How To Do Directory Submission in SEO?

Backlinks to your blog are very essential. Having a safe link building profile is even more essential. I have listed a huge list of natural link building techniques in this post. Today we will discuss one more source of building safe backlink (which works post penguin update) i.e. directory submission.

Blog directories are often overlooked and thought to be spammy, but if done safely these are great untapped sources of dofollow backlinks plus exposure for your blog.

This detailed tutorial on blog directory submission will walk you through the whole process of finding blog directories, registering in them as well as safe tricks to get quick approval.

What are Blog Directories?

Wikipedia describes blog directories as huge databases that list websites based on categories and subcategories. Most directories take up the whole website submitted into one category or niche rather than individual pages or post.

For example, if you have a blog in blogging niche but do write one or two articles on social media, your blog will be categorized to blogging niche rather than both.

Most blog directories are free to enroll, but some paid ones also do exist which have perks of their own.

What is Directory Submission in SEO?

Blog directory submission is the process of listing your site to various directories or databases under the correct category or sub category. Be sure to submit your site under the most appropriate category to take the full advantage of blog directory submission. Check this directory submission process:

directory submission process

What is the Use of Directory Submission in SEO?

Blog directories make your blog visible beyond the realms of your own blogging circle. Here are some of the benefits of joining blog directories that make the process do lucrative.

1) Get quality and safe backlinks:

Most blog directories are manually supervised for any wrong submissions. Hence, these sites are spam free and are a potential source of building SEO friendly backlinks. Some blog directories also provide dofollow backlinks. Imagine what benefit can getting the 10 dofollow backlinks from 10 submissions have on your blogs ranking in the SERPs.

2) Getting massive exposure:

Let’s face it. Your audience is the key to your blog’s existence. You have your own set of audience from a particular demographic region. How about crossing those limits and getting seen by an even larger audience.

Blog directories display your site for every related search query on their database. That means more chances of getting noticed by audiences that would otherwise have no idea on your blog.

3) Chances of getting review requests or paid post opportunities:

Some web directories are so active and because these directories are popular and usually have quality blog submissions these are the best (and easiest) places for businesses to look for paid review postings.

Since you are a member of these directories your website is visible to these brands. The chances are higher you get business opportunities from them like sponsored reviews or banner advertisements on your blog.

4) Increase in blog’s overall earnings:

Considering the above facts, we can say that submitting your blog to directories can help you in getting review requests. Moreover, they increase chances of your blog getting discovered so you have an increased audience base.

An increase in audience is directly proportional to increase in earnings through any monetization method you have set up on your blog.

How to do Directory Submission for SEO?

Now that we know what blog directories are and how they can help us in blogging, not signing up would be a mistake. So here are some simple steps to get your site submitted to various blog directories and make backlinks.

Step:1 Some pre-submission work.

Before submitting your site here is a simple task to perform. This will actually help in easy submission without much hassle.

  1. Create a notepad file and save the following there.
  2. Your blog URL,
  3. Your blog’s RSS feed URL,
  4. Your social profile links.
  5. And a brief excerpt describing your site (some directories need this.)

Step: 2 Find some awesome and huge lists of blog directories. You can find two most popular blog directory lists here and here.

Step: 3 Choose the blog directories based on your choices, like number of blogs associated, PR of the site (if you are solely considering backlinks), alexa rank, domain authority, no. of indexed pages in Google etc.

Step: 4 Suppose you choose a directory named

Step: 5 Choose a relevant category for your submission.

Step: 6 Dig deeper to choose a preferable sub-category.

Step: 7 Choose the category/sub-category that fits your blog’s niche accurately.

directory submission

Step: 8 Once you found the appropriate sub category click on submit your site on the top right of the page.

Submit Your Site

Step: 9 Fill on the details from the notepad file you just created.

directory submission blog information

Step: 10 Submit.

Voila you’re done!

Certain tips for safe playing:

  1. Do not submit your site to the wrong category in lieu of lucrative listings and earning opportunities.
  2. Submit your site to the most accurate sub category.
  3. Do not spam a directory.
  4. Do not provide wrong physical address or blog stats.
  5. Do not prefer submitting to a site that requires reciprocal link back or banners on your site. Having badges and sitewide linkbacks to the directories may harm your site’s SEO score. So stay safe.

Over to you

I would always say submitting to blog directories is a must and SEO friendly way to get backlinks. Even if we ignore this aspect, there are huge chances of getting your blog discovered by audiences that otherwise would have never come across your blog.

Therefore, I suggest getting listed in at least a few honest and popular blog directories for SEO benefits.

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25 thoughts on “How To Do Directory Submission in SEO?”

  1. Its a good tutorial and everything you have explained in easy way. Thanks.

  2. hi sir thanks for sharing this relevant content…. and i wanna ask one question from you that what is Reciprocal link in web directory submission,is it must to submit some another website link or we can to use our website link in reciprocal link tab… and for every new directory is it compulsory to change tittle description keywords for the same…….
    thanks and regards

    • Hi Gagan, Reciprocal link is that location of that page where you have added a link back to that directory. Choose only regular links while doing directory submission. There is no need to fill reciprocal link field. You can leave it blank.
      Yes, it is very important to change title, description and keywords. You can do multiple submissions with same title and keyword but the description should be different in each submission.

  3. hi.. I am confused.. I dont see a submit your site in the page that i opened.. where should i post the information.?? any help pls..!! thanks a lot.. 🙂

  4. Trương Dương

    “Using Directory Submission post penguin comes under the safest way to increase link building popularity of blog” how do you know that ?

  5. A question regarding link directories and SEO.

    When evaluating whether buying or not a link from a link dir will benefit my PageRank, is it a good rule of thumb if i just check the PR of the EXACT page where my link will be put?
    And obviously the relevance of my site with that page and the other sites it links to.

    And another thing to consider is how many outbound links are there in that page. This is important because the PR increment i get will be inversely proportional to the number of links that are already present on that page.

    If the link to my site is the only outbound link, the PR increment i get is optimal.

    Is that all correct? Thank you

  6. Hello there,
    Thank you for your tips on how to submit to directories . It really help me and am sure it will help others too….

  7. helo sir…

    i want to learn complete seo.will u plz help me.i want to join seo analyst in a company.but i have no knoweledge about seo, so plz help me.thank u so much…..

  8. Hello sir,
    I want to know whether any tricks are there to do directory submission fastly. Daily i wan to do 15 directory submission, it consumes lot of time for me. Help me if there are any tricks . For every new directory site, it is necessary to change title description and keyword for same url submission?

  9. Samandar Nichari

    As you’ve stated above that directory websites were used to find contents like how we do in search-engines now.

    Even though, The directories can be one essential way to find beneficial and relevant contents this time.

  10. Hello Ankit !
    First have a cheers to your article, good one about directory submissions but have a doubt is still directory submission is good for seo 2014 . i red in some articles directory submissions are no more useful for seo off optimization. If am wrong could you answer me its valuable or not and how to use it in a correct way for my website.

    • Hi Charan, as SEO is changing very fast, Directory submissions is still have their important if done correctly.

      Submit your blog/site to only high valuable directories and ignore the rest.

  11. Hi, I am running an e-commerce and looking for some help with seo. I have no knowledge about seo. Can you help me out with it?

    • You must start reading online about E-Commerce site’s SEO. It will help you.

  12. Hi Ankit.. i am very impress with your article but Building Back links from Directories won’t affect by Google Algorithm?

  13. Thank u so much for this help full information, and i want to know more about backlinks techniques.

  14. Thanks Singla bhai!!

    I was in a dilemma to do directroy submission or not, but you cleared all my doubts

    Thanks a lot 😀

  15. Hiii Ankit..welll its a nice article. Well my question is how many bookmarking is relevant for a website. i mean for a day or month. plss suggest me

  16. Hi Ankit, how are you.
    I’m surya from andhra.i have doubt about article submission..
    Plz tell me how to do article submission for job related sites. And what type of article should i write in that…

  17. Hi…,Thanks for posting this article.
    Now a days, Some persons are saying like here…directories are not good for getting backlinks and High page rank sites are better for getting backlinks.

    So please tell me
    Do we do only high page rank sites for directory submission?

  18. I think Directory submission is not useful anymore due to google algorithm update?
    Do i still need to do that?

  19. Do we have to submit the link of our main URL like or we submit the link of our blogpost also like

  20. Hi Ankit,

    It’s a nice and informative post. What I’ve observed with directory submissions is that most of them require you to pay or put up their banner on your site.

    Finding free and high PR directories is becoming difficult for me. I don’t want to go with these options for now.

    Can you help me how I should go about finding free directory submission opportunities?


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