We did some research in building our sites and have found these resources for freely listing your blog. Some have a paid option to promote your blog faster or better. However, these are a great way to get your blog started and announced. Keep an eye out for opportunities for mutual links and other ways to help your site SEO ranking.
There are a lot of directory sites that come and go each year so check back here periodically for new or discontinued sites. You can always do an Internet search for sites as well. One last thing, before you go nuts registering all these sites, it does help to show up in sites over time. We recommend you register with no more than three sites a day just to spread out that “organic” growth of your site.
This is one of the better-looking sites and one that has a lot of upsells available. However, that does not make it one you have to pay for. It does, however, take roughly a week to get confirmed if you don’t pony up at least the $5 fee. This is one we recommend registering with early on. Also, make sure you review your data for the site as the images and content can help make your site “pop” for viewers.
Free or $39.95 for an express submission. It is easy to register although slow to complete unless you pay. We recommend this as a site towards the end of your list.
Free with reciprocal and offers sponsored links for $4.99. The reciprocal link option does not work well with WordPress. Thus, you may have to add the link to the ready.html page in the WP root folder. Allows for a description so more than just a link to your site.
This site offers free listing and even an RSS option of your last five posts. The only request they have is to link to them on your site. The application process is simple and quick but requires at least a three-month-old site. New sites are only accepted if you pay their $9.99 fee to be a “featured” blog. This site is full of broken image links so we highly recommend against paying. Use the free option only.
This is a site where you want to follow-up on your listing by sending visitors to vote up your blog. It is a small thing but can be another step in your SEO ranking.
A good site to start out with. They list thousands of blogs and have a lot of sister sites you can review to help build your brand. They do not let you know when your site is added so check back the next day to make sure your data looks correct.
Bloggernity is entirely free to use and does not require a backlink. However, we strongly suggest you provide a link to them anyway. It is a form of Internet Karma in our minds.
Blogarama is a site that is a little more than just a listing. They provide statistics on how frequently articles are posted to your site as well as a descriptive listing. They also are a service that has free and paid options. The paid option gets your site registered faster and articles posted sooner.
We recommend you try out the free version first and convert to paid if you have frequent content added. The registration process is quick and easy for Blogarama. They also make it easy to register multiple sites at a time if you have a couple of blogs you maintain or administer.
This is a good looking directory that provides a logo for you to handle the backlink. They have annual and forever license options if you want to get your site listed immediately. This is a solid list overall and one you should register with early in the life of your site.
This site also provides the ability to post articles and can be a way to spread the word about your personal brand. If all that is not enough, you can register business pages for a fee as well.
The DMOZ site is a product of America Online. Although this is not the hot site it once might have been it is solid and established. The submission process is easy and can help you get your site to larger directories and search engines. We recommend this to be one of the first sites you submit to.
This is a slightly different site. Pingomatic sends updates notices to a number of sites. The ping service is free. This is something you should use after each post you send to make sure engines know to update the index and content they have for your site.
The submission process is simple and results in a page that shows what was pinged. The result page can even be bookmarked for easy re-submission in the future.
This site is not huge, but it does have international sites. They offer a cheap advertising option at $1 and list newly added sites on their home page. Sign-up is done through an email and takes only a few minutes to apply. However, make sure you look at their categories to assign your site to the correct one. This is not a site you need to join in your top ten sites, but worth it to provide depth to the sites that list your blog.
This is another reciprocal link site with an easy submission process. The submission itself can be problematic, though. We have had some problems getting the submission to work on a WordPress home page. If you run into this you can always add the link the to the readme.html page in the WordPress home folder.
These sites can give you a start at getting your blog promoted. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg and we will come back to this topic in a future post. If you have a site you want us to cover or comments about your experience with these sites leave a comment. These sites change a lot and we strive to keep our content up-to-date.