Online Business Directories vary in quality and content. There is a balance between professional advertising, value for money and quality of service. Business owners are looking for ROI, web traffic, exposure for their business, plus SEO benefits of backlinks.
To get great company exposure and good quality back links to your website, you’ll need the help of free local or national business directories. They are great for helping you with SEO. Free business directories in South Africa can get your site higher on search engines, for promotions, customer and expert reviews, and much more.
Check out our easy to use list of top 10 free South African business directories for your business’ success.
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.
Entrepo is an online business magazine that publishes articles and reviews on all types of businesses and industries in South Africa. To add your business listing on their directory is completely free.
ActiveWeb is a relatively new online business directory but does not compromise on functionality, generating visitors and ranking your business listing high on search engines. They offer free and premium options such as featured/highlighted listings at very low prices.
4. Cylex Business Directory
Business owners can take advantage of the free basic entries to promote their companies online and gain more customers through this business directory. Users can check contact details and opening hours of companies. They can also read and write reviews about the products & services of businesses.
YelloSa Business Directory 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 it apart from most online business directories.
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 respectable domain authority, and while you might not get much link juice from them, it’s a good marketing opportunity.
8. Best Directory
Best Directory allows you to choose a couple of keywords, and also include 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. Personally, this is one of my favourite business directories out of the bunch as listings get indexed quickly.
MyCityInfo might not be as big as the other South African business 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.
The reason why Yalwa is 10th on our list of business directories in South Africa is that 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 very decent business directory to advertise on.
Directories Next in Line:
1. The East Rand Business Directory
We feel that ERBD deserves a spot on our list, however this directory is only for business owners in the East Rand/Johannesburg area. The East Rand Business Directory offers free and premium business listings and an easy do-it-yourself advertisement creator.
Citylist is a promising new business directory and a great place to grab another free listing. They offer a completely free unlimited plan as well as premium plans that include a couple of extras not available in the free plan.
3. Rate it All
Rate it All offers a Free Service to all so you can simply Give & Get Feedback instantly. List any business free of charge. Register a free user account to start rating and listing things. Search their business directory to find contact details easily.
Do you know of any Online Business Directories not listed here worth noting?
Please leave your recommendation in the comments section below for any free online business directories you would like to see on here and tell us why you think they deserve a spot on this list.
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