Why List Your Company with Local Business Directories?
As a local business, attracting new customers can be a major challenge. Do you still go to the Yellow Pages to find local businesses? Probably not. Today, people have turned to the Internet for finding local businesses in the area via a variety of sources.
One of the best ways local businesses can get found online is by adding their company to the top online business directories. Claiming or adding a listing to these online directories is relatively simply, but if you only list in a few, you’re really missing a huge opportunity to get found by interested customers looking for what you have to offer.
Every individual directory that you submit to is another chance to increase your odds of getting discovered online,
with or without good SEO on your website. That said, it’s important to make sure you’re listed in every directory possible. Furthermore, it’s equally as important to take your time to write a good listing with keywords people are searching for.
I work with a lot of people that have home based businesses, but even those can benefit from having their listings online. Health and Wellness companies have a place for healthy foods right? So does skin care products, cell phone service, satellite systems, virtual travel agencies and many more.
Should You List Your MLM with Local Business Directories?
One hard fact though, square between the eyes, if your website is a hyped up MLM, don’t even bother reading this page. I know I’m tired, and quite frankly the entire planet should be, of people pitching gimmicks or overpriced products in the MLM world. Also, if you have a nice looking website that isn’t your MLM companies page, try using that instead. The focus should be on product, not an opportunity for these local directories.
Use your imagination, write a well written bio and description, and this little known tip can have you get some interested customers fairly quickly. The great news is that once the listings are complete, they stay there so you have a constant presence online.
Best Practices to Optimize Your Local Business Directory Listings & Save Time Getting them Done
- Save your bio and description in Word or Wordpad. Copy and Paste Them into the Listing. Brainstorm & put some effort into this and it will pay off long term. Include keywords of your niche
- Get your logo, possibly a personal picture and/or product pictures to make your listing attractive.
- Include http:// in front of your link. For example http://cellularphonesetc.com create link in the listing
- Include a product or company video when possible. I have tons of training on video marketing here.
- Put aside 30-60 minutes, in blocks if you need to, to get this done at GetListed.org. Amazing Free site that will help you get your company registered at 30 top local business directory sites. Knock it Out!
I have compiled a list of many popular local directories available on the internet. Filling out the forms over and over again can be a big pain, so here’s a link to an autofill add-on for Firefox that should help prevent carpal tunnel.
Top 50 Business Directories For Local Marketing
- Merchant Circle
- YellowPages.com or YP.com
- Discover our Town
- EZ Local
- Local Site Submit
- Yellow Assistance
- Magic Yellow
- Navteq GPS
- Judy’s Book
- Get Fave
- My Huckleberry
Making sure that you have a presence everywhere your potential customers might find you is critical to any local marketing plan. Don’t wait! You don’t have to know SEO to get results using this strategy. These are high traffic sites that are already getting tons of traffic. All you have to do is simply get plugged in!
Add your local business to these directories today! Do you have any suggestions on others you like? Let me know in the comments below and share this with other business owners you think would benefit.
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