.uk – Listing Price: Free
Find & review great local businesses as part of the fastest growing free business directory in the UK, for small & large companies who want to be found by your customers.
www.finsie.co.uk – Listing Price: From £4.99
Finsie is an online shop directory. If you have an online store or shop and wish to gain further exposure as well as increase your current link juice, Finsie is the place for your business. Please note that only online stores and physical stores that also sell products online are welcome. If your website does not sell online your listing will automatically be rejected and deleted.
Are you looking to expand and are looking for directories in the U.S? If so check out our new post on the top US business directories to list your business.