Top 10 Free Business Directories in South Africa

To get great company exposure and good quality back links to your website, you’ll need the help of local or national business directories. They are great for helping you with SEO. National and local directories can get your site higher on search engines, for promotions, customer and expert reviews, and much more.

So let’s check out the top 10 South African business directories for your company’s success.

1. Hotfrog

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Hotfrog is an international business directory which operates in 38 countries around the globe. It receives around 1,5 million page views per month. One of the great things about Hotfrog is that they allow you to add personalized keywords for your business. They also send you a monthly report on how many views and enquiries your listing has received.

2. ActiveWeb

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ActiveWeb is a relatively new online business directory but does not compromise on functionality and ranking your listing high on search engines.

3. Cylex Business Directory

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Business owners can take advantage of our free basic entries to promote their companies online and gain more customers. Users can check contact details and opening hours of companies. They can also read and write reviews about the products & services of businesses.

4. YelloSA

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YelloSa has over 800 000 company listings, with new company registrations and customer reviews on a regular basis. Their clean design and user friendly interface set’s it apart from most directories.

5. Brabys

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Brabys is one of the most established and largest South African business directories. with over 1 million unique visitors each month. They boast a very respectably domain authority, and while you might not get much link juice from them, it’s a good marketing opportunity.

6. saYellow

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saYellow’s business directory has been online since 1997, with over 500 000 listed companies. They boast a solid domain authority and a detailed client zone.

7. Best Directory

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The Best Directory allows you to choose a couple of keywords, and also includes those keywords in your listing’s URL. Your listing also includes a link to your Facebook and Twitter profiles, and you can choose multiple categories.

8. mycityinfo

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MyCityInfo might not be as big as the other directories listed, but they have their own strengths. They have a clean and ad-free site, you can select multiple categories and you get a decent back link to your website.

9. The East Rand Business Directory

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The East Rand Business Directory offers free and premium business listings, and an easy do-it-yourself advertisement creator. Please note that this directory is only for users in the East Rand/Johannesburg Area.

10. Yalwa

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The reason why Yalwa is 10th on our list is because it might not be completely free. While they have a decent domain authority and a lot of companies listed, your listing will expire. Thereafter if you want to renew your listing, you will have to pay them, although that might be just for certain categories. It is however still a decent website to advertise on.

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