As a local business, attracting new customers can be a major challenge. Quickly disappearing are the days when people go to the Yellow Pages to find local businesses. Today, people are turning to the internet as a way to find trusted business recommendations.
One way local businesses can get found is through inclusion in online directories. Adding a listing to these online directories is easy, but if you only list in a few, you're really missing a huge opportunity to get found by online searchers.
Every individual directory that you submit to is another chance to get found online, so it's important to make sure you're listed in every directory possible. I have compiled a list of many popular local directories available on the internet. Filling out the forms over and over again can be a big pain, so here's a link to an autofill add-on for Firefox that should help prevent carpal tunnel.
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50 Online Local Business Directories/Listings for Local Marketing
- Better Business Bureau
- Angie's List
- Merchant Circle
- Dex Media
- Discover Our Town
- EZ Local
- Local Site Submit
- Get Fave
- My Huckleberry
- Magic Yellow
- Map Creator
- Judy's Book
- Home Advisor
Making sure that you have a presence everywhere your potential customers might find you is critical to any local marketing plan. Don't wait! Add your local business to these directories today! Are there any local directories I missed? Let me know in the comments below!
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2012 and has been updated for accuracy.