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Local SEO|Ranking Opportunity For Small Businesses On Google

Local SEO Is A Digital Marketer’s New Must Know Tactic

Google loves local SEO. Users find Google’s “Top 3 Map Pack” extremely convenient. A large percentage of Google users query local keywords for goods and services.  Google local search has completely made the Yellow Pages outdated.

The first place to start is to use Google My Business, free service that creates a profile for your business and plays a huge role in local SEO.

The most important thing is to remember when submitting to local directories is to input the same Name, Address and Phone Number (NAP) for each listing you create so Google doesn’t get confused.

With local directory submissions, you will find you will not only rank in Google for your own business (hopefully even higher than before) but you will also see results in the “Top 3 Map Pack.” This is because Google trusts qualitative and authoritative local directory and review sites.

Used Google Chrome’s form auto-fill function to make the job much easier. There is a piece of software called Roboform that you need to pay for, but I found that Google Chrome did the trick and worked well enough for me.

Free local citation directories are getting harder to find, but they are still out there.  Now is the time to get your information into their systems. Watch out for spammy local directory clones as they might be a waste of your time and should be avoided.

Once see your local directory business information begin to get indexed by Google it benefits you.

Change-up your business description on most sites to make it unique. Make sure to fully input all the right categories and keywords the citation sources let you.

Do not upgrade for additional services.

Google “free local directories” and find lists like the one below from HubSpot (old but still useful) and Yext.  Only submit to the free ones.

Hope it helps your business.

Niche Directories For Local SEO

1. Google
2. Bing
3. Yahoo!
4. Yelp
5. Merchant Circle
6. LinkedIn
9. Whitepages
10. Supermedia
11. Yellowbook
12. CitySearch
13. Mapquest
14. Biznik
16. Foursquare
17. ThinkLocal
18. CitySlick
19. USYellowPages
20. SuperPages
22. Dex
24. TeleAtlas
25. JustClickLocal
26. Discover our Town
27. Metrobot
28. EZ Local
29. twibs
30. LocalEze
31. Kudzu
32. CityVoter
33. Manta
34. Zipweb
35. MatchPoint
37. Local Site Submit
38. InfoUSA
39. Axciom
40. Infignos
41. Yellow Assistance
42. Get Fave
42. My Huckleberry
43. GenieKnows
44. MojoPages
45. Brownbook
46. Magic Yellow
47. CitySquares
48. TeleAtlas
49. Navteq GPS
50. Judy’s Book 

What Yext says are the largest local directories. Dated.

  1. Google My Business
  2. Facebook
  3. LinkedIn
  5. Yelp
  8. Manta
  9. SuperPages
  10. CitySearch
  11. Patch
  12. City-Data
  13. MerchantCircle
  15. Yahoo Local
  16. Mapquest
  17. Topix
  18. DexKnows
  21. ServiceMagic
  22. Angieslist
  23. AreaConnect
  24. Foursquare
  25. AmericanTowns
  26. BizJournals
  27. LocalGuides
  30. Insider Pages
  31. MagicYellow
  33. Mojopages
  34. Switchboard
  35. Demandforce
  36. MojoPages
  37. Bundle
  38. Metromix
  39. Yellowbot
  40. Kudzu
  41. ShowMeLocal
  42. ChamberofCommerce
  43. LocalPages
  44. HopStop
  45. YellowMoxie
  47. Best of the Web Local
  48. Yellowise
  49. GetFave
  50. Tupalo
  51. ZipLocal
  52. EZLocal
  53. CitySquares
  55. LocalDatabase

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