15 Places Where Your Business Should be Listed
Maybe the traditional yellow book of listings is dead, but online directories certainly are not. Yet many businesses still lack online listings because they don’t know where they should be listing their business and whether more is better.
In this particular instance, more is better. People conduct quick searches to find local businesses, so it pays to have your company listed on as many sites as possible. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best places where your company should be listed and why it’s important to nab your spot.
- Google Places for Business: This should be at the top of your priority list because Google is the most popular search engine, receiving nearly 6 billion searches per day. The advantages to listing with Google Places include appearing in Google Maps and the option for happy customers to leave reviews on Google+. Oh, and it’s free and easy to sign up.
- Bing Places for Business: Bing is the second most popular search engine on the Internet, so if they’re not on Google, they’re here. Bing is quick, easy and free to register, and you have the option to add multiple business locations at one time. You can also add photos, videos and other media.
- Yahoo! Local Listing: Onto the third most popular search engine, Yahoo!. The Local Basic listing is free, but they have other options that do cost a monthly fee. The benefit to paying for the listing is that you get maximum exposure plus the option to add photos and a description.
- Yelp: When Internet users are looking for a quality review, they often turn to Yelp. Get your business on this site if you’re looking for word-of-mouth advertising. Plus, when you create an account, you can create deals for loyal customers, send messages and view business trends.
- MapQuest: When you want to get customers to your physical location, it’s smart to have a MapQuest profile. Users can type in your business address or business name and detailed driving directions will become available. This is a paid service, but it costs just a few dollars a week.
- Foursquare: Foursquare is a popular business directory, and it doubles as a social site. Customers can check in and comment on your business, helping you generate more leads. There’s also an app and the option to connect your Twitter handle.
- DexKnows: The benefit to DexKnows is that it’s a popular online directory where you can also track how your customers engage with your profile. You can monitor your readings and reviews and get a feel for your social reputation.
- Angie’s List: This is one of the most well-respected directories online, sharing accurate, reliable reviews for readers. With Angie’s List, you have the option to read and respond to reviews and maintain your online reputation.
- Citysearch: Citysearch is a great place for restaurants, spas, hotels, bars and more. Listing with the site is free, and updating your profile is easy. Plus, they have a vast partner network with Expedia, Urbanspoon, MerchantCircle and more.
- Yellow Pages: We felt they deserved a spot on the list, especially as the Yellow Pages has worked hard to reestablish themselves as a modern-day phone book. Yellow Pages allows you to list your business and take advantage of lead generation services, advertising and online payment options.