Top 5 Paid Directories

Link directories are becoming (if not become) the number one way for webmasters on a budget to get hundreds, sometimes thousands of one way links. The vast majority of these directories are free to list your site but many offer a paid upgrade with premium options like deep linking to some of your pages.

With so many directories to choose from, how can you know which directories are the best ones to part with your hard earned dollars?

Well, here’s run down of what I consider to be the top 5 paid directories…

#5 Alive Directory
Cost: $49.95 (per year) or $74.95 (per year)
PageRank: 6
Page Strength: 7.5
Alexa Traffic Rank: 16799
Alive Directory has just had a facelift (about time) and is run by dedicated owners who ensure timely approval of submitted links. However, as with most paid directories their standards are high so don’t go submitting knock off adsense sites! Expect to be approved within 24-48 hours.

#4 Starting Point
Cost: $99 (per year)
PageRank: 7
Page Strength: 8.5
Alexa Traffic Rank: 22,875
Chances are you have never heard of Starting Point directory – I certainly hadn’t until I got serious about directory submissions. However, for an unknown directory it has a high page rank and a low Alexa traffic ranking. I rate this one marginally higher than Alive Directory because is has a higher page rank and page strength.

#3 Best Of The Web
Cost: $69.95 (per year) or $199.95 one time fee
PageRank: 7
Page Strength: 8
Alexa Traffic Rank: 8764
The Best of The Web directory has been around since…well, the internet started. They are slightly less expensive than Starting Point and have a much lower Alexa traffic ranking. For this reason, even though the page rank is the same you will get better a better return for your money by submitting to BOTW.org.

#2 Aviva Directory
Cost: $49.95 (per year) or $74.95 (per year)
PageRank: 7
Page Strength: 7.5
Alexa Traffic Rank: 8729
Aviva Directory is run by a dedicated individual who is committed to providing only the highest of quality links for surfers. Approval time is just 24 to 48 hours and to get a yearly listing for just $49.95 it makes it one of the best value directories on the internet. Don’t be tempted to submit junk sites though you will be wasting your time.

#1 Yahoo Directory
Cost: $299 (and $299 annually recurring)
PageRank: 8
Page Strength: 10
Alexa Traffic Rank: 1!

At number one it has to be the Yahoo Directory without a doubt. One of the original web directories it has become one of the two authority directories on the web. Not only that, but Google directly references it as a good place to submit your link in their guidelines for webmasters:

Submit your site to relevant directories such as the Open Directory Project and Yahoo!, as well as to other industry-specific expert sites.

Given that Google recommends you list your site in the Yahoo Directory and the directory itself has such a high PR and Alexa traffic ranking you absolutely must consider Yahoo if you want to pay for submissions.

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