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dwhs
08-06-2015, 08:24 AM
I just finished my directory and it looks great but is like a ghost town. I get maybe 4 businesses a day adding their business.

Any ideas how to get a lot businesses to add their business for free or cheap?

The business directory is a free service that is why I can't afford to spend a lot on it.

itsnotsobad
08-18-2015, 02:55 AM
Go to Facebook and LinkedIn and contact businesses.

Tell them of the benefits of putting their business in your directory. You can tell them that every month/week, you feature a business and you submit the content to social networks thereby increasing their business exposure.

If you don't already, you can have several ad packages the business can upgrade to.

You have a lot of options.

leaprock
08-25-2015, 08:50 PM
I'm not sure about the nature of your directory, but at first with any community you have to put in a lot of effort to building it yourself.

Add as many entries to your directory manually as you can: use yelp, facebook, other websites, etc. to find their info and enter it by hand or use a virtual assistant.

Noone wants to be on an empty directory, cause no visitors want to go to an empty directory. You'll need to manually reach a critical mass before the directory will be self-sustaining with new signups and a significant amount of traffic. Maybe after you get to that point you could charge for premium listings.

I've found this article to have really good advice about this topic: http://paulgraham.com/ds.html

Hope this helps, and good luck!

Virtual Office SOS
08-27-2015, 08:22 AM
Social Media is a great way to get your directory noticed and all it takes is time, remember no business was built in a day it takes time.

HARR
08-27-2015, 03:22 PM
Create a limited time offer, such as register in next 7 days for free or else pay $10. This trick always work. Then post this on facebook, twittwer etc. :)

Margaret Spencer
08-27-2015, 10:28 PM
How about you send out a Newsletter about your free listing Directory? A lot of businesses will benefit from it and they would be willing to sign up or include their business in your listing... However, you would need an Email List to do so... Why not try our services?

cirmel
09-01-2015, 08:33 AM
I'b be more than happy to add my business to the directory and spread it to friends if the directory niche matches. Just send me the site so I can check it out. Otherwise, use social media and SEO to boost your site's presence on the internet.

Geethan
04-29-2020, 05:58 AM
I think you might be searching for a software, directory website builder applications, something that seamlessly fulfill every single requirement. But believe me there are several ways to get your directory published:-

You can create your directory website on the WordPress.
You can also use Joomla web application.
For the best templates or extensions you can also use Joomla directory. I have built my business directory using Joomla platform.

How to create directory on Joomla:-

Create a database.
To create a MySQL Database, go to the control panel and find the icon called MySQL Databases.
Start with the Joomla engine.
Simply upload this zip package to your site's root folder and unzip it there.
Set up your website.
Press the Install button.

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05-12-2020, 01:00 AM
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05-13-2020, 12:35 AM
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Second option
Send out a Newsletter about your free listing Directory? A lot of businesses will benefit from it and they would be willing to sign up or include their business in your listing... However, you would need an Email List to do so... Why not try our services?

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05-21-2020, 08:58 AM
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05-26-2020, 03:54 AM
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05-28-2020, 01:16 AM
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06-25-2020, 11:32 PM
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