Finding Free Backlinks Is Not as Simple as It Seems
Backlinks are very useful for driving traffic to your website, so after launching this website and submitting it to be indexed by Google and Bing, the first thing I decided to do was submit a link to CreateYourWebsites.com to as many free website directories as possible in an effort to gain more backlinks. This required that I carry out a search for the best website directories that would serve my purpose.
I started with a Google search and quickly discovered that most “Top 20” or “Best Directories” lists contained either outdated information, had many broken links or were directing users to directories where they had to pay to submit a link. I discovered that it takes a lot of time and effort to find websites where one could submit a link for free; therefore, I decided to compile a list of my findings to save others the time and hassle involved in finding free website directories.
Free Backlinks Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Fast Backlinks
Additionally, after going through the tedious work of submitting a link to this website to each of these directories, I noticed that every single website directory promotes “Featured Listings” or “Fast Approval Services,” which you have to pay for. I did not choose any of these paid up-sale features and stuck only with the free options.
The free submissions take an average of 2-4 months to be reviewed and added to a directory, so I strongly recommend submitting your links immediately after your website has launched.
Website Ranking Is Linked to Domain Authority
Below is a list of 50 (I actually updated it to contain almost 60) Free Directories all with a domain authority of at least 35. According to Moz, domain authority is a score (on a 100-point scale) that predicts how well a website will rank on search engines. The higher the number, the more authoritative your website is considered to be.
Save Time by Saving Information
Before you get started I’d highly recommend taking a few minutes to write out the following information and save it to a document somewhere. Almost all website directories ask for the same information, so this will allow you to easily copy and paste into the appropriate fields; this will save you a lot of time, especially as the number of web directories you submit a link to continues to grow.
- Title of website
- Description of website (keep to under 500 words)
- Meta Description (keep to under 250 words)
- Meta Keywords, comma delimited
- The best category that describes the website being submitted
Additional Note: While using copy and paste for your description makes it easy, I’d suggest tweaking it slightly each time so that it is not identical across every Web Directory.