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The Ultimate List of Local Citation Sites
Written by Mike Wilton
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:07

As the search engines continue to evolve there is one element of search that continues to remain at the focal point of personalization, and that’s local. Now more than ever it’s crucial for small businesses to stand out amongst the local competition, but to get there you need to make sure the search engines know you belong. The first way to do this is to claim, optimize, and complete your local listings on the big 3.

List of local citation sites

The next step is to begin gaining local citations that not only work to help search engines identify where you are located, but also to help drive external reviews and ratings. To help get the ball rolling I have put together and essential list of nearly 100 local citations sites that you can begin submitting your small business to in order to give it a boost in it’s local citation profile. (download the entire list in a spreadsheet at the end of the post)


While this may seem overwhelming at first, it’s important to recognize that by no means should you complete all of these in one sitting. Like link building for SEO it’s good to build up slowly over time. After claiming your local listings on the big three, you can then branch out and do a handful of these at a time. I personally shoot for the big players in the local search ecosystem a month or so after claiming the core business listings. Then from there I do a handful more each month.

As you work through this list, or any list of local citations sites, it’s important to remember that keeping your NAP information consistent is crucial. I personally open the claimed Google Places listing for the business I am working with and work directly from that so as not to mess up any of the information associated with the business. The slightest deviation can be costly in that it may not count as a citation and in many instances may cause the search engines or other local portals to generate duplicate listings for your business.

The list of citations sources above is compromised of general local portals, as you work through this list be sure to integrate niche specific sites as well. For instance in the medical field some of the key players are sites like Vitals.com or HealthGrades.com. Once you’ve exhausted this list you can turn to tools like Whitesparks Local Citation finder or simply run queries like [“Your Street Address” -site:yourdomain] to find potential new opportunities to list your local business information.


BONUS; we put them all into a handy spreadsheet which you can download here

Mike Wilton -

Mike Wilton is an Orange County SEO that has been involved with various facets of internet marketing for over five years, most recently as the Internet Marketing Manager for a medical marketing company. Mike specializes in SEO, Social Media, and Local Search Optimization services.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2011 14:05
 

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+4 #1 Adam Humphreys 2011-10-26 13:46
Wow, nice going Mike! Great content as always. Time to put this to work :lol:
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+1 #2 Barry Adams 2011-10-26 13:50
Great list Mike. However it does seem to be a bit North America centred. Would be good if we could get similar lists for local citations in the UK and other European countries. Might have to compile one of those myself. :)
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0 #3 Ryan 2011-10-26 13:51
That is the ultimate list alright. I'm sure my local seo clients will be happy.
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0 #4 David Harry 2011-10-26 14:32
Yea Barry, somebody mentioned that on FB as well. We're deffo gonna have to get one together for the UK etc... For now, here's a lead I was passed; http://www.blogstorm.co.uk/how-to-rank-higher-in-google-places-local-in-the-uk/
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+1 #5 Jey Pandian 2011-10-26 15:27
Great list as well Mike. I'm using it today. Thank you :)
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0 #6 Charles 2011-10-26 16:00
Barry, try adding your biz info to the data providers in your location. In example there is a link near the footer on http://www.localdatacompany.com/ that you you can use to add your biz.

Populating data providers is faster than pooring over long lists, many of which get their data from a common data provider anyhow.
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0 #7 Jeremy Rivera 2011-10-26 21:34
Great stuff!
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0 #8 Jeremy Rivera 2011-10-26 21:36
Don't forget to grab Auto-complete extension or roboform type service to help speed submissions!
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0 #9 Jeremy Rivera 2011-10-26 22:01
err..how do you get a "listing" on brightkite?
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0 #10 Jeremy Rivera 2011-10-26 22:52
Does Dream Local actually have a directory? They appear to just be a social/local service
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0 #11 Clif 2011-10-26 23:02
Whew! Great work compiling the exhaustive list. Nice to see a bunch of new ones I never knew existed...well, I'm off to set up some accounts now...
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+1 #12 Alex Juel 2011-10-27 02:36
You can also use Local Search Toolkit to find more places to get citations - http://www.localsearchtoolkit.com/
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+1 #13 Jonny Ross 2011-10-27 09:23
Where is the UK list? now that would be cool!! :P
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+1 #14 Neil Ferree 2011-10-27 15:54
Good list AND good advice on why its important to pay attention to detail when entering in NAP specs on each. I do the same thing as you, I make sure to copy EXACTLY the NAP data from an excel file when adding new Citations, albeit, my list was as robust as yours.
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+1 #15 Adam Steele 2011-10-27 17:21
Quoting Alex Juel:
You can also use Local Search Toolkit to find more places to get citations - http://www.localsearchtoolkit.com/


Would love if that were the case - been waiting on my last run for 6+ days : ( Seems to be the norm.

Yes to UK list. Once I get to about 50, the authority really starts to thin.

Thanks Mike!!
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+1 #16 Roger 2011-10-27 17:29
Or you could just drop 5 bucks and have someone at fiver get you highly targeted citations http://fiverr.com/whodoesdo/send-you-your-top-3-competitors-local-citations which I would think would be even better!
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+1 #17 Steph Woods 2011-10-27 19:56
Sweet list Mike!
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0 #18 Jason Weaver 2011-10-27 20:58
goo.gl/TNbiE is my Google Doc template and what I use to track my listings. You can copy it if you want. I love this post but it doesn't include the links right to the sign up pages. Those can be hard to find. I've tried in include a few on my worksheet.
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0 #19 Jeremy Rivera 2011-10-27 21:34
FYI: Geodelic doesn't have a local directory
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+1 #20 John Aquino 2011-10-30 07:39
:-|
Company.com and Matchpoint is the same right? Also praized now rebuilt and now it is needium.com
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