Which Directories Send Me Traffic


July 31, 2007



To be honest, when I submit my link to most web directories I don’t expect to get any traffic at all back. I use web directories for links, not traffic, that’s it. The only directory I expect to get an decent traffic from is Yahoo! Directory. But when I was going through my stats for all my smaller sites this morning I noticed I was getting traffic from a number of directories I submitted to. So I thought I’d make a list of the directories that sent me traffic.

The amount of traffic sent by each directory varied site to site. Generally speaking, only 1 or 2 free directories sent me traffic the rest were paid placements. So, here’s the list of directories that sent me traffic:

  1. Aviva Directory (send on a few sites too)
  2. King Bloom
  3. Best Of The Web (my 2 month free sponsor sent quite a few, as did regular listings)
  4. Yahoo! (easily send the most traffic – but it’s the most expensive)
  5. Directory Panel
  6. Links Juice
  7. DirSpace
  8. Ezilon
  9. Joe Ant
  10. y7n Directory
  11. Romow

There were a lot of other directories that did send traffic, but it was only about 1-2 visitors a month which does make the list!

If you look at the above list you’ll see a very obvious trend…they are all quality, well managed directories. Which means not only do they send a bit of traffic, but your link is actually worth something when you submit it.

If you ask me, directory link building is definately not dead. I have just become a lot more selective about the site(s) I submit my site to. My old methods were to grab every link I could get, but that’s definately changed – especially with my larger sites.

It’s easy to see who puts time, effort and money into making a solid directory. These are the directories that you want your site listed in. And for the directory owners, the time, effort and money should pay off 🙂

2 Comments so far

  1. open web directory on July 27th, 2008

    open web directory…

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  2. thecritic on July 30th, 2008

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