Advertising a small business via just one phone book has turned into at least 69 directories online. This does not include the directories that are specific to your type of business. Due to volume and authority, business directories are very difficult to out rank in the search engine results for a small business. Fortunately listing your business will be free (with upgrade options for most to a premium product).
How will you know which to list on first? Google the common key words YOUR customers and potential customer will be using in their search. Note on the first couple of pages any directory website that appear in the search engines. They will become obvious first choices.
Here is a list of 69 online business directories to start with:
- Ask Local
- Assist Guide
- Fave Media
- Google Maps/Local
- Menu Network (n/a as of 6/18/2010)
- Merchant Circle
- Mobio Networks
- MSN Local
- Reach Local
- Search Bug
- SuperMedia (previously Idearc)
- The Yellow Pages
- V-Enable (now called X Ad)
- Zingy (Previously Vindigo)
In the last blog article, you read about the small business success tip which reviewed how not to get rejected by Google Places.
List Business Locally Free at Google Places reviewed the new service and the name change to Google Places.
Now you have a long list of directories to list your information with. Note: You will not have an option to list your business with all of them directly. Also, make a special note about the number of mobile and gps navigation resources. Don't fall asleep and wait too long before you get listed for mobile.
If you have your business information handy, copy and paste will become your method to get it done more quickly.
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