Volunteer Directories


Volunteer Directories

Many of us got our start in the web directory industry as volunteers with the Open Directory Project, Zeal, Go, or one of the other volunteer-driven web directories that were once so prominent. They are no longer as common, nor are the volunteers, but there are still active volunteer directories, including the ODP.

The directories listed below are some that I know to make good use of volunteers, although the work of some may be supplemented by paid staff. I will add others as I come across them. If you are involved with, or know of, any other directories that actively use volunteers, please let me know so that I can add them here.

  • Best of the Web – I know that the BOTW has used volunteers in the past but I am not certain that they currently do, in their general web directory, but they are asking for volunteers for their blog directory.
  • Christianity Sites – This is a ┬ánew project, not yet ready for prime time, but which is seeking volunteer Christian editors who are interested in helping to develop a non-monetized directory of Christian resources.
  • GAC Web Directory – Global Aircraft is an aviation organization that is looking for volunteer web directory editors for its niche web directory.
  • JoeAnt – JoeAnt is a well respected web directory and, ss far as I am aware, JoeAnt is entirely operated by volunteers.
  • Open Directory Project – Despite a common mantra that the ODP is dead, the directory continues to function, and is entirely dependent upon volunteer staff for editing tasks and organizational planning.
  • Wikidweb – As its name implies, Wikidweb is a wiki-based web directory, and they could use some help over there.
5 Comments
  1. Zeeshan Iqbal says:
    Posted April 20, 2015 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    This article contains very helpful information for those who want to be a voluntary editors and links to the voluntary directories and also helpful to submit websites to these voluntary directories to increase page rank.

  2. PK Sardar says:
    Posted April 21, 2015 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the list, but does it mean these directories are free? How to know the quality of these directories , is there any forum or review site where web directories are rated? Sorry if asked too many questions, thanks anyway.

    • admin says:
      Posted April 22, 2015 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

      No, it doesn’t necessarily mean that submissions are free. It just means that the editors aren’t being paid.

  3. Couper says:
    Posted April 25, 2015 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Well I guess if someone volunteers to work with a web directory, then must mean they really have a passion for this. Thanks for the list!

  4. Devon says:
    Posted April 30, 2015 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    People who are willing to volunteer for something are the people who really want to be involved in that field! I volunteer at the Humane Society because I haven’t finished my degree yet but I simply love working with animals! I’ll also have to do an unpaid internship when I finish my degree. It’s great that these sites want to make use of volunteers. They deserve the recognition for their work.


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