Local SEO is not only budget-friendly for a small business, but it offers the opportunity to connect with the most relevant customers. It is possible to achieve great local search rankings without a large SEO outlay. Whether you hire an SEO company or do it yourself, you must invest the time. Local business listings, when optimized, can quickly achieve first page exposure and will produce a superior ROI to traditional advertising.

While Google is still the dominant player in local search – and has been since the inception of Google Maps – the landscape has altered somewhat since the addition of Yahoo! and Bing, as well as many new local options such as FourSquare, Yelp, Merchant Circle, Judy’s Book, and Urban Spoon.

And Yet, Local SEO Still All Harkens Back to Google

Having an accurate and consistent representation of your business’ name, address and phone number is paramount. The importance of what local SEO’s call “NAP consistency” (Name, Address, Phone Number) cannot be overstated. While these directories can generate traffic to your site, they also serve as references or “citations” for your Google+ Local listing. If Google sees that you are listed differently (i.e. different address or phone number) across these top local directories and others, it decreases the relevancy of your business in Google’s eyes and they will not prominently list you in the search results.

Here are the top 33 47 local search directories (outside of Google) to submit your local business listing to:

  1. Yahoo Local
  2. Bing Local
  3. Yelp
  4. Localeze
  5. InfoUSA
  6. Yellow Pages
  7. City Search
  8. Super Pages
  9. Manta
  10. Insider Pages
  11. Merchant Circle
  12. Best of the Web, Free Version
  13. YellowBot
  14. YellowBook
  15. Local.com
  16. Mojo Pages
  17. EZ Local
  18. Kudzu
  19. USCity.net
  20. Tupalo
  21. Show Me Local
  22. Cylex-USA
  23. Hotfrog
  24. Locality
  25. iBegin
  26. Local Database
  27. LocalStack (formerly Local Pages)
  28. 2FindLocal
  29. MyHuckleberry
  30. Wherezit
  31. Thumbtack
  32. MyLocally
  33. Chamber of Commerce
  34. Brownbook.net
  35. Judy’s Book
  36. HERE
  37. TomTom
  38. WhereTo
  39. Yalwa
  40. YaSabe
  41. Foursquare
  42. CitySquares
  43. MyLocalServices.com
  44. Latinos.us
  45. N49
  46. Navmii
  47. Opendi

Article updated April 30, 2017

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