Claim and update these 7 sites and improve your local online business listings TODAY!

 

With everything, you need to do online today to improve your chances of being found it can become an overwhelming task.

I mean where do you start… what’s going to make the most impact and how often does this need to be done…?!

 

We suggest you start by claiming your local listings on the 7 platforms we suggest below.

This will allow you to control what information and images are shown to potential customers. AND…. it’s FREE!

 

 

Now as you dive in you will find in some cases, the listing may already exist, and it’s just a matter of claiming the page as the owner and updating it with your specific information.

 

So what’s the difference between updating and claiming?

Well, updating means you’ve created an account and just need to add new information to the page.

 

Claiming means that a page for your business already exists, but you may not have created or set it up. This could be a Google listing as an example.

In this case, you’ll need to prove it’s your business before you can change any information. Each platform has their own way to verify you are the owner. But it’s harmless I promise:).

 

So let’s get started.

Google My Business

Google My Business, says they “connect you directly with customers, whether they’re looking for you on Search, Maps or Google+.”

 

Here’s how to claim or edit your business listing:

Click the “Get on Google” anywhere on the page, sign in to your Google account, and follow the steps to add your business information to Google.

 

 

 

 

Facebook for Business

According to Facebook, it “can help you reach all the people who matter most to your business.”

 

How to claim or edit your business listing:

If you need to claim your Business Page, click here; if you need sign up for a business page, click here.

Yelp for Business

According to Yelp, “Millions of people visit Yelp every month to find great local businesses. Help them find your business — free!”

 

How to claim or edit your business listing: 

Click here to search for your business.

If it exists, you’ll see two options: a Claim button or an Already Claimed link.

Click the option you see and either log in or set up an account to edit it.

Yellow Pages

According to YellowPages, they “will not only get you online but can also help you get found, drive leads and expand your reach.”

 

How to claim or edit your business listing: 

Click here to go through the steps for updating your business details.

 

 

 

Yahoo Local

According to Yahoo, they are “a comprehensive business directory complete with ratings and reviews, maps, events and more.”

 

How to claim or edit your business listing:

Scroll down this page to “Try Local Basic Listing for free” and click “Sign Up.”

Then, update your business contact information including address, phone number, and URL.

You don’t need to pay for this service.

Bing Places for Business

According to Bing,”Places for Business is a Bing portal that enables business owners to add a listing for their business on Bing.”

 

How to claim or edit your business listing: 

Chances are, Bing already has listings for your business. Click here to claim them.

 

 

Foursquare for Business

According to Foursquare, “Over 50 million people use Foursquare to discover great businesses and share what they love about them with others.

Join the nearly 2 million businesses who are already taking advantage of Foursquare to join the conversation and grow their business.”

 

How to claim or edit your business listing:

Start by searching for your business, then select your listing.

If you don’t see your business, click the link at the bottom of the page to add it. Click here to manage your listing.

Now make sure you are including as much information as you can about your product and/or service. Take a look at our list below to get you started.

 

Have the following answers available so you can complete each one of the above sites with the same details.

Remember we want to keep the information about your product and/or service consistent which will help with SEO (search engine optimization) efforts.

  • Business name
  • Address (city, state, zip)
  • Main phone number
  • Website
  • Business hours
  • A description of your business or service, minimum of 250 characters.
  • Business categories
  • Logo and pictures
  • Social profiles/links
  • Testimonies and/or reviews

 

Keep a document of each listing so you can duplicate it exactly.

 

Regularly check your listings and update your information, at least once a quarter if possible. Remember the web is dynamic and constantly changing.

You want to make sure you stay as current and competitive as possible.

Don’t forget to keep images of your business current and compelling to draw in prospects and customers.

 

Bonus Tip! If you’re a brick-and-mortar business, encourage people to “check in” and write a review by displaying a sign in your business window that states the sites in which you’re listed.

 

This is super simple to do. Also, many of the sites above have made it easy for customers to write reviews without having to ‘sign-up’ or create an account past what they are already using. Remember it’s free and worth a ton to your brand and reputation online!

Source: This topic was inspired by VerticalResponse.com