Our Professional Plan is perfect for anyone looking to launch a money-making directory website in their area including the Local Prospecting Tool and the ability to charge clients directly from the platform.
BONUS Add Up to 1,000 Business Listings (normally 500) 5 Admin Accounts 30-Min. Kickoff Call & Training Session Local Prospecting Tool Client Billing Insert Banner Ads Auto-SEO Custom HTML Claimable Listings Coupon Codes
Our Enterprise Plan allows you to take your business to the next level and is designed for larger agencies, municipalities or organizations with lots of team members or anyone who sells a lot of listings.
Add Up to 10,000 Business Listings 10 Admin Accounts 30-Min. Kickoff Call & Training Session Local Prospecting Tool Client Billing Insert Banner Ads Auto-SEO Custom HTML Claimable Listings Coupon Codes Priority Support
You might be wondering... How do I get traffic to my directory website?
At Ideal Directories, we take the guesswork out of marketing your directory website and show you how.
After signing up, you'll gain instant access to our powerful marketing eBook "100 Ways to Market Your Online Directory." It's filled with proven, practical and actionable advice for marketing your directory, getting traffic to your site, and selling listings.
All Plans Include the Features Below:
Let us take care of the details so you can focus on building your business. Our professionals will work with you to get your site setup and looking great!
✓ FREE Website Setup Service ($499 Value) Technical Assistance Setting Up Your Site Including: Help Connecting Your Domain, Uploading Your Logo, Activating Your Stripe Account, Setting Up Your Pricing Page, and Adding Account Users ✓ Premium Website Hosting ✓ SSL Certificate ✓ Online & Email Support ✓ Ability to Add Listings, Coupons and Events ✓ Sales & Marketing Material Including Sample Sales Scripts, Flyers, Brochures and our powerful Marketing eBook with 100 Ways to Market Your Online Directory
Frequently Asked Questions
You've got questions, we've got answers. Check out our FAQ or give us a call (800) 408-3489.
Is Ideal Directories software difficult to use?
No, it's actually very easy. We designed our software to be a much easier alternative to other software options on the market.
Can I customize my directory website?
Yes you can. You can add your own logo, change colors, choose different fonts and even add custom pages.
How do I make money from my Ideal Directories website?
Some of the many ways you can generate revenue with your directory website include selling listings to local businesses, selling banner ads, and adding Google AdSense to your website.
Can I sell listings outside my immediate area?
Yes. While we try to limit competition between our clients, and encourage you to focus on your local town or city, you are free to sell listings outside your immediate area.
Can I operate multiple directory websites?
Yes! That's one of the best ways to multiply your earning potential. And be sure to ask about our multi-license discount.
Can I use my own domain name?
Absolutely. You will be able to assign your own custom domain to your Ideal Directories website.
Can advertisers and businesses sign up themselves?
Of course! Our directory websites are designed to let your members create and manage their own listings without you having to lift a finger.
Can I accept online payments?
Yup! Ideal Directories Websites seamlessly integrates with Stripe for secure payment processing.
Please note: Our Client Billing feature is only available on the Professional and EnterprisePlans.
Is my Ideal Directories website secure?
You bet! We use the highest level of encryption technology to keep your data and personal information safe and secure. All Ideal Directories websites also include SSL for a secure HTTPS connection.
Is hosting included?
Yes - hosting is included with each directory website so you won't have to pay any additional fees for hosting somewhere else.
What happens if I exceed my listings limit?
That means you are doing awesome! And we will gladly help you grow by increasing your limit size based on your needs. Additional fees may apply.
How do territories work?
Territories are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. While we can’t always promise exclusivity, we typically like to set up only 1 distributor per town or city. For larger metro areas, we might have more. Ultimately we try to avoid stacking our distributors too close together to reduce competition. You’re also free to sell listings to businesses in nearby areas.
How do I market & promote my directory website?
Most directory owners market their site on social media, through local events, or with Google AdWords, but we also provide you with an eBook which includes 100 different ways to market your directory and get traffic to your site.
How do I sell listings to local businesses?
Because a listing on your site is less expensive than other forms of advertising, they are much easier to sell. Businesses can also sign up themselves directly from your website or you can hire a sales rep to sell them for you...most sales reps will work commission-only so they only get paid when they sell a listing. It’s very easy to sell listings because the cost is much lower than other advertising options.
Who creates the banner ads?
You can design them yourself using a free banner creator tool or we can do it for you for a one-time fee of $20.
You can also add Google AdWords to your site which does not require you to design the ads at all. Google will automatically post ads to your site and you get paid every time someone clicks on an ad.
Can I host my directory website on my server or somewhere else?
No. The website must stay on our server. We use a quality, dedicated server designed specifically for our platform. This ensures smooth performance and stability, and allows us to continually make updates and upgrades to the software.
What kind of support and training do you offer?
We put together a robust Support Center that includes instructions for setting up and managing your directory website and is available 24/7 for your convenience. We also have a dedicated support team that will help you get started and can answer any questions you have. Our support team is available and can be contacted via email Monday - Friday: 7am - 5pm.
How much money can I really make?
This ultimately depends on how much time and effort you spend marketing your site and how much you decide to charge for listings and advertising on your site. Obviously, the more effort you put in, the more money you can make. The most successful people go out and sell listings to local businesses or hire a commission sales rep to sell for them. It’s very possible to turn this into a profitable business working less than 10 hours a week but this is not a “get rich quick scheme” or a money tree. It’s a real business, that requires real effort.
Are there any other costs associated to my directory website?
The only thing you pay us is a small monthly or yearly fee to use the software plus a one-time setup fee if it applies to the plan you choose. You will also need to purchase a domain name.
However, you should always plan for additional general operating expenses like printing business cards, flyers, and any marketing you decide to do.
Can I add custom pages with my own content?
Yes! You can add additional pages of content to your directory website and post things like news, articles, recipes, things to do around town, etc.