It’s not often that you get something for nothing in business, but we’ve compiled a list of the top free UK business directories for 2019. Directories where you can submit your information, completely free! It’s a simple way to get the word out about your business and help people find you.
It’s also great for local citations (a fancy phrase for multiple consistent mentions of your business information on local business directories). This then helps search engines like Google to use these mentions as a trust signal and help you rank higher when people google for your business or area.
To make sure that you’re ranking as high as possible, you have to keep all of your information consistent. Submitting different address or contact details will confuse Google, and you’ll be left off the list. Something you don’t want.
You’ll be asked to submit ‘NAP’ to every single directory. NAP – Name, Address, Phone Number – so always double check that you’re using the right information as its critical if you want to rank well for your local area.
So, here’s your handy little list of the top free UK business directories for 2019:
Google My Business
www.google.co.uk/business – Listing Price: Free
You want to head straight for the king of the internet, Google. A massive 1.17 billion people use Google as their go-to search engine and its ranked number 1 in the UK, so it’s where you’ll want to start. You can also take advantage of google maps. When a user is searching for services or a business in your local area, you’ll also pop up. A considerable amount of traffic can be driven to your website just by being in the Google directory listings.
www.bingplaces.com – Listing Price: Free
Googles’ less popular little sister but you don’t want to underestimate her. Bing Places for Business enables local business owners to add their listing. Again, helping create a consistent trust signal to make sure that you rank as high as possible for your business and area.
www.yell.com – Listing Price: Freemium
Gone are the days of rifling through that large yellow pages, it’s now gone online. Still a popular website, its ranked in the top 500 for the UK, so it’s somewhere that you want your business details to feature.
www.yelp.co.uk – Listing Price: Free
Easily confused with Yell but different. Yelp is a social directory that gives customers the chance to review their favourite local places and businesses. It’s a great place for customers to decide on whether they want to spend their money with you. It’s ranked in the top 800 most popular website in the UK, so definitely one you want to choose when submitting your business information.
www.192.com – Listing Price: Free
Your business may already be listed on here but its good to check if there are any mistakes. It’s pretty much a one-stop shop for finding businesses or people plus its ranked in the top 500 websites in the UK, so always worth being on there.
www.freeindex.co.uk – Listing Price: Free
Freeindex is one of the most popular UK business directories in the UK with over 250,000 business members, 650,000 customer reviews and over 1.5m registered users. By completing more of your business profile you can see your listing rank highly within the FreeIndex website.
www.cylex-uk.co.uk – Listing Price: Free
Cyclex is an online business directory that was founded in 1998. They operate over 30 directories and claim they have more than 1 million visitors per day. Setting up a profile is simple. Features include contact details, website URL, social information, opening hours and much more. Visitors also have the ability to read and write reviews about the products and services that your business provides.
UK Small Business Directory
www.uksmallbusinessdirectory.co.uk – Listing Price: Free
A great directory to be on, especially with more and more people opting to use small businesses rather than run to the big ones.
Your local county business directory
Listing Price: Usually free
It’s always great to try and get onto your local county business directory. They usually promote you on their Facebook page too meaning you get seen by local people – result!
So, set aside an hour, get your information ready and start submitting today!