Last Update: March 25, 2014

A common question asked by webmasters is: “What are the best directories to pay to submit my website to?

If you ask this, you’ll get lots of responses. But generally, the responses tend to list the directories that are most popular or that are owned by the person answering the question or his or her buddies.

There really is a lack of objective evidence as to which directories are truly good. So, in 2006 we devised this list in an attempt to address this and provide objective directory rankings.

Back in 2006, the folks over at what is now called Moz developed a Page Strength Tool. The tool took a wholistic view of websites, and was fairly representative of how Google viewed websites (and directories). According to Moz, the page strength tool was a better metric to quickly assess a site / page’s relative importance and visibility. Aviva Directory applied the Page Strength tool to all of the general web directories to give an objective list of the best web directories.

Since then, Moz deprecated the page strength tool and replaced it with the Trifecta Tool. Aviva Directory started using that to rank directories. That tool was also later deprecated, and replaced with Open Site Explorer. Open Site Explorer gives a number of measurements about a website, including Domain Authority. This measurement predicts a domain’s ranking potential in the search engines. This is the tool Aviva Directory now uses to provide directory rankings.

Without further ado, below is a ranking of all general web directories with a minimum domain authority of 30, along with their submission prices.

Domain Authority

Directory URL

Basic Price

Featured Price

Comments

Domain Authority 90-100

100

http://dir.yahoo.com/

$299.00/year

Non-commercial sites may be submitted for free

96

http://www.dmoz.org/

Free

Domain Authority 80-89

81

http://www.business.com/

$299.00/year

81

http://www.hotvsnot.com/

$63.00/year or $300.00/once

Free with reciprocal link

Domain Authority 70-79

79

http://botw.org/

$149.95/year or $299.95/once

75

http://www.stpt.com/

$99.00/year

74

http://www.directoryworld.net/

Free

£29.95/once

71

http://directory.r-tt.com/

Free

70

http://www.littlewebdirectory.com/

Free

Domain Authority 60-69

69

http://www.jayde.com/

Free

67

http://www.botid.org/

$14.00/year or $25.00/once

67

http://www.ezilon.com/

$69.00/year or $199.00/once

Free for non-profits and government sites

66

http://www.pegasusdirectory.com/

Free

$27.00/year or $69.00/once

66

http://www.familyfriendlysites.com/

$19.94/year or $49.99/once

$59.94/year

64

http://www.tsection.com/

Free

$19.95/year

63

http://www.avivadirectory.com/

$49.95/year or $149.95/

62

http://directory.v7n.com/

$49.95/once

61

http://www.dirjournal.com/

$59.95/once or $159.95/once

$99.95/year or $249.95/once

60

http://www.domaining.in/

$9.00 per year

$25.00 per year

60

http://www.joeant.com/

$39.99/once

60

http://www.elib.org/

‚¬15.00/once

‚¬49.00/once

Domain Authority 50-59

59

http://www.linkcentre.com/

Free

$75.00/year

59

http://www.allthewebsites.org/

Free

59

http://www.vmoptions.com/

$39.99/once

$49.99/year

58

http://www.moo-directory.com/

$30.00/year

$75.00/once

58

http://www.blazemp.com/dir/

Bid for placement (min. $49.95)

58

http://www.mygreencorner.com/

$19.00/once

$35.00/year or $75.00/once

57

http://www.abilogic.com/

$19.95/once

$34.95/once

57

http://thalesdirectory.com/

Free

$20.00/once

57

http://www.nzpages.co.nz/

Unknown

New Zealand sites only

56

http://www.jasminedirectory.com/

$39.00/once

$79.00/once

56

http://www.alivedirectory.com/

$49.95/year or $149.95/once

$74.95/year or $224.95/once

56

http://www.diroo.org/

Free

$5.00/once

56

http://www.webworldindex.com/

$25.00/once

Free submissions to regional categories

55

http://www.businessseek.biz/

Free

$20.00/year

54

http://www.amray.com/

Free

$29.00/year or $39.00/once

53

http://www.goguides.org/

$39.99 Express or $69.95 Easy

Membership program for unlimited submissions

53

http://www.gimpsy.com/

$49.00/once

53

http://www.worldsiteindex.com/

£7.99/once

£14.99/year

53

http://www.homesalez.com/directory/

Free/year

$29.95/2-years

53

http://info-listings.com/

Free

$29.99/once

52

http://www.prolinkdirectory.com/

Free

$59.00/once

52

http://www.ablazedirectory.com/

$6.95/once

$39.95/once

52

http://www.zepti.com/

Free

51

http://www.cipinet.com/

$25.00/once

$60.00/once

51

http://www.authoritydirectory.com/

$10.00/year or $25.00/once

$20.00/year or $50.00/once

51

http://directory.webtoolhub.com/

Free

$9.99/year or $49.95/once

51

http://www.bhanvad.com/

$30.00/once

51

http://www.clora.net/

$49.95/once

$149.95/once

50

http://www.skaffe.com/

$44.99/once

Free submissions on weekends

50

http://www.incrawler.com/

$24.95/once

$49.95/once

50

http://www.ellysdirectory.com/

$9.95/once

$19.95/once

50

http://www.kahuki.com/

$19.95/year

$49.95/year

50

http://www.search-group.com/

$25.00/once

$125.00/once

50

http://www.gainweb.org/

Free

$39.00/once

50

http://www.busybits.com/

$25.00/once

Non-commercial sites may be submitted for free

Domain Authority 40-49

49

http://www.wowdirectory.com/

$43.00/once

$65.00/once

Free submissions on weekends

49

http://www.allydirectory.com/

$24.99/once

$74.99/once

49

http://abacusdirectory.com/

$5.00/once

$15.00/year

49

http://www.suggest-url.net/

Free

$15.00/once

48

http://www.ambradirectory.com/

$15.00/once

$20.00/year

48

http://www.linkcruncher.com/

Reciprocal

$1.00/once

48

http://www.enquira.com/

$39.00/once

48

http://links.scrabblestop.com/

Free

$10.00/once

48

http://www.citystar.com/

$39.95/once

$29.00/month

47

http://www.massivelinks.com/

$39.99/once

$79.99/year

Non-profit sites may be submitted for free

47

http://www.cannylink.com/

$19.95/once

$39.95/once

47

http://www.freelinksdirectory.net/

Reciprocal

$10/once

46

http://www.elitesitesdirectory.com/

$3.00/once

45

http://www.mastermoz.com/

Free

45

http://dir.radkid.org/

Bid for placement (min. $1)

Pediatric mental health only

45

http://www.dirmania.org/

$10.00/once

$20.00/once

45

http://www.zorg-directory.com/

$38.99/once

$54.99/once

45

http://www.linkopedia.com/

$9.95/once

45

http://www.1websdirectory.com/

Free

$17.00/year or $35.00/once

45

http://9ug.com/

$6.00/year

$20.00/year

44

http://www.wikidweb.com/

Free

43

http://www.greenstalk.com/

$29.95/once

43

http://www.synergy-directory.com/

Free

$12.99/once

43

http://www.sunsteam.com/

$29.00/year

$79.00/once

43

http://www.web-beacon.com/

$39.99/once

Non-profit sites may be submitted for free

42

http://www.247webdirectory.com/

Free

$44.99/once

42

http://www.kwikgoblin.com/

$34.99/once

$59.95/once

42

http://www.nexusdirectory.com/

Free

$10.99/once

41

http://www.isoosi.com/

$67.00/once

41

http://www.top5jamaica.com/

Free

Jamaica sites only

41

http://www.blogaboutmysite.com/directory/

$14.95/once

$37.99/once

40

http://arielis.com/

$29.95/once

$9.95/month

40

http://www.directorydelux.com/

$34.95/once

$88.95/once

40

http://www.pulso.org/

$35.00/once

$95.00/once

40

http://threelinkdirectory.com/

$5.00/once

Free with reciprocal link

Domain Authority 30-39

39

http://www.rakcha.com/

$59.00/once

39

http://www.emillie.net/

$24.99/once

$39.99/year

39

http://blogannounce.info/

$19.95/once

$49.95/once

$9.95 with reciprocal link

39

http://www.onlinewide.com/

$39.95/once

$99.95/once

38

http://www.sevenseek.com/

$50.00/once

$99.95/once

38

http://www.browse8.com/

$35.00/once

$150.00/year

37

http://www.apahcinc.org/

$44.95/year or $134.95/once

37

http://www.webotopia.org/

$14.99/once

$29.99/once

37

http://www.dirwizard.com/

$29.95/once

$59.95/year or $89.95/once

36

http://www.argusvision.net/

$59.95/once

$99.95/once

35

http://www.excellentguide.com/

$49.99/once

35

http://ravetheweb.com/

$10.00/once

$20.00/once

35

http://www.cascandra.com/

$11.99/once

$29.95/year

35

http://www.killerdirectory.com/

£30.00/once

£50.00/year

34

http://www.ajdee.com/

$25.00/once

34

http://www.dirwell.com/

$29.95/once

$89.95/once

33

http://www.ebusiness-directory.com/

$19.99/once

$39.99/year

33

http://www.web1directory.com/

Free

33

http://www.ventedoy.com/

Bid for placement (min. $5.00)

33

http://www.globedirectory.org/

Free

32

http://www.umdum.com/

$50.00/once

32

http://www.seoma.net/

$15.00/once

32

http://xysyst.net/

Free

32

http://www.w3dir.com/

$9.00/once

$18.00/once

30

http://www.fullofsearch.com/

$34.99/once

$54.99/once