What are online business directories and why should you be listed on them? 

Online business directories are a powerful tool when it comes to getting your business found online. As more and more consumers move their purchasing habits towards the digital space, it has become increasingly important that your business is easily found on the Internet. 
Online business directories are a great way to improve search engine rankings for your business - offering further visibility on the net through listings that curate company information and place it into a easily search-able format. 
To maximise the possibility that your business will be found on search engines, you will want to list your company on as many relevant directories as possible - making sure that the information is always up-to-date. 
To save you time, we’ve searched the web and curated a list of some of the best online business directories. 
Read on for our favourite 15 online directories and why we like them: 

1. Google My Business 

We are all aware that Google is the world’s number one search engine, and it is by a long way. People don’t search things anymore, they ‘Google’ them. 
So it will come as no surprise to you that it’s highly beneficial for your business to be listed on Google My Business. A GMB listing is a great way to get your business found online, both on the Google search engine results page (SERP) and on Google Maps. 

2. UK Small Business Directory 

UK Small Business Directory offers free business listings with the option for users to search by category, country and town. Over 245,000 UK businesses are listed in this directory.  
A minimalist design and simple search function make it an easily accessible directory that your business will benefit from being included in. 

3. Business Magnet 

Business Magnet is a comprehensive UK B2B (Business to Business) platform with over 140,000 businesses currently listed. You’ll be in good company on a site with over 3 million impressions to date. 

4. Hotfrog 

The UK’s freshest local business directory. Find and book the right business the first time on the Hotfrog website. We like their style - the site is great to look at and simple to use. Your business would do well to be included in their directory. 

5. Cyclex 

Cyclex offers comprehensive business listings that include Google maps and route planner, opening hours, price lists, menus, products and services catalogues. Your company profile will provide a complete overview of everything a customer wants to know. 

6. Yell.com 

Launched by the publishers of the Yellow Pages in 1996, Yell puts the names, addresses and telephone numbers of millions of businesses at your fingertips, from accountants to window cleaners. It's free to register your business for the Yell online directory. 

7. Thomson Local 

Thomson Local - like Yell - began its life as a printed business directory that could be found in homes all over the UK. Now it’s a fully digital business directory connecting millions of customers with local businesses all over the UK. 

8. Business-directory.org.uk 

Business-directory.org.uk is a free advertising solution for UK businesses to promote their business online. The no-frills website is very easy to navigate and has links to thousands of UK businesses 

9. The Best Of Local 

Specialising in helping customers find the best businesses locally, your business will benefit from the services on offer by thebestof.co.uk. From the southwest to the northeast, thebestof has local business listings covered. 

10. FreeIndex 

FreeIndex is a small independent UK company that provides detailed business listings, reviews and the ability to get quotes for services directly from the site. It’s free to use, and most importantly, free for businesses to advertise! 

11. Yelp 

Get discovered by millions of people ready to buy, visit and hire. Yelp gets more than a million unique UK views per month, it is a must-have directory for your business to feature in - and it’s free to create a business page 

12. Bing Places  

You would be forgiven for forgetting about Bing Places when it comes to listing your business. After all, Google takes such a huge slice of the search engine pie that it might seem a waste of time you putting your business on anything other than Google My Business. 
However, Bing has seen a rise in its market share over the past few years, and with the ability to get your business found on Bing search results and Bing Maps, the potential reach is nothing to be sniffed at. 

13. Scoot 

With over 600,000 registered members and 4,000 to 6,000 new businesses joining each month, Scoot is clearly the place to be for UK businesses. Registering is simple, and more importantly, it’s free. 

14. Approved Business 

Approved Business is a UK B2B directory, with a list of over 30,000+ products and services. Registering your company is free of charge, with the option to upgrade to ‘featured supplier’. 

15. Bizify 

Bizify is an easy-to-use online business directory with some great features, including the ability to add blog posts to your company page and integrate your social media channels, subsequently improving your rank in search engine results, regardless of how strong your current online presence is. 

16. Advantage Card 

As a bonus for businesses who want to promote to residents of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead through their Advantage Card scheme, this is a great listing! So long as you offer a discount to residents, you get a free discount listing on the website. Fill in your details and register here 

Industry Specific Directories 

So that’s the list of our favourite online directories and why we like them. How many is your business listed on? 
The directories we mentioned are quality sites that offer a variety of services for a broad spectrum of businesses. 
If you are looking for a more focused directory on which to place your products and services, there are plenty of industry-specific options for you to choose from. 
For example, as a web design company we are listed on webdesigners-directory.co.uk and www.websitedesignseoexperts.co.uk. These directories focus on listing web design companies like it’seeze Web Design Windsor. 

Remember to keep your online business listings consistent and up to date 

Wherever you decide to list your business, be sure to list on multiple directories - ideally a mix of industry-centred and general business directories - and remember to keep the information about your business consistent and up-to-date across each directory.  
This will ensure your business has the best chance of being found by potential customers, and that those customers find the correct information. 
If you’d like to find out more about the services we offer, explore our site or get in touch with a member of our team here at it’seeze Web Design Windsor.  
We look forward to hearing from you. 
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