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

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).


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: October 7th 2020

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: 88
Est. Monthly Traffic: 15.8mill

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6. Angie’s List

Domain Authority: 85
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: 73
Est. Monthly Traffic: 484.9k

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9. Thumbtack

Domain Authority: 70
Est. Monthly Traffic: 5.9mill

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10. Super Pages

Domain Authority: 68
Est. Monthly Traffic: 728.5k

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11. Local

Domain Authority: 59
Est. Monthly Traffic: 3.3mill

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12. Brownbook

Domain Authority: 59
Est. Monthly Traffic: 1k

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13. Chamber of Commerce

Domain Authority: 58
Est. Monthly Traffic: 362.5k

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14. Hotfrog

Domain Authority: 56
Est. Monthly Traffic: 111.7k

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15. EZ Local

Domain Authority: 54
Est. Monthly Traffic: 92k

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16. Cylex

Domain Authority: 52
Est. Monthly Traffic: 256.3k

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17. Lacartes

Domain Authority: 52
Est. Monthly Traffic: 18k

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18. iBegin

Domain Authority: 50
Est. Monthly Traffic: 69.7k

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19. LocalStack

Domain Authority: 49
Est. Monthly Traffic: 72.8k

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20. City Squares

Domain Authority: 47
Est. Monthly Traffic: 36.8k

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