Citation Directories For Local SEO Rank
Most people in the Search Engine Optimization industry know that local search, mobile search, and customer reviews & testimonials are extremely important ranking factors to Google in 2018 and are also very significant to searchers as well.
Below is a list of various Local Citation Directory links to submit your business listings to that will allow you to increase your SEO and Google rankings. Most of these directories have a free submission with paid add-on services.
If you do not have the time to manually submit Moz Local SEO Listings or BrightEdge.com Local is an excellent bang for your buck. I would stay away from Yext.
The most important thing to note when submitting your information to these directories is to be extremely consistent with your business name, address, phone number and website (NAP) or (NAPW). If you input different business names, phone numbers or addresses that will confuse the search engines and your listing will not appear as high in the search engine page rankings as you otherwise would.
Many of these services will allow you to post profile pictures and links to social media sites like Facebook Pages, Twitter Accounts, Pinterest Accounts, Google+ Accounts, WordPress and Blogger blogs so should set up those profiles before you begin submitting to the local directories.
Many of these sites will want you to submit to certain business categories, some more than one category and will also allow you to choose certain keywords that pertain to your business. Fill in as much information as you possibly can in order for your profile to be as complete as possible.
Some of these sites may only allow you to post your information through a service like Yext (which charges $500), if so, skip it and move on unless it is worth it to you to have a service do the data entry rather than yourself or a freelancer.
Local SEO Citation Directories
1. Google My Business – Vital to have a site listed & verified by GMB.
2. Yelp.com – Will constantly try to sell you PPC.
4. Yahoo Small Business Directory – Part of Yext Now.
5. Moz.com – MOZ has a Local SEO service for about $100/year.
6. Bing Business Local
9. Merchant Circle
11. Yext.com – Paid Service covers 100+ sites but cannot update listings if you leave.
12. Yellow Pages
17. Insider Pages
18. Facebook Business Pages
22. White Pages
23. Angie’s List
I recommend creating profiles at local niche directory sites if they will allow you to put links to your business, personal and social sites for free. Basically, any site that you are signed up for that lets you post a profile you should use it as an opportunity to publicize your business and get SEO rankings and higher SEO keyword rank in the search engines.
These sites are just a beginning for excellent local SEO.
For Optimum Local SEO Be Prepared To Submit NAP
Remember, be consistent with NAP Name Address and Phone Number. If your listings are inconsistent it may confuse the search engines.
Company Owner and/or Contact Person
Business Name (use the EXACT company name)
Suite/Office (if any – be consistent):
Business Primary Phone Number (Use a consistent format across local directories)
Business Fax Number
Business 800 Phone Number
Business Categories – Input as many relevant categories as the site will let you.
Keywords – Input as many relevant keywords as the site will let you.
Website Address – It is not necessary to have a website to submit to these local services although strongly recommended even if it is a Facebook, WordPress or Blogger page.
Primary Email Address
Hours of Operation
Payment Methods Accepted
Company logo (if any) – If you don’t have a logo you can get one made at Fiverr.com
Service Areas – Post your local area and surrounding towns
Business Location Images
Company Owner Picture – Look as professional as possible
Video URL’s – Youtube.com videos describing your business or service can really help. You can also create your own YouTube channel if you have many videos. Youtube allows you to post up to five links to websites or blogs although I believe only 1 is to follow.
Short description of your business (150-200 characters)
Long description of your business
More Citation Directories For Local SEO Results
All Business Now
Best of The Web (BOTW)
Best of the Web Local
Chamber of Commerce