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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.

  • Business Seek

    Business Seek

    The Business Directory for Business

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    Human reviewed and maintained, the topical web directory and search engine focuses on listing business websites and articles, categorizing them by industry or service. Standard submissions are reviewed without charge, while express reviews are $12. Also for $12, a site may be included in its search engine, to be crawled once a month, $18 for inclusion in both the directory and search engine.
  • BusyBits Web Directory

    BusyBits Web Directory

    free & paid web directory

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    BusyBits is a general web directory that first appears in the Internet Archive on October 1, 2005, offering a variety of topical categories as well as a regional tree. General submissions to the directory are free, while featured listings cost $50.00 per year. Only two hundred and fifty characters are available for a site description.
  • Canada Directory

    Canada Directory

    Links, Articles

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    Established in early 2004, the directory accepts links from all of the Canadian provinces, as well as international links that are determined to be valuable to its users. Submission require either a reciprocal link or payment of $29 per year.
  • Canada Web Directory

    Canada Web Directory

    Searchable all Canadian business

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    The Canada Web Directory offers links to business, real estate, tourism and travel, sports, education, art, environment, and science sites related to Canada. A basic submission review is $19.95 per year, while an enhanced listing is $99.95 a year.
  • Canadian Web Directory

    Canadian Web Directory

    Canada's Best Internet Directory

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    Canadian Web Directory featured only Canadian content, listing its sites in topical or regional trees. Only top domains are accepted. Sites may be submitted for free or with a reciprocal link, while featured links cost $20.
  • Canadopedia


    The Web of — La Toile du Canada

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    Presented in English and in French, Canadopedia first appears in the Internet Archive on April 28, 1999. The bilingual directory and search engine is focused on Canadian sites, and intended for Canadians and those who desire information about Canada and its inhabitants.
  • CannyLink


    Internet Guide

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    CannyLink has been online since 1997, first appearing in the Internet Archive on May 2, 1998. Hand-coded until March of 2011, CannyLink was upgraded to a PHP Link Directory script. The submission fee for a regular listing review is $19.95, while the fee for a featured review is $39.95, both one-time fees. A topic sponsor review is $49.95 per year. Topic sponsor ads appear on the top of the left sidebar of internal pages.
  • Canuck Links

    Canuck Links

    Net Content for Canadians Without Web Clutter

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    Available in English and French, Canuck Links is a Canadian web directory, whose content is arranged into a variety of topical and regional categories. Carrying a copyright of 1999, the directory first appears in the Internet Archive on October 18, 2000.
  • Caribbean Site Directory

    Caribbean Site Directory

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    The directory lists sites specific to the Caribbean, offering a variety of way to browse its content, as well as an in-site search. Submissions are free and a reciprocal link is not required, although better positioning can be achieved through a reciprocal link.
  • CDH Productions

    CDH Productions

    Bid Directory

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    CDH productions is a bid directory. There is a minimum fee of $49.95 for inclusion in the directory; after that, its placement is through bids, whereas the listing with the highest contribution is displayed on top of the category. Each site in the directory receives two links, one in the specified category, the other on a dedicated page.