No matter what type of web site or blog you might have, one way incoming back links are always a great value. With Google now going after web sites that are building low end and high volume trash links, it’s now more important to focus on quality back links to achieve high rankings in the search engines.

Online directories have always been a great way to gain quality back links. The problem with online directories is that they usually cost money to get placement in, or it takes a lot of time to manually do all of the submission work.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular online directories out there, their costs and how you can get listed in each.

Free Online Directories

There will always be hundreds if not thousands of free online directories out there that you can submit your sites to. The process can be long and tedious, but if you are desperate for saving money and looking to gain some nice incoming links, be sure to look through this listing of free SEO directories that you can start submitting your sites to.

Paid Online Directories

In addition to free directories, there will also always be high end directories that are very established, have a high page rank and Alexa ranking, and real traffic flowing through their sites.’s directory used to be a huge bonus for web sites, and it would require a $299 a year submission fee. While there is still value in it, Yahoo is not the power house it used to be, but the price did come out to less than $1 per day for the listing. is one of the oldest and successful directories online for legitimate web sites and blogs. The price for a listing in their directory is $149.95 per year, or a one time $299.95 cost. Obviously if you are focused on long term growth, the life time plan makes the most sense.

How to Submit Your Site into Online Directories

As mentioned earlier, submitting to online directories can be free, but also a time consuming tasks. There are plenty of free submission services out there, but automated systems aren’t always the best option. Submitting to too many directories at once can also raise some red flags to Google, as you might be building too many links too fast.

There are also premium submission services out there that can submit your web site to hundreds or thousands of directories for just pennies each. In addition to building links in web site directories, you can also focus some efforts on article directories.

In the end, both online directories and article directories are legitimate ways to build incoming one way links. They aren’t as powerful as they used to be, but they are still beneficial.

This post was written by Zac Johnson

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