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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.

  • AddMe


    A Trellian Company

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    The AddMe Business Directory is a comprehensive web directory. Submissions to the directory are $20 per year for a basic package, or $40 a year for a featured package, the latter of which offers top placement within the category.
  • Afghan Web Directory

    Afghan Web Directory

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    Available in English and Dari, I think it is, the directory is focused on content related to Afghanistan, organized in several topical categories. There does not appear to be a method to submit a site to the directory, but a contact form is available.
  • Africa TamTam

    Africa TamTam

    A new, fully searchable web directory dedicated to Africa

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    Specific to Africa, the web directory's content may be searched by topic or country. Submissions to the directory are free.
  • Afriline


    Business and information directory of African countries

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    Afriline is a web directory of sites related to countries within the continent of Africa. There is no charge for submitting a site to the directory, but only African sites will be considered for acceptance. The directory's content may be found by browsing its topical categories, by country, or through site search.
  • Agora Directory

    Agora Directory


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    Agora Directory is a topical directory, except for its World category tree, which can accept sites in languages other than English, as well as regionally oriented topics. An account is required in order to submit a site to the directory, and several submission packages are available, from free to one-time payments of $5, $10, or $25.
  • Ajdee


    Online since January 2004

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    Established in 2004, the general web directory includes a full complement of topical categories and subcategories, as well as a blog tree, forum tree, regional tree and, for some reason, a North American tree apart from the regional categories. The directory is fee-based, requiring payment of a $25 submission fee at the time of submission.
  • Ajooja


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    The topical web directory was established in 2007, first appearing in the Internet Archive on October 11, 2007. Submissions to the directory are fee-based, with a number of options. Registration of an account with the site is required for submissions.
  • Alive Directory

    Alive Directory

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    The Alive Directory has been online since sometime before December 3, 2005, when it first appears in the Internet Archive (WayBack Machine).
  • All the Websites

    All the Websites

    a human edited web directory with various categories

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    Offering free submissions, the topical web directory includes a World section for languages other than English. Registration with the directory is required, but there is no charge either for registration or for site submissions. A reciprocal link is requested, but not required. An article directory is also included.
  • Alligator Web Directory

    Alligator Web Directory

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    The Alligator Web Directory is a general directory that lists its content within a variety of upper-level categories and subcategories. There are four submission options, ranging in price from free to a one-time payment of £49.95, with various advantages for higher costs.