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.

Andy Walpole

Andy Walpole is a web designer and developer On his blog he writes about website design, development, marketing, usability and social media: http://www.suburban-glory.com/blog.html

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Comments

  1. Ben says

    Awesome List of Directories, shows that some are still worthy even after panda hammered on a lot of things.

  2. Stan says

    Finally found this useful article, I’ve been looking for it. Great list, thank you and I would like to check’em all.

  3. Razmin says

    I simply must tell you that you have done a great job. I strongly believe that these directories will help me to increase my site rank. Thank you!

  4. Darren says

    Hey Andy –

    A lot of people have slated directories over recent years, saying :
    – they’re not relevant
    – there’s no SEO value
    – they’re spammy
    and a myriad other reasons.

    But I love a good directory. You can’t beat it -yeah, the less well kempt directories may be full of crap, but there is a reason that directories are still, and always will be, relevant.

    That reason is that as humans, we love to catalogue, categorise and pigeon-hole things. We can’t help ourselves. Putting things in a nice, little neat package of relevant-ness is what we do as a species.

    And finding things that are bundled into nice, little neat packages of things relevant to what we’re looking for delights us just as much.

    We’re all bloody librarians ;-)

  5. says

    Thanks for the tips! I will be sure to give them a try. BTW, the rules to the Dexigner directory is dead.

  6. Jcag G011 says

    Very interesting topic, I enjoyed reading your blog and you have some really good tips I can use Thanks.

  7. Andy says

    excellent list really great and detailed information. will come in handy as I’m always looking at ways to get better at designing. thanks andy

  8. Jess says

    Good list of links – still a big believer of DMOZ; however, be prepared to wait ages to get SEO recognition on the directory. *sigh

    Question though, does posting a North American link on a UK directory help with SEO though?

  9. Sumeet Shroff says

    I use above directory for my site submission. some work very good…but some site shows some error
    1. http://www.ukwebmasterworld.net (Sorry but the link submission is temporary suspended.)
    2. http://webdesigners-directory.com/ ( Server problem when i add my site)

    But overall 10 sites are very good, thanks for this list…did you have anymore good web design directory……so please give me.

    • says

      Yes, I checked them myself – some unfortunately aren’t working for now, but such web directories are very good for SEO, that’s why there isn’t a lot of them around there..though :)

  10. Jeremy Ashburn says

    Excellent web design tips. I love looking at great designs and wallpapers on my second monitor while working on my own blog. I just wrote something on my blog about using Flickr to get desktop wallpaper images. Alot of us know that you can download images from flickr but that can take awhile because you have to do one by one. I recently found a program called Downloadr. It downloads whole groups of images from Flickr very fast! It allows you to sort images by tags, date ranges, and interestingness. I use it all the time to download a whole batch of images.

  11. Ray says

    This is a great list for anyone looking to expand into the web design industry. Relevancy is always a big undertaking at first, but this resource definitely makes the first few important steps a lot easier. Great post!

  12. joe says

    Hello,
    Using Blog to raise SEO ranking- Is it best to be on the front homepage of the site or can it be on a 2nd page
    Really great post, enjoyed reading it. Thanks,
    joe

  13. Teresa Schultz says

    Thanks for this great list. It is worrying, though, about not being quite sure how many out-going links one should consider safe to include in a site. Also, I decided on only ten links in my “link exchange” at the bottom of my page rank 4 homepage, so if web design directories want a reciprocal link on my homepage, where am I supposed to put it? – hm, will have to think about this.

  14. says

    Oh dear, looks like I might spend an entire afternoon at work going through this post and then probably the rest of the week on the other posts! thanks for listing so many places for me to improve my skills in seo. :-)

  15. says

    IMO it is not worth adding links back to these sites to gain a few mid-low quality links. Personally, I’ve never done reciprocal links and see some people ranking well off it, but I have heard numerous cases in which people have had issues with them, recouped rankings after they removed their reciprocal links page(s) etc.

  16. Andy Walpole says

    I’m glad you liked them and found them useful!

    @Matt Gorden A few of them are for UK or USA only but I’ve noted this in the “submission rules” field

  17. says

    I checked through this list & submitted one of my web 2.0 design service website to few of them. But webmasterindex.co.uk directory is not a strictly web-designer’s niche directory. Rather its a UK specific general directory. Hence I suggest to remove it from your list.
    Thanks

  18. Luis Lopez says

    Great article Andy, I see you know a lot about design directories, because I’ve been looking for and I only had like 4 really design related, but Thanks I’ll use them.