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.

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.

Directory URL
Applegate www.applegate.co.uk
Pinbud www.pinbud.co.uk
City Listings www.city-listings.co.uk
Scoot www.scoot.co.uk
Cylex UK www.cylex-uk.co.uk
BizBuzz www.bizbuzz.com
Qype UK www.qype.co.uk
Local Data Search www.localdatasearch.com
Touch Local www.touchlocal.com
Biz Wiki UK www.bizwiki.co.uk
Hotfrog UK www.hotfrog.co.uk
192.com www.192.com
118.com www.118.com
LinkedIn www.linkedin.com
Yelp www.yelp.co.uk
Yell www.yell.com
BrownBook www.brownbook.net
Opendi www.opendi.co.uk
FreeBD www.freebd.co.uk
B99 b99.co.uk
Enter UK www.enteruk.co.uk
UK Local Search www.uk-local-search.co.uk
Look Trade www.look-trade.co.uk
Business Line Directory www.businesslinedirectory.com
Yalwa UK www.yalwa.co.uk