12 Web Design Directories To Improve Your SEO

title-web-design-directoriesList of Web Design Directories Links from niche directories are of more value in SEO than submitting to general directories, and there are a number of specialized directories catering exclusively for web designers. Below are some of those.

Many of these require a reciprocal link and which have fallen out of favor since Google declared against “excessive reciprocal linking”; but in moderation it is fine as Matt Cutts talked about in 2007 – “Trading links is natural and it’s natural to have reciprocal links. At some level, natural reciprocal links happen, but if you do it way too often, it looks artificial.”

1. DesignDirectory

Design Directory

  • Year Site Created: 2001
  • Indexed Pages in Google: 15,400
  • Backlinks in Yahoo: 155,988
  • PageRank: 6
  • Link Status: Nofollow
  • Quantcast Ranking: 24,796
  • Submission rules: Read the submission rules here

2. Web Design Directory org dot uk

Web Design Directory

  • Year Site Created: 2008
  • Indexed Pages in Google: 319
  • Backlinks in Yahoo: 837
  • PageRank: 4
  • Link Status: Dofollow
  • Quantcast Ranking: No data
  • Submission rules: Reciprocal link required.

This is more than a directory and is intended as means for a client to quickly receive a quote for a job from a wide range of design companies. UK only.

3. Web Design Stuff

Web Design Stuff

  • Year Site Created: 2006
  • Indexed Pages in Google: 1,850
  • Backlinks in Yahoo: 44.301
  • PageRank: 5
  • Link Status: Dofollow
  • Quantcast Ranking: No data
  • Submission rules: Free to submit to.

The submission rules read: “If you are submitting a portfolio, design firm, or resource site, please select the most appropriate category and do not use “Best Design Showcase”. We will select the best to be placed in that category. You may however submit client sites or sites you think do have the best design to be placed in “Best Design Showcase”. Not all sites will be approved. Only well designed or sites with useful resources will be considered.”

4. Web-Development.com

web-development.com

  • Year Site Created:1997
  • Indexed Pages in Google: 11,400
  • Backlinks in Yahoo: 1,639
  • PageRank: 5
  • Link Status: Dofollow
  • Quantcast Ranking: No data
  • Submission rules: Free to submit to but a reciprocal is required. From the submission page:

Web-Development.com is a directory of Web design companies. We ONLY add Web design company websites to our directory. In the future we plan to add additional categories for related companies such as Web hosting companies and domain name registrars, but at this time we are only accepting submissions for Web design companies.

5. American Association of Webmasters Directory

American Association of Webmasters Directory

  • Year Site Created: 2002
  • Indexed Pages in Google: 1,670
  • Backlinks in Yahoo: 30,433
  • PageRank: 5
  • Link Status: Dofollow
  • Quantcast Ranking: No data
  • Submission rules: Free to submit to but a reciprocal is required.

6. UK Webmaster World Directory

UK Webmaster World Directory

  • Year Site Created: 2003
  • Indexed Pages in Google: 302
  • Backlinks in Yahoo: 3,457
  • PageRank: 3
  • Link Status: Dofollow
  • Quantcast Ranking: No data
  • Submission rules: Links are either paid or a reciprocal. Open to non-UK submissions.

7. UK Webmaster Directory

UK Webmaster Directory

  • Year Site Created: 2008
  • Indexed Pages in Google: 73
  • Backlinks in Yahoo: 469
  • PageRank: 4
  • Link Status: Dofollow
  • Quantcast Ranking: No data
  • Submission rules: Free but reciprocal is required. For UK only.

8. Web Design • Designers Directory

webdesigners-directory.com

  • Year Site Created: 2005
  • Indexed Pages in Google: 2,229
  • Backlinks in Yahoo: 163,889
  • PageRank: 6
  • Link Status: Dofollow
  • Quantcast Ranking: 130,167
  • Submission rules: Free and no reciprocal is required. US only.

9. Webmasters Lookup

Webmasters Lookup

  • Year Site Created: 2005
  • Indexed Pages in Google: 237
  • Backlinks in Yahoo: 4,236
  • PageRank: 4
  • Link Status: Dofollow
  • Quantcast Ranking: No data
  • Submission rules: Free to submit to. This site is intended as a means for web designers to display their experience and portfolio to potential clients. Deep links are allowed.

10. The Web Design Directory UK

The Web Design Directory UK is a new venture and is totally free.

Web-design-directory-uk.co.uk

  • Year Site Created: 2002
  • Indexed Pages in Google: 77
  • Backlinks in Yahoo: 14.388
  • PageRank: 5
  • Link Status: Dofollow
  • Quantcast Ranking: No data
  • Submission rules: Free to submit to for UK web designers but a reciprocal is required. States on the submission form that it could take up to three months before they approve your entry.

11. DesignDir.net

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  • Year Site Created: 2003
  • Indexed Pages in Google: 625
  • Backlinks in Yahoo: 14,359
  • PageRank: 4
  • Link Status: Dofollow
  • Quantcast Ranking: No data
  • Submission rules: Paid or free if a reciprocal link. This directory covers not just web design but also related industries.

12. DirectoryDesigner.am

Directory.designer.am

  • Year Site Created: 2003
  • Indexed Pages in Google: 480
  • Backlinks in Yahoo: 12,224
  • PageRank: 5
  • Link Status: Dofollow
  • Quantcast Ranking: No data
  • Submission rules: Please read the submission guidelines before you submit. It is free but a reciprocal is advised.

And last but not least is my own directory for web designers and webmasters here: http://www.suburban-glory.com/directory.html. It is free to submit to.

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