*Updated through March 2018
There’s a lot of nuance and layers to doing SEO these days, but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: links are super important.
From dispensaries to accessories to services, getting links to your website will not only help your SEO game. If done right, they’ll send you some relevant traffic–and that’s the real goal in the end, isn’t it?
To help make it easy on you, here is a huge list of of link building opportunities for your cannabusiness.
If you don’t have them yet: build them.
Below, you’ll find each listing contains:
- Site name
- Domain Rating (DR–from Ahrefs), a metric of authority, out of 100.
- A short description of each site
- The URL to sign-up.
Some listings are paid, most aren’t.
Okay! Enough of that. Let’s jump in to where you can increase authority, boost your trust, and rank for your best cannabis keywords.
Local Cannabusiness Listings
This will be most useful for dispensaries and other location-based businesses.
The biggest difference between the sites in the “cannabusiness listings” section and the “directory” section below: this section lists opportunities for a link on websites that are heavily focused on dispensaries, while the directory section is for opportunities to link other businesses/services.
List of Marijuana Dispensary Citation Opportunities
Leafly.com – DR = 64
Strain directory, dispensary listings, and news.
Weedmaps.com – DR 63
The Google Maps of marijuana dispensaries.
MerryJane.com – DR 59
Cannabis-culture, lifestyle website.
URL: https://www.merryjane.com (scroll to bottom, “add a listing”)
MedicalJane.com – DR 57
A community of medical cannabis patients and caregivers
ColoradoPotGuide.com – DR 53
A guide on what to buy and where to stay when shopping for MJ.
THCFinder.com – DR 50
A resource to help locate local dispensaries, smoke shops, and seed banks.
WheresWeed.com – DR 49
Location-based list of dispensaries, doctors, and more.
WikiLeaf – DR 47
A dispensary price-comparison site
WeedStore.Reviews – DR 46
Honest medical and recreation dispensary reviews.
LoveAndMarij – DR 45
Wedding-themed cannabis site
420Portal.com – DR 44
Location-based list of dispensaries and cannabis doctors.
LocalMMJ.com – DR 39
Medical marijuana business related directory.
PotMy.com – DR 37
Marijuana dispensary listings.
JanesMaps.com – DR 35
A local dispensary and service provider resource.
URL: https://www.janesmap.com/submit-listing/ (URL only works if logged in)
PublicDispensaries.com – DR 34
Dispensary listings for Alaska, Colorado, or Oregon
URL: http://oregon.publicdispensaries.com/gd-login (add “colorado” or “alaska” in pace of “oregon” to add a listing for those states).
420Nation.com – DR 31
An online community connecting of marijuana
MMJNet.net – DR 29
Medical marijuana industry directory.
Industry-Relevant Directory Listings
If you know anything about SEO, you know that directories are a great link building strategy… in 2006.
Back in the day, you could just get listed on 300 directories the celebrate your top rankings like:
Eventually, though, directories got a bad rep and got perpetually listed on every “are you making these SEO mistakes” post.
Here’s the thing:
Directories as a link building tactic aren’t necessarily a bad thing. They can be sloppy, over-done, low quality, and irrelevant. Just throwing links at every directory your browse past is lazy and, even worse, dangerous for your site’s long-term SEO health.
However, relevant, high-quality directories are a great supplement to your marijuana SEO link building campaign.
List of Relevant, High-Quality Directories for Building Links
Ganjapreneur.com – DR 53
An online resource for cannabis businesses.
CannabisBusinessExecutive.com – DR 50
An cannabis business to business media company
THCBiz.com – DR 49
An industry-related product and service directory
PotGuide.com – DR 48
A directory focused on cannabis-business services.
TheMJDirectory.com – DR 45
Directory of marijuana and hemp related businesses
Cannapages.com – DR 44
A marijuana business-focused directory.
CannaNext.com – DR 36
A site that connects medical marijuana patients with cannabusinesses.
Growbay.com – DR 30
A cannabis growers and sellers resource.
420List.co – DR 28
A directory of 420-friendly businesses
These are websites that allow the submission of guest posts. These are the most powerful links, but–you guessed it!–the hardest to get. Here are several that have posted submission guidelines on the site.
Suggestion: if you’ve never tried to get a post on someone else’s site before, hit a search for “how to guest post” or “guest post best practices” before trying.
Or, you know, hire us to do it for you!
Herb.co – DR 56
An entertainment site for everything marijuana-related
HailMaryJane.com – DR 50
A cannabis-culture blog.
CannabisIndustryInstitute.com – DR 39
A website dedicated to cannabis growers
CannaHealth.org – DR 30
A site focused on the medical side of cannabis
The most expensive link building method on the list. These powerhouse sites also have a lot of benefits without just giving you a link (but be honest, you’re just here for the link juice).
Me: some of these links will run you hundreds a month, others will cost your thousands a years.
SafeAccessNow.com – DR 58
An organication advancing legal medical marijuana therapeutics and research.
AHPA.org – DR 57
American Herbal Products Association website.
TheCannabisAlliance.us – DR 45
An organization dedicated to the advancement of the cannabis industry.
TheCannabisIndustry.org – DR 57
An organizationp promoting the growth of a responsible and legitame cannabis industry
Distribute your cannabis-related news to some of the top industry-related (and not related, for that matter) website. Not cheap, but could be worth it.
MJBizWire.com – DR 46
Marijuana Industry press release service
MJNewsNetwork.com – DR 48
A marijuana industry press release service
That’s it for now.
This is just the first iteration of this guide. I will be constantly expanding and updating the list, so if you don’t want to miss the latest version with all the good link opportunities, put your email in the box below and sign up: