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10 Local Search and Social Location Resources to Have Your Business Listed In

If you have a brick and mortar business, you need to get listed.

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You have a new business… perhaps a bar, a coffee shop, or maybe a GIS consulting firm! Regardless of the business type, if you have a brick and mortar presence then you need to get your business listed. This is particularly important if you’d like to have your business turn up in local search results from such services as Google Maps, Mapquest, Yelp, and the many other local search resources on the web.

Chances are good that your business may already be listed in some POI databases and directories, however, as the business owner wouldn’t you rather be charged with taking control of what information is being conveyed about your business to potential clients or customers?

The following are a few places where any business owner should start and make sure they have accurate and current listings.

  1. Google business listings
  2. Citysearch
  3. Mapquest
  4. Yelp
  5. Navteq
  6. Where
  7. GoWalla
  8. Foursquare
  9. Truvo
  10. facebook Places

For the business owner, taking ownership of listings within these directories is crucial. As the owner you want to maintain accurate and complete information within you listings. You should also want to monitor via social location services who is checking into your place of business, what they are doing and what they are saying about you.

Finally, if you aren’t claiming your business listing chances are good that the crowd is adding your place to these directories and the chances are good that inaccurate or incomplete information is being shared to your potential customers.

For complete information and links to the above-mentioned resources see this article 10 Local Search and Social Location Resources To List your Business

Originally published on AnyGEO

10 Local Search and Social Location Resources to Have Your Business Listed In
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  • http://www.greatlegalmarketing.co.uk/google_magic Boyd Butler

    Glenn, the issue for SMB’s is how to stay on top of all this.
    They pretty much have to do it if they want to win online.
    My advice is to use something like Brightlocal.com or a getmeeverywhere type of service.

  • http://www.brickmarketing.com/internet-marketing-consulting.htm Nick Stamoulis

    Brick and mortar businesses that survive on local foot traffic have to be listed in all of the above (and more!) local search listings. Not only are users searching for companies within these listings, the profiles can actually rank on their own in the search engines, increasing visibility. These profiles should always be filled out as completely as possible so a user can find exactly what they are looking for in a matter of moments.

  • http://lawgical.com Trent

    I’ll just throw in Bing and Yahoo Local as important places to claim or submit as those will propagate for the search users of those search engines. Thanks for the list. Agree with Boyd – this is very time intensive for a local business. You want to consider using a professional service for the manual submissions and optimization for the big ones and someone who provides an automated submission for the B players. Nick, great input too! Take advantage of all the fields you can on these profiles.

  • http://www.brightlocal.com/products Myles @ BrightLocal.com

    Thanks to Boyd Butler for mentioning BrightLocal.

    We’re working on a new local SEO tool called citationburst which will enable local (bricks & mortar) businesses to list themselves on hundreds of relevant local & vertical sector directories in 1 go. Most of these social, location sites will be included (not Google Places or Facebook as they deserve closer treatment)

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