Not to long ago we wrote a post that discussed the importance of creating engaging content for your directory website. This is a point that we can’t belabour enough. If you want to create a successful directory website, you’ll have to create content that provides value to your visitors. The directory is important but it’s the content that draws people in and keeps them coming back. Content is also what will help you rank for crucial keywords that attract traffic.
As you sit down to work on your content strategy, one of the first questions you’ll be asking is:
“What kind of content are my visitors searching for?”
Want to start an Online Directory, but don’t know where to begin?
Here I wrote this step-by-step guide for you.
I created this guide to give beginners a fast, foolproof guide to start a Directory site, without much hassle or wasting your time exploring a thousand possibilities.
I also wanted to help you avoid all the expensive mistakes that most people do while creating a directory site. It’s not just a website but a business that you develop.
P.S. This guide is 3,109 words long which means roughly 45 minutes of reading. So grab yourself a tea, coffee or juice (whichever you prefer) and start with STEP 1.
Step-by-step walk-through to start a Directory Site
I have divided the guide into 7 steps. To get the ball rolling its going to require a few things to set up.
- Decide the Niche or Domain
- Get Domain and Hosting
- Get a WordPress Directory theme
- Content, Traffic & Get Paid For Listings
- Get Paid For Advertises
- Defend and Expand
…and once you’ve set up your directory, I’ve also put together couple of additional guides for SEO marketing.
One of the frequently asked questions in our helpdesk is, “Can I get to see some of the directory site references?”. Ideally we thought user want to make sure whether the theme really works? But recently we asked specifically to all users a reason for asking reference site. 90% of the users replied for NEW IDEAS.
Hence for you all, I created this article where we I have jot down list post of 19 local directories of the USA. There are many unique and common takeaways from each of them.
Directory concept as an online business is not only successful but could be converted to into mega success.
With baby steps of local directory site sky is the limit to define the success of a Directory Site.
Since the Yellow Pages began hitting doorsteps in 1886, being listed in a local business directory has been an effective and affordable way for businesses to reach consumers in their area.
Here is a list of 19 local USA directories. The most common strategy these directory runs is providing free listings for an initial period that could be one month to three months. Let’s take a look how they monetized it.
Once you’ve installed WordPress, purchased a theme and spent some time getting things set up just the way you like, it’s time to start thinking about marketing. We both know that generating income from your website will require traffic. The question is: What is the easiest way to attract visitors to your website?
While there is no tried and true perfect answer, inbound marketing is a great place to start. The ideal inbound marketing tactics will be different for every website. If you understand the different options that are available, you can start putting together some specific ideas — experimenting until you figure out what works best for your business.
Do you need a payment gateway on your Directory or any of its child themes? If the answer to this is ‘Yes’, we’ve got news for you. We are very happy to be announcing the CCAvenue plugin for our Tevolution powered themes. Collect payments by simply installing this plugin and you’re set to go.
At Templatic, almost everything we do is centered around a single objective — helping you to build a business using WordPress. Whether it’s a local business directory, a vacation rental website, a WooCommerce store or your own personal author website — Templatic themes are all about building your business.
As a child, did you ever build a sandcastle on the beach? Do you remember how great it felt to build something from scratch? The sense of accomplishment and pride that came with seeing a project through to completion? Chances are you feel the same way about the business you’re building, right?
But maybe you also had the experience of the tide coming in and destroying your castle. Or worse yet, maybe some kid, bigger and older that you, came along a stomped on your castle. Destroying an hour of hard work in just a few seconds.
The reality is, your WordPress website is facing a similar risk. There are hackers out there who are interested in nothing more than destroying your hard work and wreaking havoc on your business. But how do you protect your website?
Traffic is so easy to get only when we know what is that people are looking for out there! All you have to do is provide people with a solution to their problem and they will come and they will share it with their friends! To get maximum traffic to your directory site we recommend following top 6 methods adapt by thousands of other online directory site owners.
1. Content Marketing
Content marketing should be your ultimate goal in marketing. Meaningful content will help users find what they are looking for. But in the beginning this can be difficult because you probably won’t have many listings. So you have to get creative and make your own content. Here are some ideas:
- Start a blog on your website and start blogging about the industry your WordPress directory will serve offer tips and resources, I.e., If your directory is about restaurants, you can write about food.
- Share a story about a successful business who considers marketing online through social media and various directories. People these days like stories over facts.
- Make slideshows and put them on social media with links back to your WordPress website
When you are going to create a global directory site, it requires lot of planning in choosing a right tools and solutions for it! The most important things that you should look for is not just the design or even maps but the things that you will require after building up your site to serve your business purpose.
While deciding and comparing themes to make up your mind, knowing the motive behind the theme creation and on what base it has been created helps a lot in reaching to your decision.
Templatic has pioneered the directory kind of theme in the market with the theme GeoPlaces. And taking this legacy further, Directory theme has been created on the base of the real suggestions and feedback of real users who have been using these kinds of sites and make money out of it. So, here are some points that you should look upon before buying any directory theme.
Global site requires lot of things which are not required by the normal sites.