Importance of Local Free Online Business Listings
Those who are already experts when it comes to Search Engine Optimization or SEO know that local free online business listings are very important whether for small and medium businesses which are focused on a specific region.
Including your business’ link to different free online business listings will more often than not assure you of a higher targeted traffic rating to your business website. In addition, this will also help the overall ranking of your website in search engines. Usually, top-rated search engines like Bing, Yahoo and Google rank websites depending on the popularity of their link and other factors as well.
Before, we are all aware that the three different types of directories are Yellow Pages, Regional Directories and Specific Industry Directories. The Yellow Pages were used most of the time by small businesses because the only thing that these businesses need to have is a business phone line. However, when the popularity of the internet became unbearable, people realized that using Yellow Pages for business advertisements is starting to become ineffective. The second option on the other hand basically became useful for those people looking for new suppliers. The third option which is the Specific Industry Directories was published most of the time through an industry association; plus, one business needs to qualify for a membership privilege first.
However, because of the development of technology, these three types of directories that first existed can now be found online through the use of the internet. As a matter of fact, when a person searches for ‘local business directory’ in Google, it amazingly returns over 180 million results instantly. On the other hand, if you want to locate local business directories in your city, you can just type in the search box ‘directory’ and whatever the name of your city is. Now your role is to submit your link to the first three or four directories that show up first in your search results. It is advisable for you to search on the three biggest search engines available today which are Bing, Yahoo and Google. For your information also, the best method that you can use to submit your links is manual. You probably know by now that there are a lot of services available online that will automatically submit your links to different directories, however many people also got banned already because of using it. In terms of your website, you should make sure that it is not under construction. You must also make sure that there are no broken links in it, plus links to adult sites containing pornography. Lastly, you should ensure that the contents of your website are all in the English language.
You will notice that your link will appear on specific local business directories only after a couple of weeks since you have submitted it. However, there are some free directories online that take up to six months before they can finally list your link only because the links are reviewed manually by an actual person. The point is, you really have to be patient when it comes to making other people know about your site through these free online business listings because, in the end, everything will be worth it.