How can people find your business online? If they’re not specifically searching for your company name, they probably won’t. If they’re using search terms that you’re not currently ranking for, they probably won’t find you. Chances are, if you don’t list your business on highly-trafficked websites, many people will never know about your business.
It can be difficult to get your website to rank for high-competition keywords. Even then, appearing on the first page of results is a challenge in itself. But there’s a solution to landing at the top of search despite these challenges. List your business on highly-trafficked review and directory websites.
Did you know? 78% of consumers search review sites to find a local business.
When you list your business online, you legitimize your business by associating it with trusted websites and positive user reviews. If you list it on the right directories and review websites, you can ensure your company appears higher in search and has the chance to appeal to your potential customers.
10 Best Places to List Your Business Online
These are the 10 best places to list your business online. Take advantage of their highly-trafficked platforms to reach your target audience!
You already know that Google is the #1 search engine by consumers, so wouldn’t it make sense to list your business here? You must create a Google+ page with your company and contact details.
Once your listing is complete, you will be able to track the insights for your page. It’s very handy!
By claiming your free business page on Yelp, you can show your business to the more than 86 million average monthly visitors to the site. That could be huge for your business!
Yelp allows you to respond to reviews as the business owner. You can also measure the activity on your page. Pay a fee to get features like video, targeted ads, removal of competitors ads, and more.
Here’s the clincher: The average business with a free Yelp Business Page earns an additional $8,000 in Yelp-attributed business annually!
Bing makes it simple to get listed online and start driving more traffic to your website. Chances are, your business is already listed there. You may just need to claim it to customize the information provided. There are 3 steps to getting listed: 1) Claim your business 2) Complete your listing 3) Verify your listing.
Bonus: Right now, Bing offers $100 in advertising credit to businesses who sign up!
Yahoo! Small Business is now Aabaco Small Business. It costs money to participate ($29.99/month). For this price, your business gets listed on 60+ sites – Yahoo, Google, Yelp, WhitePages, Bing, MapQuest, Superpages, and more. You can take advantage of the 150 million local searches on this site monthly.
There are two ways you can list your business with the Better Business Bureau. 1) Become an accredited BBB company through an application 2) Find your local BBB, go to their website, and list your business there for free.
If you’re just looking to claim the free listing, go to the link above. Click on BBB Locator to find your local BBB. Add your business to the local listings at no cost! There are paid advertising options available, so be careful when you select your option.
6. Angie’s List
This one is simple to use and navigate. Just go to the homepage and scroll down to the bottom. Click on Business Center. Now, click the Claim Your Listing button to see if there’s already a listing or if you need to create a new one.
You can customize contact information, respond to reviews, and access additional business tools. It’s all free, so it can’t hurt to list your business here!
It’s free to list your business on Merchant Circle. This website receives 100 million hits annually (not huge, but still helpful). It houses profiles for more than 1.7 million merchants and companies. You have the ability to read and respond to consumer reviews, add photos, and update your blog from the Merchant Circle website.
Search WhitePages to see if your business is already listed there. If it’s not, ExpressUpdate is the company that handles several directories, including WhitePages, YP, Aabaco, and more. Go to this link to add your business and have it show up on a variety of other sites automatically.
Search YellowPages to see if your business is already listed there. If not, just scroll down and click on Get Your Free Listing near the bottom of the page. This will carry you to the registration page where you input all your business information and categories. YellowPages is a well-known name that can help drive more customers to your business.
You can add your business listing for free here, but you’ll get the basic listing. It shows your business name, address, city/state, phone number, and links to your website. If that’s not enough for you, check out the Premium option which includes extras like adding your company logo, eye-catching colors, bumping you to the top of search listings, and more.