Even if your business sells products and services nationally (or globally), you should still reach customers in your own backyard. Today, we wrap up our week-long series about local search marketing by providing instructions for submitting your site at no cost - to business data aggregators and Internet Yellow Pages (IYPs)
What are business data aggregators? In layman s terms, they re companies that compile databases of millions of companies (and consumers). Many of these aggregators started in the direct mail days, and they ve evolved into the twenty-first century. They gather information about businesses from public records and printed Yellow Pages and resell it.
Most search engines and IYPs rely on business data aggregators to supply the core local listings that they provide. Many of these listings are pretty sparse in nature (and sometimes out of date), so they give business owners the opportunity to correct and enhance the information.
Business Data Aggregators
infoUSA: Start at Directory Assistance Plus (www.daplus.us) and use the Find a Business function to find your current listing (chances are, they ve got some information about you on file already). Print out the page with your listing, because you ll need to reference exactly how they have you listed next. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Update/Add Business text link. This will pop you over to infoUSA s site where you ll want to click the Change Business Record button. Here s where you enter your current listing and then append more details to beef up your business profile.
Amacai/Localeze: Go to www.localeze.com/manage.
Internet Yellow Pages
SuperPages: This is the granddaddy of all granddaddies you can enter tons of information here and it ll show up all over the web. Go to www.superpages.com/about/new_chg_listing.html. You ll have to have a credit card whose billing address matches the business address (for verification purposes), but they won t charge the card.
YellowPages.com: Go to www.yellowpages.com/sp/advertise and click on the Get a free listing link.
YellowBook.com: Go to www.yellowbook.com/ContactUs.
There are other IYPs out there, but most pull from each other or one of the big data aggregators. We hope this local search marketing series has provided you with the tools you need to be more visible and make more money in your own hometown.
Have you missed any other articles in our series on local search marketing? Monday we talked about why it s important for every business (even those that do business nationally) to be visible locally. Tuesday we covered a simple on-site change you can make to be found in crawler-based local engines.
Stacy Williams, search engine marketing specialist, is founder and President of Prominent Placement, Inc. With an extensive background in Internet marketing, Stacy offers her clients cutting edge solutions that are always rooted in sound marketing strategy. A member of the Technology Alliance of Georgia and the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association, Stacy is a frequent lecturer on search engine optimization and Internet marketing topics.
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