List of The Best FREE NZ Business Directories (In Priority Order):
- Google Plus / Google Maps [45 mins]
- Not an easy process, but an essential path to getting on Google Maps
- Finda.co.nz [12 mins]
- Easy to use. Good looking profile pages.
- HotFrog.co.nz [28 mins]
- Impressive presence in Google.co.nz for a variety of searches
- Zenbu.co.nz [27 mins]
- Very cool map-based business directory
- NZPages.co.nz [22 mins]
- Good, clean, “minimalist” directory
- ZipLeaf.co.nz [34 mins]
- “In growing stages, clean/sharp graphics, up to date functions. Promising” – [Thanks to James for his review]
- Gopher.co.nz [17 mins]
- Great design, easy to use
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Criteria For The Best NZ Business Directories:
To get on the official list above, the directory must meet most of these criteria:
- Does Google like it?
- Does the directory often appear in Google.co.nz Search Engine Results for a variety of NZ searches?
- How good are the directories own Search Engine Rankings?
- What SEO techniques does the directory use?
- Is the process of adding my website to the directory easy, intuitive and quick?
- Will it provide a clean hyperlink to my website?
- “No-follow” hyperlinks are of little use to us
- Redirection “tracker” hyperlinks are not as good
- Is the website approval time short?
- Are the other websites in the directory high quality? (Eg, have the webmasters let spammy websites through?)
- Can I specify my own anchor text for my hyperlink?
Other NZ Directories Worth Considering
I haven’t investigated the following sites in great detail. If you have used any of them, please write a short review of your own, in the comments below.
- Global directory, with dedicated subdomains to New Zealand cities. Rich text in the description field, you can add hyperlinks (this is rare). No longer free
- Networknz.nz Good layout, good content
- NZWebZ.co.nz (poor design, but may be worth registering)
- NZsbDirectory.co.nz (NZ Small Business Directory and Travel Guide)
- Entry.net.nz (good design, but pretty empty)
- IndexNZ.com (Ghastly!)
- NZ.BusinessDirectoryForMobile.com (Decent quality, and seems quite popular)
- WhoSells.co.nz (Very little in there, but looks ok)
- BusinessMe.co.nz (Great layout)
- Localist.co.nz (Huge growth over last few years)
- DizyLocal.co.nz (great design, layout)
- WeddingVendors.co.nz (specific to weddings)
Business Directories Dedicated to a Single Location
- BusinessHawkesBay.co.nz (Low usability – No way to browse)
- CentralOtagoNZ.com (quite good)
- RaglanDirectory.co.nz (good layout, comprehensive list)
- SearchAuckland.co.nz (almost empty)
- BizDirectoryNZ.com (Southland)
- DevonportDirectory.co.nz (Devonport, Auckland)
- BlenheimLocal.co.nz (Blenheim)
Time-Wasting NZ Directories To Avoid
This list is for directories with major flaws. Don’t waste your time on them. If you disagree, say so in the comments below.
- NZSearch.co.nz (abandoned long ago and it has slowly rotted away)
- PiperPat.co.nz (Crude, old, but effective (Page Rank 6!). But I have had no response to my requests for additions for years)
- AZDirect.co.nz (Very poor usability)
- IBegin.com [NZ] (only serving ads. No real NZ businesses)
List of NZ Business Directories You Have To Pay For:
In this list, there is no free listing. To register, you must pay.
Is There a New Zealand Online Business Directory Missing?
What other New Zealand directories do you think should be added to any of these lists? Add them in the comments below.
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