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General Web Directories

A directory is not a search engine, although many directories include a search field, and some search engines include directories. Search engines display lists of sites based on keywords or key phrases entered into the search field, while web directories organize sites into categories and subcategories. Web directory listings were initially intended to be found by humans rather than search engine spiders, although the latter now seems to be the more common function of most directories.

Some web directories are focused on specific geographic locations or topics, such as forum directories, blog directories, shopping directories, church directories, and other niche directories. Other directories are more general in scope, listing websites whose topics span a wide range of topics or geographic areas; these are general web directories.

For the purpose of categorization, the WDR Directory of Directories will consider those which cover a variety of topics to be general web directories, and we will subdivide these directories into Regional, Topical, and Comprehensive subcategories.

Directories that serve the purpose of listing a wide range of topics, as well as a regional tree, may be listed directly beneath the Comprehensive category.

Directories that include a range of topical categories, but do not include a regional tree, will be listed beneath the Topical subcategory, while those whose focus is on the location of the business or organization represented by the listed sites, rather than the topics of the site, will be listed within the Regional subcategory, as will those which restrict submissions to a particular geographic location.

  • Abacus Web Directory

    Abacus Web Directory

    SEO friendly web directory

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    The Abacus Web Directory first appears in the Internet Archive on August 23, 2006. The topical web directory offers a few choices on submissions. Without payment of a submission fee, a reciprocal link is required, for a review time of from one to two days. Otherwise, a regular submission costs $5.00, as a one-time fee. Featured links are $15.00 for one year, offering guaranteed inclusion.
  • ABC Directory

    ABC Directory

    premium web directory

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    Online as a web directory since 2003, the topical web directory has retained its current format since 2005, featuring a variety of categories and subcategories, as well as an article directory. Its top-level categories are Arts, Business, Computers, Education, Entertainment, Health, Home, Kids and Teens, News, Recreation, Reference, Science, Shopping, Society, and Sports. Submissions are free.
  • Abifind Directory

    Abifind Directory

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    The topical web directory has been online since 2005, sorting its content into fifteen upper-level categories. Abifind offers three submission options, all fee-based, one-time costs, and including image uploads and social media pages. The directory promises to return the fee in the event that a submission is declined.
  • AbiLogic


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    AbiLogic is a comprehensive general web directory that utilizes fifteen upper-level categories, which are divided into subcategorized, and subdivided as needed for proper navigation and organization. Submissions are fee-based.
  • Above All Directory

    Above All Directory

    human edited

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    Established in 2013, the Above All Directory is new, but the directory owner has plans to create a comprehensive general web directory, with a full complement of topical categories, as well as Regional and World trees. Regular submissions may be submitted for free or, for better placement, a reciprocal link is requested. Featured submissions are $9.99 per year or $19.99 for a lifetime listing.
  • Absolute Directory

    Absolute Directory

    Absolute Links

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    A general topical web directory, the Absolute Directory includes a World tree, which lists websites in languages other than English. New and top-rated listings are featured on separate pages. Submissions are fee-based, and require registration with the directory. Registered users may modify their own links.
  • Abstract Directory

    Abstract Directory

    Free Web Directory

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    With a copyright of 2006, the Abstract Directory first appears in the Internet Archive on February 2, 2007. Sites may be submitted to the directory for free, with or without a reciprocal link, the advantage to a link-back being an earlier review time. Internal pages may not be submitted as regular links. Express links are $5, as a one-time fee, which are supposed to allow for deep links, but I don't see a field on the form for deep links. Featured links are $10 per year.
  • Aby Directory

    Aby Directory

    Human Edited, SEO Friendly Directory

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    The topical web directory first appears in the Internet Archive on the 4th of July, 2006. There are three site submission options. A regular listing may be submitted for a one-time review fee of $5.00. A featured listing is free of monetary charge, but a reciprocal link must be provided on the home page of the site being submitted. Premium listings are $35.00 and, if accepted, will be displayed above regular listings for a period of one year, after which they become a permanent regular listing.
  • Accent List

    Accent List

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    The Accent List Web Directory has been online since sometime before January 10, 2010, when it first appears in the Internet Archive. Submission options include a one-time review fee of $4.00 for a regular listing, a featured listing in return for a front-page reciprocal link, or $25.00 for a listing that is premium for one year, then becoming a permanent regular listing.
  • Ace Web Directory

    Ace Web Directory

    Business Directory

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    The comprehensive general web directory offers a variety of topical categories, as well as a regional tree. Sites may be submitted for free, or a featured listing may be submitted for $17 per year or $35 for one-time payment.