150 Local Citations for SEO

Local SEO for Your Business

We’ve put together a ready to use list of 150 local citations for SEO complete with sources and directories that we use for our clients. Work your way through the list, using the same information about your business at each listing location.

Allow 1-2 hours per 5 listing at the beginning and then things will pickup. If this time commitment is unreasonable or not cost effective for you we can do this work for you

If you would like to learn more about the importance of Local citations for Local SEO read here.

In addition to this list, it is also a great idea to get your name and information listed in local directories, industry specific directories, with local newspapers, with local chambers, and with local or regional blogs and websites.

Local Citation Pro Tips:

Some of these listing sites will give you ton of “almost spam” in your inbox after you get the listing confirmed. My professional suggestion is to create another email address for these listings. Something like listings@yourdomain.com a simple yahoo or gmail address will not work.

Also you don’t have to and shouldn’t post in every one of these. If you are not a hotel business then don’t post on hotels.com.

Top 150 Local Citation Directories

2Google Places (aka Google+ Local) http://www.google.com/+/business/
3Bing – Places for Businesshttps://www.bingplaces.com/
5Yahoo Directoryhttp://dir.yahoo.com/
6Yahoo Localhttp://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/local-listings/
7AOL Yellow Pageshttp://yellowpages.aol.com/
23Price Linehttp://www.priceline.com/
26Yello Wikis Wikiahttp://yellowikis.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
29Virtual Touristhttp://www.virtualtourist.com/
32Insider Pageshttp://www.insiderpages.com/
35Thumb Tackhttp://www.thumbtack.com/
46Best of the Web Localhttp://local.botw.org/
48True Localhttp://www.truelocal.com.au/
50Zoom Infohttp://www.zoominfo.com/
53Wedding Channelhttp://local.weddingchannel.com/wedding-vendors
55Judy’s Bookhttp://www.judysbook.com/
56Project Weddinghttp://www.projectwedding.com/vendor/reviews
57Zaba Searchhttps://www.zabasearch.com/
65Local Yodlehttp://local.yodle.com/
67Dealer Raterhttp://www.dealerrater.com/
69For Renthttps://www.forrent.com/
72Mac Raes Blue Bookhttp://www.macraesbluebook.com/
75Party Pophttp://www.partypop.com/list-your-business
79Simply Hired  https://www.simplyhired.com
84Gathering Guidehttp://www.gatheringguide.com/
87City Squareshttp://citysquares.com/
88Check Bookhttp://www.checkbook.org/
89Express Update Usahttp://www.expressupdateusa.com/
94Biz Hwyhttp://www.bizhwy.com/
96All Menushttp://www.allmenus.com/
100EZ Localhttp://ezlocal.com/
102Biz Wikihttp://www.bizwiki.com/
104Page Insiderhttp://www.pageinsider.com/
106Directory Mhttp://www.directorym.com/
109City Gridhttp://www.citygrid.com/
111eLocal Listinghttp://www.elocallisting.com/
112Local Searchhttp://www.localsearch.com/
113My Huckle Berryhttp://www.myhuckleberry.com/
114Universal Business Listinghttps://www.ubl.org/
117We Go Placeshttp://www.wegoplaces.com/
118City Starhttp://citystar.com/
120Find It Nowhttp://www.finditnow.com/
124Yello Yellohttp://www.yelloyello.com/
125Rate My Areahttp://ratemyarea.com/
129Hello Metrohttp://www.hellometro.com/
131Yellow Assistancehttp://www.yellowassistance.com/
132Zip Leafhttp://www.zipleaf.com/
133Bola Listhttp://www.bolalist.com/
135Citi Servihttp://www.citiservi.com/
138Rank Spherehttp://www.ranksphere.com/
139Best Service Placehttp://bestserviceplace.com/
140Local Search Lighthttp://www.localsearchlight.com/
142My Sheriffhttp://www.mysheriff.net/
145Shop Locallyhttp://www.shoplocally.com/
147Home Owners Circlehttp://homeownerscircle.com/
148I Got Bizhttp://igotbiz.com/

150 local SEO citation sites can be overwhelming at first, however we’ve made it easy for you by sorting the list based on Authority

If you’re interested in professional help with your search results for Local Listings and personalized search engine optimization check out our Local SEO Service or Talk to Us about your challenges and business goals.

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Local SEO for Your Business

Local SEO for Your Business

How Citations Improve your Local Search Rankings

In what follows we will first discuss Local SEO proper and it’s importance for your business.

From this point I’ll discuss how citations fit into that strategy and finally I’ll give you a quick solution for the citation problem. You can jump to the end here.

Let’s talk SEO, search engine optimization, and how to build your local presence on Google and the SERPS.  A big part of off page SEO is still backlinks and it’s important to get some naturally.  Don’t pay for your links this can give you a penalty from Google and cause you to lose rank.  It’s tempting but don’t do it.

New to link building?  Moz has a great beginners guide I don’ t have the time or resources to emulate so here’s the link.

In that article link building is defined as “the process of acquiring hyperlinks from other websites to your own.” That same article goes on to suggest that links are one important way that Google and other Search Engines decide how to rank a site.  Generally, the thought is that more links and better quality links are important for ranking

The importance of Local Citations for your business

Local SEO and the Importance of Citations

I agree that link building and link acquisition is important for business and thus I encourage you as a website owner to work hard to produce content that will be linked. However, today I want to focus on link building for local SEO and namely local citations.

This is a Real non-Rhetorical Question:

Do you ever find yourself wondering about your competitors and why they are ranking for local key words and on Google Maps higher than you? 

If so the quick answer lies in something called a local citation aka a business citation or sometimes called a business directory listing.

Essentially a local citation is made up of one of the following:

  • Company name.
  • Company name & phone number.
  • Company name, phone number, & address.
  • Company name, phone number, address, & website.
  • Company name & website.
  • Company phone number.
  • And so on.

When you think of Local Citations think NAP:

  • Name
  • Address
  • phone number

Darren Shaw of Whitespark.ca has a nice summary of What a Local Citation is and how to get them.  https://whitespark.ca/blog/what-is-a-local-citation-for-local-seo/

While we started this local SEO discussion talking about links it’s important to note that a local citation doesn’t need a link to your site to help with your local SEO.  A citation validates and confirms your business is real and valid with or without a link.  Citations help build the following a case for verification, trust and prominence.

Local SEO citations

Why your Business should Care about Local Citations

Google and other Search Engines like Bing “read” these third party business directories and listing sites (the one’s that hold local citations) and take the data into account when determining which business/website to show for Geo-targeted searches. 

Simply put Local Citations will help you to gain ground on your competitors in the Local Rankings.

Local SEO Action Items

The list of local citation and business directories is huge with literally 1000’s of niche directories.  How should you attack the list?

You have two general options: do it yourself or hire someone to do it.

Two General Options

DIY Local SEO Citation Option:

This option is definitely cost effective.  However, it’s like all things that are repetitive and boring—time consuming.  You must ask yourself if your time is worth more to you than the amount of hours it will take to submit individually to each list.

Sure you can hire a virtual assistant or someone online, a college student, etc however, the quality of work is important here to.  Google and the Search Engines do not like it when your NAP doesn’t match.  So make sure that you check the work of VA’s and other low cost “helpers” before going all in with them.

Do it Yourself Game Plan?

If you decide to go this Do it Yourself Option I would simply set up a plan to hit 4 to 5 a day for 30 days or 60 or whatever.  Create a scheduled time each day to do the work. Sit back and do it.

In my experience expect each 4 to 5 listings to take around 1 to 2 hours at first.

Hire or Outsource the Local Citations

Here at Green Thoughts Consulting building local citations is part of the Search Engine Optimization we do daily for clients.  

If you are interested discussing that get in touch with us today.

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Finally, we have put together a list of 150 of the best and highest quality business directory listings for your convenience. Enjoy.

You can find the list here.

Is Your DIY Website Design Causing You Problems with SEO?

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The most commonly discussed element in SEO is backlinks. For a long time, backlinks were the central feature of SEO, determining whether your website design would achieve top rankings. Backlinks are still a crucial factor in the process, but there are other parts that play a key role. How does a DYI Website Design stand up against a Custom Web Design?

On-page optimization has grown in importance in recent years, with a negative user experience damaging any chances of long-term success. If your website has not been optimized properly, Google can detect this both through their crawling and the response of searchers who visit your pages. So, what are the website factors you need to consider for effective SEO?  Want more info on On-Page Optimization?


Website loading speed is not as commonly discussed as it should be. The time it takes for a page to load has a huge impact on reported user experience, with a matter of seconds between a positive and negative impression. Google have a page speed tool for testing loading times, while there are additional alternatives helping to get a broad picture. In the result of a problem, look at image optimization, quality of hosting, and using a CDN like Cloudflare.

You can check your websites speed over at GTmetrix and then check out the 6 reasons why website speed matters.

Content is King Bill Gates


The content on a page is of great importance, but it doesn’t need to be the same style in every instance. The best type of content for SEO will provide the bulk of searchers with exactly what they are looking for. This concept is called search intent.  For example, some keywords will require a detailed article that goes into a lot of depth or niches only require a step by step guide that can be short and to the point.  At the end of the day what is the traffic to your website looking for in return?  Do they want quick answers?  Or do they want to gain a deeper and thorough understanding of a specific subject.  Get to know your traffic and your target.

Other queries, though, might only require a short answer to satisfy the search query. It is helpful to use your target keyword within the title and copy, while also including related terms. Dwell time is another SEO factor, so elements like video content can help increase the time spent on site.


Mobile First vs Responsive

Google has switched to mobile-first indexing, reacting to the increasing popularity in mobile usage. If your site does not offer an optimal experience for mobile users, you will struggle to maintain a great ranking. Most modern sites will offer responsive design, so they work across all types of devices. It is important to test your site using different devices, though, and run pages through the Google Mobile-Friendly tool. A great mobile experience won’t just replicate the desktop, but will instead be catered to the mobile browsing experience.

Here at Green Thoughts Consulting we find many clients have out dated and non-mobile friendly websites.  Having a website in this state is hurting you more than you know.  It’s simple really.  How much do you make on  your average sale?  If a client ready to buy comes to your site and can’t see it due to issues with mobile etc they bounce or leave and then find a competitor.  If we can redesign your site and get you just 2-5 new customers due to the design changes and optimization what is the worth to you based on your average sale?

Test your websites mobile friendliness with Google’s very own test here.


Social media is a useful tool for promoting your website and blog content. Users might like and share your posts, leading to others seeing your content. This process can lead to greater visibility and engagement, creating backlinks for your site. The importance of social media for SEO is still debated.

However, the level of importance Google places on social links is not worth worrying about as there are plenty of indirect benefits to social promotion. The targeted backlinks you can gain on other platforms like industry blogs, often resulting from social media marketing, will play a huge role in ranking a page.

Nice post on how to use social media to promote your site.

internal and external seo links


The URL structure might seem minor, but it can have a high impact on SEO and click-through rate. Some content management systems use an awkward URL structure that isn’t optimal. These URLs might be long and feature dates or random digits to make them unique. This type of URL can negatively impact click-through rate, with the search engines lowering your ranking as a result. Various tests have shown shorter URLs are most effective, so try to use a keyword phrase that sums up the article content.

Bruce Clay has a classic post on SEO Siloing.  It’s a must read really.


Internal linking helps to pass authority around your site, increasing the rankings of certain pages. Wikipedia is the best known example of effective internal linking, with related pages helping users navigate around the site. This process also helps lower the bounce rate, avoiding a common SEO issue. Outbound links can be used to show the topical relevance of your content, with links typically going to authority sites within your industry.

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On-page optimization can play a key role in an SEO campaign. Many site owners focus exclusively on the off-page factors, attempting to gain increased numbers of backlinks. Some quick changes to the way a site is set up, along with adaptations on individual pages, can often be enough to satisfy the search engines and individual visitors. When you can offer an exceptional user experience that satisfies the point of the original search query, you stand a great chance of maintaining top rankings into the future.

More on internal and external link significance for your site and SEO.

If there’s anything we can do to  help you out on your journey and increase your Return on Investment reach out to us.