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If you want to increase the odds of getting your business found online then it is very important for your business to be listed in local online directories. There are many reasons to build complete profiles in these top 20 local directories and we have listed some of the benefits.
- Many of the Local directories offer FREE listings.
- Attract local visitors to your website.
- Local listings help you dominate search results for your business name or top keywords. These directories are high traffic websites. If you maximize your opportunities, it’s definitely possible for your company to have displayed multiple listings on a ranked page. We’ve seen many clients have a Google Places listing on the map, their website listing, a Merchant Circle listing, a Twitter account displaying, and a Yelp listing all on the 1st page of Google for one search term.
- Brand Reputation Management – Most of these local business directories give users the ability to write reviews, which can also boost your companies’ image, reputation, and rankings.
- Link Building – Local directories are a great source to generate backlinks to your website. The more backlinks (considered votes of confidence by search engines) to your website the more relevant and popular you are to Google.
- Builds Credibility – Getting listed in major local directories makes you appear popular and credible.
Conveniently listed below are 20 of the top local directories to assist in completing your “Google Resume”.
Remember, customers, clients, and prospects are searching for products and services relevant to your industry and market. Are they finding your company?
Google My Business
Google My Business connects you directly with customers on all types of devices, whether they’re looking for you on Search, Maps or Google+. It gives customers the right info at the right time, whether that be driving directions to your business in Maps, hours of operations in Search or a phone number they can click to call you on mobile phones. Google My Business helps you build a loyal fan base. Your customers can show their appreciation with ratings and reviews, use the +1 button to endorse your content, and re-share your Google+ posts across the web.
Yelp offers customer reviews of businesses in your city. In addition to your basic business information, you can also add photos, coupons, a short history of your business, and more. You’ll even be able to respond to your customers’ reviews and view statistics for your profile.
Yahoo! Local offers listings and reviews for local businesses. As a business owner you can add/claim your business and include any important information.
The Bing Business Portal allows you to manage your local business listing on Bing. You can add your logo, photos, menu, deals, and other important information.
MapQuest’s “local business center” will allow you to update your MapQuest business listing. You can add photos, parking directions, move your map marker, and more.
Angie’s List offers user reviews of businesses in your city. Angie’s List has 2 million paying members that read and write reviews on their website. As a business owner you can monitor/add your business for free as long as your business falls under one of the following categories.
YellowPages (via AT&T)
YellowPages (now YP.com) offers local business listings and advertising solutions for businesses. As a business owner you can add/claim your business listing and include any important information.
Citysearch is an online guide to businesses and entertainment in your city. As a business owner you can add/claim your business listing and include any important information or add special offers. You can also view statistics to see how many people view your profile page. You can claim your listing on Citysearch by visiting CityGrid.
Manta offers business listings for companies worldwide. Their website receives over 30 million visitors per month. As a local business owner you can add/claim your business listing and enhance it by adding your company logo, photos, and other important information. You can also see statistics on how many people are visiting your business profile on Manta.
Foursquare helps keep track of where your friends “check-in” and what businesses are nearby your current location. Users of Foursquare will often comment on certain businesses by giving recommendations or compiling to-do lists of their favorite places to visit. As a business owner you can claim your business listing and receive real-time data about your customers’ activity. You can also create coupons for those customers who “check-in” to your business.
MerchantCircle is a local business directory offering reviews, deals, and advice. As a business owner you can add/claim your business listing and enhance it by adding coupons, newsletters, respond to reviews, and more.
Superpages is an online business directory offering local business listings, reviews, and advertising solutions. As a business owner you can add/claim your business listing and include any important information, create deals, respond to user reviews, and more.
Local is an online directory for local businesses, deals, and events. As a business owner you can add/claim your business listing and include any important information.
LinkedIn allows you to create a public “Company Page” for your business. Your Company Page will be linked to by your employees’ profiles on LinkedIn (when they list your company as their employer).
The Business Journal
The Business Journal offers business news and advice. They’ve recently created a local business directory which includes most major U.S. cities. As a business owner you can add/claim your business listing and include any important information.
Hotfrog is a business search engine that receives around 1.5 million visitors per month. As a business owner you can add/claim your business listing as well as add photos, create deals, and more. They also offer reporting tools to see which keywords are driving the most traffic to your business profile page.
Kudzu offers reviews, advice, and deals for local businesses. As a business owner you can add/claim your business listing and include any important information, create deals, respond to user reviews, and more.
Magic Yellow is a business directory offering local business listings and reviews. As a business owner you can add/claim your business listing and include any important information.
Superpages.com is the local expert, and a top online resource for finding information and insights on businesses and retailers. Every month we help millions of consumers find valuable local business information from driving directions and hours of operation to Web links and customer reviews.
A leading provider of contact information for people and businesses. It also develops mobile apps and business services that make use of its contact data. It has the largest database available of contact information on US residents, which is used for services by USPS and MSN, among others.
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