So, your beautiful, responsive website is up and running and it looks great.
However, if you want to make it easy for potential customers to find your business, you need to make sure you’re listed in all the right places.
With so many options out there, you may not know where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful list of top online business directories, along with the right links to get you started.
Google My Business “puts your business info on Search, Maps and Google+ so that customers can find you, no matter what device they’re using”.
Make sure to create posts on your Google+ account on a regular basis to obtain more followers and further improve your ranking.
Bing – the Microsoft-owned and second-most used search engine – allows you to list your business on Bing Places in three easy steps: 1.) Claim your listing, 2.) Complete your profile and 3.) Verify your listing.
The third step involves getting a PIN mailed to you within a week or so and then going back in to verify ownership. Super easy and well worth the effort.
Create a free listing for your small business at the self-proclaimed “place for small business”, which lists U.S. companies by category, provides news and advice on a number of small business topics and even allows you to join a community where online discussions are abundant.
If you happen to be in the restaurant, retail, professional or any other service-related business, you’ll want to make sure your business is properly listed here.
Word-of-mouth advertising is one of the strongest marketing tools out there, so encourage your customers to give you reviews on Yelp in order to increase your site’s prominence.
In fact, your business may already be listed, so make sure to check and make the appropriate updates to update and improve your business’ profile.
Companies with the best reviews get the top listings when someone does a search in your industry. So again, make sure your customers provide solid (and honest!) reviews on your services.
Once you have enough ratings, you can create special offers to take advertising your services one step further.
These aren’t just phone book publishers, they each have online directories that help connect millions of consumers with local businesses.
Get your site listed on DexKnows and you can cross the Yellow Pages, White Pages and Superpages sites off your list.
It also provides recommendations to consumers based on their tastes, places they have rated and social media friends.
More than 55 million people use Foursquare worldwide and more than 2 million businesses are listed, so make sure yours is one of them.