Free Web Directories in the UK
Free Business Directories:
In a previous post we listed all the free web directories that you could get listed on (and hopefully get traffic from).
As we mentioned before some of them actually get a serious amount of traffic as stand-alone entities, however these days with all the recent Google changes it is now accepted by most online marketing companies that an actual physical presence is much more important than it used to be.
Gone are the days that you can just buy a typical “geographic” URL such as www.locksmithbedford.co.uk, or www.stalbansflooring.co.uk and pretend that you are actually in that location.
Google has become wise to this practice and takes a pretty dim view of it these days.
Have a genuine address
So how does Google judge physical presence? First of all with its own “Google places” offering (now integrated with your Google plus account) and also it uses the information harvested by other “local directories” out there.
Obviously some of them have much more influence with Google than others and we have done our best here to list the best ones.
One size does not fit all, note that some of them are more important for different sorts of business than others. There will always be places more geared to your specific needs or type of business and you should seek them out wherever you can.
Consistency consistency consistency.
The big thing in online marketing these days is:
name, address, phone number…
It has become apparent that Google expects these to be the same everywhere. So it is very important that you always enter your listing exactly the same way each time.
For example make sure you stick to one format for Street or Road-
Which of course can be entered:
ST, St, Str, RD, Rd, or even rd.
Clarendon Road or Clarendon rd, it doesn’t matter which you choose, but you must make sure it’s written the same on every website every time. Otherwise quite a lot of your effort will go to waste.
Shortcuts (thank god)
Looking at our list, it can be off-putting thinking you are going to have to type all your details into each free business directory every time but some things are always going to be the same such as:
Your name, company name, your telephone number, your mobile number
…all the usual stuff.
There are many pieces of software (including your browser) out there that will automatically complete these details on every free business listings website so you don’t have to manually type them in every time.
Most of these free sites ask for some sort of biography and company profile- Have a pre-written word document ready so you can cut and paste this every time into each online business directory.
Do it in one hit
We have found the best way to get this done is to do it in one session with your mobile phone turned off so you can just go at it as hard as you can. It take a couple of hours but it’s totally worth it.
Download the pdf free business directories uk or see below.
Free business directories
Business Directory UK Listings
LocalLife.co.uk (pick a city, then find the “Add” button in the top-right)
TheBestof.co.uk (add listing from homepage)
Main site: https://uk.local.yahoo.com/
Submit at: http://yahoo.infoservegroup.com/businessdetails.html
Yell (Yellow Pages online)
Main site: https://www.yell.com/
Submit at: https://www.yell.com/free-listing/
Main site: https://www.thomsonlocal.com/
Submit at: https://www.thomsonlocal.com/free-listing.aspx
Main site: https://www.city-visitor.com/
Submit at: http://www.cityvisitor.co.uk/order/free/
Main site: https://www.touchlocal.com/
Submit at: http://www.touchlocal.com/add-listing
Main site: https://www.freeindex.co.uk/
Submit at: https://www.freeindex.co.uk/signup.htm
Main site: https://www.yelp.co.uk/
Submit at: https://www.yelp.co.uk/business
Main site: https://www.tipped.co.uk/cities
Submit at: https://www.tipped.co.uk/login
And that’s not all….
In an effort to help all businesses get the best marketing results possible we’ve also created 2 in-depth guides to Social media and Content marketing which cover basic and advanced techniques for promoting your business online.
If you would like to know how well your SEO is doing and find out what improvements can be made, why not take advantage of our Free Website Audit, or get in touch with by calling us on 01923 439 662 for an informal chat.