Update: This article was originally published in 2012. The web has changed a lot since then, and directory link building is no longer best practice for SEO. For up-to-date information about building links to your website, please see our guide to safe link building in 2016.

As we all know in the SEO trade backlinks are an important factor in how your site is ranked – and submitting to business directories is one part of the process for building your website’s backlink profile.

Not only do most business directories provide a link to your site but they also help with citations – search engines (especially with Google) get to recognise your business, it’s location and the niche of your business.

Below is a list of UK business directories which come back as backlinks within Google. All loved and quickly indexed once submissions are live.

Plus, what’s more they’re free. So enjoy!

Remember, when submitting to these directories always search and find if your business is already listed. It saves everybody’s time.

Applegatewww.applegate.co.uk
Pinbudwww.pinbud.co.uk
City Listingswww.city-listings.co.uk
Scootwww.scoot.co.uk
Cylex UKwww.cylex-uk.co.uk
BizBuzzwww.bizbuzz.com
Qype UKwww.qype.co.uk
Local Data Searchwww.localdatasearch.com
Touch Localwww.touchlocal.com
Biz Wiki UKwww.bizwiki.co.uk
Hotfrog UKwww.hotfrog.co.uk
192.comwww.192.com
118.comwww.118.com
LinkedInwww.linkedin.com
Yelpwww.yelp.co.uk
Yellwww.yell.com
BrownBookwww.brownbook.net
Opendiwww.opendi.co.uk
FreeBDwww.freebd.co.uk
B99b99.co.uk
Enter UKwww.enteruk.co.uk
UK Local Searchwww.uk-local-search.co.uk
Look Tradewww.look-trade.co.uk
Business Line Directorywww.businesslinedirectory.com
Yalwa UKwww.yalwa.co.uk