Google Local Optimization DIY Kit – Part 1

Part 1 of setting up Google Places/optimizing for Google local search is to make sure the Name, Address, and Phone Number you use are consistent in as many places as possible. Below is a table of quick links which will take you directly to some of the sites considered most important for covering the vast majority of the web. Check each of the sites for consistency against your main Google Places listing, and if you don’t have a listing on some of these sites, now is the time to create one!

With each site, simply click on the link and follow the instructions to add your business listing to their site (including your consistent Name, Address, and Phone Number). In many cases, these sites will ask you to first check and see if you have a listing on their site already, and if so, to correct it.

IMPORTANT: You can do only a few of these or ALL of them. It is your choice. The more you do, the more notice (and LOCAL love) you will get from Google. Once you have completed this step, make sure that you have signed up profiles in Yahoo, Google + Local and other social media profiles ALL of which link to your site(s).

QUICK TIP: To speed this process, use AUTOFILL or AUTOCOMPLETE in your browsers!

This process of adding your business listing to these sites can take some time to work through, but it will be WELL worth it!

Here are the basic places you need to be listed:

 

yahoo Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 yellowbook Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 whitepages Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 superpages Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 yelp Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 foursquare Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1

 

Then do more LOCAL Optimization with these:

 

mapquest Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 local Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 citysearch Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 crisket Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 localdatabase Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 merchantcircle Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1

 

The Next Level: Do these:

 

ziplocal Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 yellowmoxie Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 tupalo Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 yellowise Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 navmii Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 showmelocal Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1

 

And more sites to add. These are next:

 

citysquares Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 getfave Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 mojopages Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1 manta Google Local Optimization DIY Kit   Part 1

Awesome.

Whether you got them all or just a few, you’ve gotten started. The truth is that there are more and they change and we will be adding / changing them as needed. If you only managed a few, remember to come back and add as you have time, because more is better!! If you got them all, come back to this page periodically, as we will be adding more sites as time goes by.

Comments

  1. Ben Fisher says:

    Great tips Eric. I recently moved companies so I need to go back through all of these to correct them. Seeing wayyy too many local results in the SERPs right now.

  2. Lisa Lambert says:

    Eric – Terrific tips on improving local SEO and complimenting website SEO. Like Ben I am seeing more and more local results in SERPs for terms that previously didn’t show mapping results.

  3. Jolenta Averill says:

    Excellent specific/detailed advice, Eric. Thanks for lighting a fire! :D

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