A web directory which is based on a specific niche or business practice offers a great opportunity to submit your website listing and have the potential to attract visitors. A quality directory will allow its visitors to search by location or category, which makes it extremely easy for the user to find the most helpful information. Also if you use a specific business directory you might be able to list additional company information which might include a company overview, directions, a logo, and all relevant contact information.
Beyond the fact that the web directories are highly effective at attracting would-be customers, they are equally beneficial as a tool in your search engine optimization (SEO) arsenal. A directory offers the site owner a chance to get an attractive inbound link to their website, which has the potential to increase rankings in the search engines and page rank of the applicable page. If a well-chosen selection of directories is used, then this can result in a number of inbound links coming into a website. Using the directories when a website is relatively new is also a great way to get the search engines to notice a site quickly and this also helps get the web pages indexed.
A great feature to the web directories that you might want to look for is the ability to add deep links, meaning you can point to a particular page on the website and not direct all visitors to the main homepage. The benefit of this is that the end-user is directed straight to the information you want them to see in a single click, and not having to search for the information themselves after arriving on your site. A link of this nature is much more efficient and helpful. The ability to deep link also means that you have the opportunity to rank internal pages and not just the homepage.
It often benefits to search for the quality web directories in your linking building efforts to avoid wasting valuable time. You can use either free or paid web directories. If looking for the most positive results from submitting your sites to the directories, it often pays to use the high quality directories that are human edited, even though this might mean a small charge is payable for the submission.