Top 20 US Business Directories By Domain Authority (All Free)

Your presence in the top online business directories will help you to attract new customers, both directly and indirectly as an influential SEO ranking factor. Here’s our list of the best business directories in the USA, plus links to submit your business asap.

Online business directories used to be one of the easiest ways to improve search rankings. They were easy and for the majority of cases – they were free. So everyone went crazy and just listed their businesses on as many as they could.

But thanks to some pretty big Google algorithm changes back in the early 2010s – We now want to focus on the qualty of the sites that you list and link to your website.

So which directories should you prioritize?

I’ll typically look at a few key factors when working wth clients:

  • Is the directory specific to the area or industry?
  • Does it look like it has real traffic, ie Is it likely to refer traffic to the client’s website?
  • Does it have a high Domain Authority?

To help you identify your own shortlist, I’ve done the leg-work and curated the Top 20 US-based business directories by Domain Authority and noted their estimated monthly traffic using SEMRush. And all 20 have free listings.

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Despite constant requests to have other directories featured, this list will remain curated by the top DA scores so you know you can trust them. It is also audited every three months to ensure we maintain the best list for you.


Tips For Listing In Local Business Directories

  1. Select the most appropriate category. Take into account what your competitors have.
  2. Complete as much of your business listing as possible. This includes great photos.
  3. Ensure your Name, Address and Phone (NAP) matches that on your website and Google My Business listing.
  4. If you have more than one location then link to the relevant location page on your website, ie /Florida/.
  5. Write a unique business description – Don’t copy + paste from your website.
  6. Use a spreadsheet to keep your activity organised (as well as your log-ins).


Are listings on business directories still important?

How much effort or time should you invest in listing your business on the top business directories?

Whitespark announced the results of its Local Search Ranking Factors survey 2020 recently and the findings suggest the influence of such citations are not as important as they once were. They have slipped to the equal-sixth factor, while Google My Business and online reviews were considered first and second.


The 20 Best (FREE) US Business Directories

Based on Moz’s Domain Authority metric, below is the list of the Top US Online Directories.

Last updated: April 7th 2022


1. Yelp

Domain Authority: 93
Est. Monthly Traffic: 63.7mill

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2. Foursquare

Domain Authority: 92
Est. Monthly Traffic: 8.6mill

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3. Better Business Bureau

Domain Authority: 91
Est. Monthly Traffic: 10.9mill

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4. Mapquest

Domain Authority: 89
Est. Monthly Traffic: 15.7mill

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5. Yellow Pages

Domain Authority: 86
Est. Monthly Traffic: 15.8mill

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6. Angie’s List

Domain Authority: 82
Est. Monthly Traffic: 7.3mill

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7. Manta

Domain Authority: 80
Est. Monthly Traffic: 9.6mill

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8. Merchant Circle

Domain Authority: 75
Est. Monthly Traffic: 484.9k

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9. Thumbtack

Domain Authority: 76
Est. Monthly Traffic: 5.9mill

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10. Super Pages

Domain Authority: 69
Est. Monthly Traffic: 728.5k

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Domain Authority: 64
Est. Monthly Traffic: 3.3mill

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12. Brownbook

Domain Authority: 60
Est. Monthly Traffic: 1k

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13. Lacartes

Domain Authority: 60
Est. Monthly Traffic: 18k

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14. Chamber of Commerce

Domain Authority: 59
Est. Monthly Traffic: 362.5k

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15. Hotfrog

Domain Authority: 57
Est. Monthly Traffic: 111.7k

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16. EZ Local

Domain Authority: 56
Est. Monthly Traffic: 92k

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17. iBegin

Domain Authority: 50
Est. Monthly Traffic: 69.7k

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18. LocalStack

Domain Authority: 48
Est. Monthly Traffic: 72.8k

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19. City Squares

Domain Authority: 48
Est. Monthly Traffic: 36.8k

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20. Cylex

Domain Authority: 45
Est. Monthly Traffic: 256.3k

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Quentin Aisbett

Quentin is the founder of Pocket Insights and search marketing agency Searcht. Searcht (formerly OnQ) was named by business insights firm The Manifest as one of the Top 15 digital agencies in Australia, while named them in their Top 50 Local SEO agencies.

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