Directory websites are known to be one of the easiest and faster ways to make money online.
At the begging of the world wide web, listing pages consisted of a brief descriptions and a link to the related website only. The open directory project, aka DMOZ is probably the bigger and older of all.
Few year laters, corporations such as the Yellow Pages pushed the industry to a most profitable level, turning their databases into Geographical Business Directory portals, allowing anyone with a phisical address to get listed. Listing pages started to become similar to mini websites displaying logos, property pictures and many more information compared to the past.
In recent years, we saw a further evolution with the birth of giants like Tripadvisor and Yelp, which basically turned Directory Portals, into Social Networks, where point of interests are listed for free directly by their patrons, allowing them to also share their experiences with other webiste members in form of reviews. This model brought a lot more traffic to these websites allowing them to find alternative source of income though advertisement and selling premium listings, granting higher visibility to business owners.
Anyone today can develop and start making money with a Local Directory website using one of the Wordpress Directory Theme listed below.
They can target just about any niche, not only Hotels and Restaurants, but also Laywers, Dentists, Doctors, Animal Shops or Taxi Stations… you name it, your fantasy is the only limit.
If you own a domain like lawyersinbuffalo.com, it will not take you long to create and rank a website with it. Finding 100 lawyers willing to invest 50$ a month to be listed shouldn’t be a hard thing to do. This could easily generate a pretty decent recurring income with only a few weeks of work.
The secret for a successful directory? Unique and usefull information for the website visitors and the ability to rank well on google results for the targeted market.
Our suggestion is to start small and to think big. It is much easier to rank well for local niche markets, reason why it is probably smarter to create with Wordpress 20 regional minisites with 1k listings, rather than 1 national portal with 20k.