Last week we shared reasons why you need to claim your online directory listings. If you missed the post, you can still check it out here. Since then we’ve heard from a lot of you asking where you begin. This week’s blog is about just that. Claiming these directories is about more than boosting your spot in rankings – it’s about making sure your business can be found easily online. That means you need to claim your spot where customers spend the majority of their time looking for businesses like you.
Our top six recommendations are listed below.
Google My Business
This one should come as no surprise to anyone. Google is THE search engine of all search engines. Need proof? Google logs more than 40,000 searches EVERY second or more than 3.5 million per day. If you don’t list your business on Google, you are missing out on opportunities.
The best part? Google My Business is free! You don’t have to invest a ton of money to see results. That is marketing every business can use.
Google My Business listings now have more features including a business description and area you can add products or services with descriptions.
Bing Places For Business
Bing Places for Business is the second most popular online search engine. It’s another free online directory listing that takes little to no time to list your business location(S), hours, business type, photos, and more.
Yelp is highly used by mobile device users everywhere. Claiming your Yelp listing means customers can leave online reviews and help you attract more customers. To claim your Yelp listing, you need to be near your telephone to receive the verification code. In addition, you have the opportunity to list business specials, hours, services, photos and videos to make you stand out.
Manta dedicates itself to helping small businesses increase their online presence. They offer both a free and paid listing. The paid listing includes ads for your business and removes ads from your business page, so users are not tempted to go elsewhere. You can add business information, services with descriptions, pictures, and keywords you want to rank for.
Hotfrog displays a lot of information about your business making it a directory you can’t ignore. You can add keywords, location, contact information, and a description of what you offer and how you began your business.
While Facebook is a social media platform, it is valuable. With a domain authority score of 100, millions of users, and being free, it is a listing that makes complete sense for small businesses.
The basic Yahoo listing is free to users and allows you to publish your business name and contact information. For $9.95 per month, you can add pictures and descriptions. You can also upgrade to get your business listed in an additional 40 directories, but this requires a monthly fee.
There are more than fifty online directories every business should consider listing their information on, but these are the top six directories you need to get listed on today (in my opinion). Do you need help? Don’t sign up for a monthly subscription to claim multiple listings. These companies lock you in, and when you try to cancel, they own your listings, not you!
Contact Fuhrman Creative today. We offer directory listing services for businesses like yours! They only require a one-time fee, and YOU own your listing. We can also help you update any existing listings. Give us a call or send an email today.