The Definitive List of Local Search Citations

 

Citations are crucial to your local rankings in Google.  Not only that, but being listed on lots of these third-party sites (AKA “citation sources”) can help you attract customers from a wide variety of sources.

You may know where to get citations, and you may know all about how to go about building them.  You may even use the excellent Local Citation Finder.

But you probably don’t know whether you’ve gathered all the citations you need—or all that you humanly can gather.  That’s what this list is for.  It’s the product of 4 years of jotting down every citation source I’ve encountered.

The local-search landscape constantly changes, so I will keep growing and perfecting this list.  I know there must be some good sites I’m missing, even now.  I’d love any suggestions (see bottom of page).

I’ve broken it up into the following sections (click to jump to a section):

US citation sources

Data-aggregators

Industry-specific sites

“Events” sites

Ethnicity- and identity-specific sites

UK citation sources

Canada citation sources

Australia citation sources

If you’re looking for citation sources for Germany, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, or South Africa, go check out Nyagoslav Zhekov’s great post on “international” local citations.

If you run a fairly “normal” business in the US, you’ll only really need to pay attention to the first two sections.  You may also want to skim sections 3-5, but that’s just icing on the cake.

A few quick notes:

1.  The sites in the “data-aggregators” section aren’t really citation sources, but they help you build citations, which is why I’m including them.

2.  None of the sites requires a reciprocal link from you.  In other words, this list does NOT include the types of sites that will list your business only if you paste their stupid link and logo on your homepage.  I haven’t found that those sites are important to anyone’s visibility— except theirs.  Your site should be about you.

3.  All the sites are free to add your business to, with a few exceptions (which I note in the list).  On the off-chance you try to list your business on one of the hundreds of other sites on this list and are asked to pay a fee, please let me know (in which case I’ll either note down that fact on the list or — more likely — remove the site from the list entirely).

4.  Red = the most important citations to gather for Google local rankings, regardless of your industry or location.

5.  When I write  “verification required” next to one of the sites, that means you or the business owner or whoever’s in charge of citation-building has to go through an owner-verification process (usually by phone) in order to create your business listing on that site.  It’s a pain, but generally it’s worth doing and takes maybe 5-10 minutes.

6.  A few sites no longer have free self-serve “submit a listing” options because they’ve got a near-exclusive partnership with Yext.  That means that in many cases the only way to add or edit a listing on one of these sites is to register for Yext, although there may be creative ways to do it.  I’m including these sites just in case you want to check your listings.

The sites:

US citation sources

(it’s worth listing your business on any of these sites, regardless of your industry or location)

247OnlineNetwork.com

2FindLocal.com

6QubeDirectory.com

ABLocal.com

AGreaterTown.com (also check Directory.AGreaterTown.com)

Akama.com

AllPages.com

AlltheLocal.com

AngiesList.com

AskLocalPages.com

B2BYellowPages.com

BBB.org

BigwigBiz.com

BingPlaces.com

Birectory.com

BizHwy.com

BizListOnline.us

BizVotes.com

BizWiki.com

Blueboomerang.com

BrownBook.net

BusinessDB.com

BusinessDirectory.BizJournals.com

BusinessPatrol.com

CBSYellowPages.com

ChamberofCommerce.com

Cherrp.com

CliqSearch.com

CommunityWalk.com

Company.com

CornerstonesWorld.com

ConnectorLocal.com

City-Data.com

CityFos.com

CitySearch.com (verification required for claiming listing)

CitySlick.net

CitySquares.com

CMAC.ws

CornerstonesWorld.com

Craigslist.org

DexKnows.com

DigaBusiness.com

Directory-Net.com

DirectoryCentral.com

DirectoryM.net (AKA nSphere)

DiscoverOurTown.com

DreamLocal.com

EAscend.com

eBusinessPages.com

eLocal.com

eLocalFinder.com

ExportFocus.com

ExpressBusinessDirectory.com

EZLocal.com

Find-Your-Biz.com

FindItNow.com

FindTheBest.com

FourSquare.com

Fyple.com

GenieKnows.com

Geodelic.com

GetFave.com

GetFreeListing.com

GigPark.com

Go2.com

Goby.com

GoMyLocal.com

HelloMetro.com

HotFrog.com

HWhere.com

iDirectory.com

iBegin.com

ImmersiFind.com

Infignos.com

InfoSpace.com

InsiderPages.com

Inter800.com

Jayde.com

JudysBook.com

JustClickLocal.com

JustDial.com

Kudzu.com

LinkedIn.com

List-of-Companies.org

Local.BOTW.org (costs $1.99 / month as of June 2013)

Local.com (powered by Yext)

Local.Yahoo.com

LocalCensus.com

LocalDatabase.com

Localer.me

LocalGuides.com

LocalizedBiz.com

LocalPages.com

MakeitLocal.com

Majon.com

Manta.com

MapQuest.com (powered by Yext)

MatchPoint.com

MeetLocalBiz.com

MerchantCircle.com

MetroBot.com

MojoPages.com

MyCityBusiness.net

MyGreenPages.com

MyHuckleberry.com

MyLocalServices.us

MyServiceConnection.com

MyWebYellow.com

NetHulk.com

Nexport.com

OneClickLocal.com

Oodle.com

OpenWiFiSpots.com (only if you offer free Wi-Fi access)

PageLink.com

Patch.com

PegasusDirectory.com

PetesDirectory.com

PowerProfiles.com (verification required)

PremiumPages.net

Primeplace.Nokia.com (verification required)

RadarFrog.GateHouseMedia.com

RadiateLocal.com

RateItAll.com

Revark.com

SalesSpider.com

SeekItLocal.com

ShowMeLocal.com

ShowSmart.com

SmartGuy.com

SnapLocalBiz.com

SnoopItNow.com

SocialRaves.com

SocialStreets.com

SoMuch.com

SpotaBusiness.com

SuperPages.com

SureWestYellowPages.com

Switchboard.com (powered by WhitePages, and in turn by Yext; see note on WhitePages, below)

SysBeat.com

TenList.com

TheUltimateOnlineDirectory.com

TheUSAExplorer.com

ThinkLocal.com

Thumbtack.com

Topix.com (powered by Yext)

TripAdvisor.com

TrueLocal.com

TrueYellow.com

Tupalo.com

Tyloon.com

UrbanSpoon.com

USBDN.com

USCity.net

UserInstinct.com

USYellowpages.com

ViewPoints.com

Viselka.com

Wand.com

Where.com

WherezIt.com

WhitePages.com (powered by Yext – although apparently you can contact Whitepages for help)

WhoFish.org

Wimgo.com

Yalwa.com

YellowAssistance.com

YellowBot.com

YellowBook.com

Yellowee.com

YellowHours.com

Yellowise.com

YellowOne.com

YellowPages.AOL.com

YellowUSA.com

YelloYello.com

Yelp.com (verification required only for claiming listing)

Yippie.biz

YP.com (verification required only for claiming listing)

Zidster.com

Zip.pro

ZipCodez.com

ZipHip.com

ZipLocal.com

ZipperPages.com

ZoomInfo.com

Data-aggregators

Acxiom (MyBusinessListingManager.MyAcxiom.com)  (verification required; paid)

ExpressUpdate.com – AKA InfoGroup, AKA InfoUSA (verification required; see this post for more detail)

Factual.com (how to submit)

LocalEze.com (verification required; see this post for more detail)

Industry-specific sites

AllAboutCounseling.com

AllAboutVision.com (optometry)

AlphaLegal.com (law)

AmericanTradesman.com

AOA.org (optometry)

AssistedLivingFacilities.org

AssistedLivingInfo.com

AssistedLivingWay.com

AutoMD.com (auto mechanics)

Avvo.com (law)

BailBond.com

Boorah.com (restaurants)

BuildersYellow.com

BuildingTradesDir.com

ChiroDirectory.com

CyberAtty.com (law)

DealerRater.com

DentistComparisons.com

DentistDig.com

Doctor.com

DoctorOogle.com

DoctorsDig.com

eLocalPlumbers.com

Eventective.com

EverydayHealth.com

EveryDentist.com

EyeOnJewels.com

Fixr.com (contractors)

Frommers.com

GatheringGuide.com

GetMowed.com (landscaping and lawn-care)

HealthGrades.com

HealthLine.com

HG.org (law)

HomeExpo.com

HomeOwnersCircle.com (home-improvement services)

HomeStars.com (home-improvement services)

HotelClub.com

HotelsCombined.com

Houzz.com (home-improvement services)

Justia.com (law)

LawFirmDirectory.org(law)

LawyerCentral.com (law)

LilaGuide.com (for parents)

LocksmithIndex.com

LocalGranite.com (granite suppliers)

LuxuriousLandscapes.com (landscaping)

MacRaesBlueBook.com (industrial)

MenuPages.com (restaurant)

MetroMix.com (restaurants, nightlife, etc.)

MyWedding.com (bridal, florist, salon, etc.)

Networx.com (contractors)

OpenTable.com

OurParents.com (assisted living)

PaintingNetworx.com (house painting)

RateMDs.com

SeniorHomes.com (assisted living)

SeniorLivingAssistant.com

ServicesListed.com

ShopCity.com (shopping)

SpaFinder.com

SportsTavern.com

StorageFront.com

TopGranitePros.com (granite suppliers)

UrbanSpoon.com

VisionDirectory.com (optometry)

Vitals.com

WeddingWire.com (bridal, florist, salon, etc.)

Wellness.com (health industries)

Zagat.com

Zillow.com (real-estate, home-improvement services, landscaping)

“Events” sites

(you can get citations from these if you’re hosting a public event at your business; see my post on this for more detail)

Cityseekr.com

EventBrite.com

EventCrazy.com

Eventful.com

Eventseekr.com

EventSetter.com

Festivals.com

Patch.com

Schmap.com

TicketBud.com

TicketLeap.com

UpComing.Yahoo.com

Yelp.com/events

ZVents.com

Sites geared toward specific ethnicities / identities

(For more detail on these sites, see the post where I originally published this list.)

AlbanianYellowPages.com

AmericanIndianBusiness.net (Native American)

AsianBizOnline.com

BizPronto.com (Latino)

BlackBusinessList.com

BlackDollar.org

BlackOwnedBiz.com

BlackPagesOnline.com

Chinese411.com

CopperPages.com (Indian & Southeast Asian)

DesiWebUSA.com (Indian)

DoJewish.org

FilAmBizPages.com (Filipino)

FilAmPages.com (Filipino)

GreekAmericanBiz.com

HispanicSMB.com

IndianVillage.com (Native American)

IndoUSListing.com (Indonesian)

IranianHotline.com

iZania.com (Black & African American)

Jewocity.com

LatinaMarketplace.com

Latin-Businesses-USA.com

LebaneseinAmerica.com

MakBiz.net (Macedonian)

MinorityProfessionalNetwork.com

MuslimBusinessUSA.com

MuslimDir.com

NAOTW.biz (Native American)

RUList.com (Russian)

RussianImpact.com

SaigonNet.net (Vietnamese)

SupportBlackBusinesses.com

ThaiYellowPagesUSA.com

TurkishBiz.com

US4Arabs.com

VeteranOwnedBusiness.com

VeteransDirectory.com

Yasabe.com (Spanish speakers)

YaSas.com (Greek)

UK citation sources

(For “Add listing” pages for the following sites, see my blog post on UK citation sources.)

192.com

AccessPlace.com

AgentLocal.co.uk

ApprovedBusiness.co.uk

BizWiki.co.uk

Britaine.co.uk

Brownbook. net

BTLinks.com

Business.Unbiased.co.uk

BusinessNetwork.co.uk

City-Listings.co.uk

City-Visitor.co.uk

CityLocal.co.uk

CompaniesintheUK.co.uk

Cylex-UK.co.uk

Directory.TheSun.co.uk

FindtheBest.co.uk

ForLocations.co.uk

Foursquare.com

FreeBD.co.uk

FreeIndex.co.uk

Fyple.co.uk

GoMy.co.uk

HotFrog.co.uk

InfoServe.co.uk

It2.biz

Listz.co.uk

LocalDataCompany.com

LocalDataSearch.com

LocalLife.co.uk

LocalMole.co.uk

LocalSecrets.com

LocaTrade.com

Manta.com

MarketLocation.com

MisterWhat.co.uk

MiQuando.com

My118Information.co.uk

MySheriff.co.uk

MyLocalServices.co.uk

Near.co.uk

Opendi.co.uk

Qype.co.uk

Recommendedin.co.uk

Scoot.co.uk

SmileLocal.com

TheBestof.co.uk

TheBusinessPages.co.uk

TheDirectTree.com

TheDiscDirectory.co.uk

ThomsonLocal.com

Tipped.co.uk

TouchLocal.com

UFindUs.com

UK.Uhuw.com

UK.WowCity.com

UK-Local-Search.co.uk

UK-Locate.co.uk

UKSmallBusinessDirectory.co.uk

VivaStreet.co.uk

Wampit.com

WeLoveLocal.co.uk

WheresBest.co.uk

WhoseView.co.uk

Yalwa.co.uk

Yell.com

Yelp.co.uk (verification required only for claiming listing)

Zettai.net

Canada citation sources

411.ca

BBB.org

Brownbook.net

Canada.WorldWeb.com

CanadianBusinessDirectory.ca

CanadaOne.com

CanadaPages.ca

Canoe.ca

CanPages.ca

CityDirect.info

CTIDirectory.com

Cylex.ca

DakiTaki.com

eLocal.ca

eSourceCanada.com

FindHere.ca

FindUsFast.ca

FoundLocally.com

FourSquare.com

GigPark.com

GoldBook.ca

HotFrog.ca

iBegin.com

IC.GC.ca

LocalBiz.ca

LookupCanadian.com

Manta.com

N49.com

Opendi.ca

OurBis.com

OurFaves.com

ProfileCanada.com

ScottsInfo.ca

SeekItLocal.com

ShopinCanada.com

WebLocal.ca

WikiDomo.com

YellowCanadaPages.com

Yellowee.com

YellowPages.ca (verification required only for claiming listing)

Yelp.ca (verification required only for claiming listing)

Australia citation sources

1Australia.org

AGFG.com.au (dining & tourist businesses)

au.TotalTravel.Yahoo.com

AussieWeb.com.au

AustralianGetaway.com

AustralianGuide.net

Brownbook.net

Cityhobo.com

CitySearch.com.au (currently only dining-related businesses)

ComeonAussie.com

Cylex.com.au

DLook.com.au

Eatability.com.au

EnterpriseSearch.com.au

Fyple.biz

HotFrog.com.au

Local.com.au

LocalBusinessGuide.com.au

LocalStore.com.au

Manta.com

MerchantCircle.com.au

NationalDirectory.com.au

POIdb.com

RaveaboutIt.com.au

StartLocal.com.au

SunriseFamily.com.au

Superpages.com.au

TrueLocal.com.au

WhitePages.com.au

Yalwa.com.au

YellowPages.com.au (verification required only for claiming listing)

Yelp.com.au (verification required only for claiming listing)

YourCity.com.au

How can I improve the list?

Here’s a short wish-list of things I’d really love your input on:

  • Citation sources you know of that aren’t on the list
  • Ways you think I should organize/present the current list
  • Any tips or “words to the wise” regarding any site on the list
  • Any thoughts you have about the relative importance of any of the sites—like how you’ve seen them influence your Google local rankings or someone else’s.  In other words, which ones would you suggest highlighting in red?
  • Whatever you think would make this a better list

Credits

Big thanks to Kirk Pomerleau, Bruce Mishkin, and Holly Pedit for their great contributions to this list early on.

Special thanks to Nyagoslav Zhekov of NGS Marketing for a long list of insights that helped make this list better.  (By the way, I highly recommend you check out Nyagoslav’s excellent blog on local search.)

Giant thanks to Andrew Webber of SEO Maverick for his excellent additions to the list of Australian citation sites.

Hearty thanks to Zachary Palmer of Divot Agency for suggesting 9 sites, and for suggesting that I indicate which sites on the list require owner-verification.

Tons of gratitude to Chris Sheehy of SidewalkBranding.co for 32 (!) sites that made the list.  (By the way, Chris’s HQ is just a few miles down the road from me – definitely check out his site if you’re a Rhode Islander who wants a local local SEO.)

I thank Stephen Brown of Brown & Rice, P.A. for telling me about several sites that had gone extinct.

Cheers to Hayden Williams for telling me about 9 UK citations I’d missed.

Thanks to Michael Gottesman Biz Tech Coaching for suggesting the “Powered by Yext” labels.

Cheers to Rod Marchant-Smith of Peninsula Air Conditioning in Sydney for confirming which Australian citations matter most.

Merci to Marc Poulin for helping me keep the Canadian citations list up-to-date.

Please email me with any suggestions, advice, or questions you’d like to share.

Thanks!

Phil

P.S.  Although I can help you with your citations as part of my local-search services, I can also refer you to a couple of great citation-building services if that’s the main thing you’re looking for; just email me.

 

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