Free and low-cost business listing sites
Many are taking advantage of free and low-cost business listing sites. The popularity of top sites change, so reviewing them every six months to see which are being used most frequently is a good idea. The top ten for 2011, according to my research, are listed below.
Take your time to write a professional listing
Business listings that grab customers are those that are clear and well written. While it may take some time to navigate and update your listing on each one, writing one a week will have you finished in no time. And, write well. A poorly written listing will reflect on your business. So create a great listing, and take advantage of this free and low-cost advertising.
- Google Local – If you haven’t done so, open a Google account and verify your Google Local Business Listing. Your business will then show up on map searches. This site helps push your business to the top of local searches in the Google search.
- Merchant Circle – This is an often used, well-optimized business listing site.
- Insider Pages – This listing site is part of CityGrid Media which owns sites like Ask.com, CitySearch.com, SuperPages.com, UrbanSpoon.com, and other popular directory sites.
- Yelp - Yelp is one of the largest and best known business listing sites on the web. Return to this site regularly to check for negative reviews.
- Super Pages – This, like Insider Pages, is a CityGrid Media site.
- City Search – This site is also a CityGrid Media site.
- Yahoo Local – This gets your listing in front of those using Yahoo as a primary search engine.
- Bing Local – This site gets your information out on MSN.
- MainStreetChamber – This, while not well known, is a growing site.