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18 Free Directories to List Your Business Online

Use these 18 general directories to list your business online and expand your online presence — for free!

Logos for several several business listings, including Google, Facebook, Yelp, Apple, etc.

The key to being found online is showing up where potential customers search.

Some users might use search engines (e.g. Google Search) to find your business. Some might use a map database (e.g. Google Maps). Other users might use review sites (e.g. Yelp). Still, others might use social media (e.g. Facebook) or niche business directories like those for restaurants or doctors (e.g. Allmenus, Zocdoc). That's why claimed and verified listings that are complete and up-to-date are essential to being found online.

In this post, I'm going to share 18 free directories to list your business online — for free!

1. Apple Maps Connect

Apple Maps Connect is the portal for adding business listings to Apple Maps (the default maps app on iOS, iPadOS, macOS and watchOS). While most listings here are populated from Yelp, listing your business with Apple will become as important as listing it on Google My Business as Apple Maps becomes a more robust database. Currently, you can add your business information, category, hours, links, if you accept Apple Pay, etc.

List your business on Apple Maps.

2. Bing Places for Business

Bing Places for Business is the portal for adding business listings to Microsoft's Bing products. Listings appear on Bing Search and Bing Maps with the business name, address, category, hours, links and more.

List your business on Bing Places for Business.

3. Citysearch

Citysearch is an online city guide for local businesses.

List your business on Citysearch.

4. CitySquares

CitySquares is a neighborhood directory for local businesses that includes reviews and recommendations.

List your business on CitySquares.

5. Facebook Business Page

A Facebook Business Page displays business information, including your category, address, contact details, links, photos, videos, events, reviews, posts, etc.

List your business on Facebook.

6. Foursquare for Business

Foursquare is a location technology platform that's dedicated to helping people discover and share information about businesses and attractions. After claiming your listing, edit your business category, hours, add photos, links and more.

List your business on Foursquare.

7. Google My Business

Google My Business' homepage.

Google My Business lets businesses manage their online presence on Google Maps and the Business Profile on Google Search. With a claimed and verified listing, you can edit your business information, category, hours, add photos, links, posts, respond to reviews, create posts and more.

List your business on Google My Business.

8. Instagram for Business

Instagram's business page for claiming your free listing.

Instagram for Business helps businesses connect with their audience through images and video. Use this social media platform to add a business profile, post photos or videos of your menu items and communicate with your audience.

List your business on Instagram.

9. LinkedIn Company Page

A LinkedIn Company Page is similar to a Facebook Business Page, but targeted at businesses – not customers. Use this social media platform to add your business information, post job listings, events and more.

List your business on LinkedIn.

10. Local.com

Local.com helps users find local businesses with driving directions, reviews, ratings, phone numbers, addresses and more.

List your business on Local.com.

11. Manta

Manta is one of the largest online resources dedicated to helping small businesses become more competitive through its directory.

List your business on Manta.

12. Pinterest Business

Pinterest Business' homepage.

Pinterest is a social bookmarking site. Use the Pinterest Business platform to add business information, post menu items, engage your audience, get inspired, etc.

List your business on Pinterest.

13. Super Pages, DexKnows & Yellow Pages (YP)

Super Pages, DexKnows and Yellow Pages (YP) are all owned by Thryv. Claim your listing to edit business information, add images, video and respond to customer reviews.

List your business on Super Pages, DexKnows & Yellow Pages (YP).

14. TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor's page for claiming your free listing.

TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel platform. Travelers use it to browse more than 859 million reviews and opinions of 8.6 million businesses. Use the platform to edit your listing, respond to reviews, track performance and more.

List your business on TripAdvisor.

15. Twitter

Twitter is where online conversations are happening in real-time. Use this social media platform to add business information, post specials, discounts, photos, videos of your menu items and more. Start a conversation with your target market that's centered around your products or services..

List your business on Twitter.

16. Waze

Waze is a Google-owned GPS navigation app that informs users about traffic, construction, police, crashes and more. Google recommends adding your business through the Waze Map Editor (WME) to allow more control over submitted information.

List your business on Waze.

17. Yellowbook

Yellowbook is owned by Hibu which claims to offer smart digital marketing made easy. Like other business directories, once you've claimed your listing you can edit your business description, links and more.

List your business on Yellowbook.

18. Yelp for Business Owners

Yelp is one of the most popular directories that connects people with local businesses. After adding or claiming your business, you can edit business information, respond to reviews, view click and call reports, etc.

List your business on Yelp.

Wrap Up

You just learned 18 free directories to list your business online. Business directories get acquired, rebranded and shut down all the time. If you find it difficult to manage all of your listings, you may want to use Yext (not free). They've partnered with many businesses on this list and more that aren't listed herein, so you can control multiple listings from a single location.

18 Free Directories to List Your Business Online first appeared on the Bento Sites Blog by Jeff Shibasaki.

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Jeff Shibasaki

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