As you should know by now, ranking on Google requires links from other websites. Links come in all shapes and sizes and some of the easiest to get are directory links.

Generally directory links are considered low quality, because they’re so easy to get. They aren’t editorial links, and aren’t recommendations as such. But when it comes to paid directories on high quality domains they do pass over some weight, and will help your rankings on Google.

As an SEO I spend a lot of time studying websites and trying to reverse engineer why they’re ranking so highly. Recently I looked at a website that was number#1 for one of the most competitive search terms there is. I won’t name names, but suffice to say this website is killing it. I looked at their backlink profile via Majestic SEO and was surprised to see around 70% of their links were paid directories. The other 30% were links on high authority domains, but there’s no doubt about it, their directory links have a large say in their rankings.

But aren’t paid directories the same as buying links? Yes and no.

When you pay for a link on a directory you aren’t paying for the link as such. You’re paying for the review. Paid links are a big no no in the world of SEO and are likely to get you into a Google penalty. But Matt Cutts himself said that when it comes to high quality directories they don’t class it as paid links because the directory will vet your website to see if it meets their quality guidelines. So in effect, it is an editorial link.

Watch the video here.

So with this in mind I’ve compiled a list of the top paid directories. Some of them aren’t cheap and combined they make quite a sizable sum, but if it means it’ll get you ranking for keywords that’ll make money, it could be a wise investment.

How To Spot A High Quality Directory

High quality directories tend to have been around for a long time and have a high PageRank. Now the thing with PageRank is Google doesn’t allow us to see it any more. They stopped updating the PageRank toolbar in 2013, so if a website has increased or decreased their PR since then, we’ll never know about it. But considering Google were devaluing PR on websites that were selling links long before 2013, it tells us that if a directory held its PR then it must be considered okay by Google.

But just to be on the safe side I’ve also included Domain Authority from Ahrefs, which is a good indication of newer domains which may have a high PR that we can’t see. PageRank is still the deciding factor when it comes to the power of the domain, but unfortunately Google are keeping it secret so we can only use the tools at our disposal.

So, with this in mind I’ve ordered this list according to PageRank, and added their DA to give you an idea of the overall power of the domain. It’s not perfect, but nothing in the world of SEO is. Also, some of these directories are in Pounds or Euros, but I’ve made them Dollars just for ease of working out.

List Of High Quality Paid Directories

PR7 – DA63 / botw.org – $79.95

PR6 – DA61 / stpt.com – $99
PR6 – DA58 / familyfriendlysites.com – $19.95
PR6 – DA55 / jasminedirectory.com – $59

PR5 – DA69 / snaphost.com – $20
PR5 – DA59 / elib.org – $20
PR5 – DA59 / ezilon.com – $69
PR5 – DA58 / avivadirectory.com – $49.95
PR5 – DA58 / dirjournal.com – $59.95
PR5 – DA57 / mygreencorner.com – $25
PR5 – DA56 / abilogic.com – $19.95
PR5 – DA56 / Incrawler.com – $24.95
PR5 – DA56 / joeant.com – $39.99
PR5 – DA54 / directorydump.com – $34.99
PR5 – DA53 / bloggeries.com – $79.99
PR5 – DA52 / argusvision.net – $59.95
PR5 – DA52 / mastermoz.com – $19.95
PR5 – DA49 / greenstalk.com – $49.99
PR5 – DA43 / blogtagstic.com – $9.97
PR4 – DA60 / blogannounce.info – $9.95
PR4 – DA59 / linkwith.us – $34.95
PR4 – DA59 / tsection.com – $39.95
PR4 – DA59 / pegasusdirectory.com – $17
PR4 – DA57 / the-free-directory.co.uk – $14
PR4 – DA57 / businessseek.biz – $10
PR4 – DA57 / linkcentre.com – $60
PR4 – DA56 / domaining.in – $25
PR4 – DA56 / moo-directory.com – $30
PR4 – DA55 / gimpsy.com – $49
PR4 – DA55 / goguides.org – $69.95
PR4 – DA54 / amray.com – $9.95
PR4 – DA54 / prolinkdirectory.com – $19
PR4 – DA54 / enquira.com – $29
PR4 – DA53 / freelinksdirectory.net – $14.95
PR4 – DA53 / yourlinkhere.com – $199
PR4 – DA50 / blueurl.com – $14.95
PR4 – DA50 / busybits.com – $25
PR4 – DA50 / site-sift.com – $29.95
PR4 – DA50 / cannylink.com – $19.95
PR4 – DA50 / cdhnow.com – $49.95
PR4 – DA49 / linkopedia.com – $9.95
PR4 – DA49 / web-beacon.com – $19.99
PR4 – DA48 / seekzap.com – $19.95
PR4 – DA46 / webxperience.org – $14.99
PR4 – DA46 / webotopia.org – $14.99
PR4 – DA45 / killerdirectory.com – $45
PR4 – DA45 / submit-link.net – $13.99
PR4 – DA44 / theredtree.com – $8
PR4 – DA41 / paiddirectory.com – $3.5
PR4 – DA52 / skaffe.com – $49.99
PR4 – DA41 / sporge.com – $14

PR3 – DA65 / hotvsnot.com – $31.50
PR3 – DA64 / uksmallbusinessdirectory.co.uk – $45
PR3 – DA57 / directory.v7n.com – $39.95
PR3 – DA54 / ukwebuk.co.uk – $8.5
PR3 – DA54 / bigweblinks.com – $49.95
PR3 – DA51 / zorg-directory.com – $14.95
PR3 – DA51 / 9ug.com – $5.99
PR3 – DA50 / massivelinks.com – $24.99
PR3 – DA50 / allydirectory.com – $24.99
PR3 – DA48 / kwikgoblin.com – $34.95
PR3 – DA45 / dotrig.com – $4.99
PR3 – DA45 / umdum.com – $50
PR3 – DA44 / emillie.net – $24.99
PR3 – DA44 / botid.org – $18
PR3 – DA44 / allInfodir.com – $26.95
PR3 – DA44 / apahcinc.org – $44.95
PR3 – DA44 / blogaboutmysite.com/directory – $14.95
PR3 – DA44 / cascandra.com – $11.95
PR3 – DA44 / rubberstamped.org – $39.99
PR3 – DA43 / directorydice.com – $19.95
PR3 – DA42 / freewebindex.com – $44.95
PR3 – DA42 / links-directory.co.uk – $8
PR3 – DA40 / web10.ws – $34.95
PR3 – DA40 / zergdir.com – $10
PR3 – DA39 / forplex.com – $18.99
PR3 – DA38 / nextdir.com – $35.95
PR3 – DA31 / bizdirbusinessdirectory.co.uk – $20

PR2 – DA46 / earthlook.com – $15
PR2 – DA42 / global-webLinks.com – $40
PR2 – DA41 / linksJuice.com – $24.97
PR2 – DA41 / seoma.net – $15
PR2 – DA38 / azook.com – $12.95

PR1 – DA41 / directorymonster.org – $19.95
PR1 – DA37 / baluchor.com – $9.95

PR0 – DA54 / worldsiteindex.com – $20
PR0 – DA49 / wowdirectory.com – $43
PR0 – DA48 / sevenseek.com – $50
PR0 – DA47 / Index-It.net – $25
PR0 – DA32 / ypindex.com – $2
PR0 – DA26 / uk-directory.net – $14

The combined total? $2829.53.

Author: Steve Ceaton

I'm Steve Ceaton. I've worked in web design and SEO since 2006. I also write fiction. Follow Me: @SteveCeaton on Twitter.

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