Top 10 Free Business Directories in South Africa

Search Engine Optimisation

There's a saying 'no man is an island' and when it comes to websites this is particularly true. Especially if you want to increase your rankings. This process is called backlinking and is a function of Search Engine Optimisation.

Building links is fairly simple on the face of it. Basically you get other websites to insert a link to your website. But delve deeper and you'll see that not all websites are equal.  According to Google, some are better than others.

Here's our top ten list of free business directories in South Africa. Included with each listing are three of the most important statistics about each site. Their Domain Authority - the higher the domain authority the better for your website. The number of keywords they have and their estimated organic traffic. The higher the number the more popular they are likely to be and the more likely your business listing is to be seen.

Below we've sorted 10 of South Africa's Business Directory Websites starting with the lowest rankers first. But these statistics change daily. In each section below you'll find a Domain Authority link. Click it to check their current rankings on ubersuggest.org It will look something like this:

PS Feel free to use this same tool to check your websites rankings.

#1 ACTIVE WEB

DOMAIN AUTHORITY - 1

As at 26/02/20 they had 2009 Organic Keywords and an estimated 322 Organic Monthly Traffic here in South Africa

ABOUT

ActiveWeb is a new online business directory with an easy to use interface. They offer free and premium options and their prices are very low.

YOU WILL NEED

For your free listing gather up the following .

  • Your Logo
  • Product Images
  • Contact Details and Address
  • A biography
  • A listing description
  • Keywords

#2 BEST DIRECTORY

DOMAIN AUTHORITY - 1

As at 26/02/20 they had 12548 Organic Keywords and an estimated 6781 Organic Monthly Traffic here in South Africa.

ABOUT

What makes this directory great is that in total, there are only 4925 listings. Which when it comes to online listings means you have more of a chance of being seen.

YOU WILL NEED

For your free listing gather up the following .

  • Your Logo
  • Up to 10 Product Images
  • Contact Details and Address
  • Operating Hours
  • Facebook and Twitter URL's only
  • A short description and a long description (2000 word max)

#3 CYLEX

DOMAIN AUTHORITY - 1

As at 26/02/20 they had 60477 Organic Keywords and an estimated 21221 Organic Monthly Traffic here in South Africa.

ABOUT

Everything you've come to expect from an online business directory. Lots of added features. Like listing your favorite website page. This process is a bit long if you forget to click the save changes link at the bottom of each page like I did. Dont forget to fill out the offers and products section though. (You'll find it right at the end)

YOU WILL NEED

For your free listing gather up the following .

  • Your Logo
  • URL of your popular website pages
  • Product Images
  • Contact Details and Address
  • +++ (just have everything you can think of at hand)

PS Wait till you see what you get. It's well worth the effort.

#4 HOTFROG

DOMAIN AUTHORITY - 2

As at 26/02/20 they had 43138 Organic Keywords and an estimated 16430 Organic Monthly Traffic here in South Africa

ABOUT

Hotfrog is an international business directory which operates in 38 countries around the globe.  While they encourage you to sign up for a priority listing of R150 a month you can get a free listing. A good feature is that they give you a monthly search results graph.

YOU WILL NEED

For your free listing gather up the following .

  • Your Logo
  • Product Image/s
  • Operating Hours
  • Contact Details and Address
  • Social Media Links
  • Keywords

#5 YALWA

DOMAIN AUTHORITY - 3

As at 26/02/20 they had 9268 Organic Keywords and an estimated 433 Organic Monthly Traffic here in South Africa.

ABOUT

A nice quick interface, register and add your listing in one go.

YOU WILL NEED

For your free listing gather up the following .

  • Your Logo (20 Images in Total)
  • Contact Details and Address

#6 YELLOSA

DOMAIN AUTHORITY - 7

As at 26/02/20 they had 76355 Organic Keywords and an estimated 52612 Organic Monthly Traffic here in South Africa.

ABOUT

Get up to 3 product listings. Nice easy to follow signup system. What I noticed with the image upload is while they recommend a 300x300 image. When you preview the listing it transforms the image into a landscape orientation.  Which if you used a square image with text it's not going to display nicely.  I ended up going with a business card sized image which worked well.

YOU WILL NEED

For your free listing gather up the following .

  • Your Logo
  • Product Images
  • Contact Details and Address
  • Product Listing

#7 NICHE MARKET

DOMAIN AUTHORITY - 17

As at 26/02/20 they had 33965 Organic Keywords and an estimated 34792 Organic Monthly Traffic

ABOUT

Nichemarket is more than just a plain old business directory, they are South Africa's first social online marketplace for entrepreneurs and SME's. Create a FREE business listing which acts as a mini-website, fully optimised and submitted to Google search.

YOU WILL NEED

In addittion to a short intro about yourself/your business you will also need.

  • Your Logo
  • Product Image/s
  • FAQ Questions and Answers
  • Operating Hours
  • Contact Details and Address

#8 ENTREPO

DOMAIN AUTHORITY - 18

As at 26/02/20 they had 2797 Organic Keywords and an estimated 1059 Organic Monthly Traffic here in South Africa

ABOUT

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 but they are discerning as to who posts a listing and you can wait up to 10 days for your listing to be approved.

YOU WILL NEED

For your free listing gather up the following .

  • A video (if you have one)
  • Contact Details and Address
  • A title and description of what you're all about.

#9 BRABYS

DOMAIN AUTHORITY - 44

As at 26/02/20 they had 93198 Organic Keywords and an estimated 71175 Organic Monthly Traffic here in South Africa.

ABOUT

Out of all the free business directories we've signed up for so far, Brabys is probably the quickest to sign up for. They don't have a registering facility. You just fill in a form with very basic info and submit it. And hey presto you're done.  This can be a big relief if you've been diligently submitting your url for the last hour but in the long run it presents some challenges if you ever want to amend or update your companies info you'll have to email them directly.

YOU WILL NEED

For your free listing gather up the following .

  • A Product Category
  • Contact Details and Address
  • Operating Hours

#10 SAYELLOW

DOMAIN AUTHORITY - 47

As at 26/02/20 they had 161519 Organic Keywords and an estimated 214800 Organic Monthly Traffic here in South Africa.

ABOUT

A nice easy to use interface. You get to create your free listing and register at the same time. After you've registered you can add your social networks. A logo or product image upload is only available for premium accounts.

YOU WILL NEED

For your free listing gather up the following .

  • Contact Details and Address
  • Operating Hours
  • Social Media URL's
Kim Coetzee Marketing Designer at Limenco Design

Marketing Designer

Kim Coetzee

Limenco Design Websites and Graphic Design

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