How to Start an Online Business Directory

by Amy Nutt

Online business directories are a very popular place to advertise a business. An online business directory is a website in which links to information are organized into a categorical, alphabetical ranking to provide the best results to a search query. Most businesses post their links to a business directory in order improve search engine ranking and get more traffic to their site. By creating your own business directory online, you can generate a good income, improve your search engine ranking, and get links back to your site. Getting links back to your site from other web sites will increase your ranking and therefore increase traffic to your own site.

It is easy to start your own online business directory. To get businesses to add their link, you should first offer it as a free service. This will help you build up your business links, acquire traffic, and boost your search engine ranking. It is important that a back link is posted.

If you do not have the technical know how to create a database design or the money enlist the services of web designer to create one, you can just use some basic html static web pages. Search engines such as google will allow visitors to search your directory.

There are online companies that offer script for developing a fully featured and multi use online business directory. These business directory creators support a wide range of products, services, banners, and logos. They are suitable for both large and small business directories. One has the capability to incorporate it within their existing website or have it as a stand alone site. It only takes a few minutes to install the script and create the directory.

These directory scripts can perform a variety of functions such as adding a companys contact information, its products and services with thumbnail pictures, logos, banners, maps and secure online user/administrator interface to update information whenever they want. Visitors are able to search the business database in their targeted area. When installed and the directory is up and running, everything will be done automatically.

These script installation directory sites allow users to have access to an easy to use business registration process, update or modify their information at any time, and they will be provided a password to enter their account. The login is secure and encrypted. There are also a means of retrieving a lost password through email.

The business directory creation companies allow one to operate a paid membership directory. If you want to offer paid membership, you will have to configure one or more payment gateways. A business directory can eventually become an income-producer. As your business directory grows in popularity with visitors and businesses, you can eventually start charging for a specific position in the directory.

Creating and running a profitable business directory is easy. It takes patience and time to begin to make a profit. In the mean time, you will be generating traffic to your site, boosting your search engine ranking, and improving sales of your product or service from your existing website.

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