This concept was initially started by our very own Toronto Local SEO expert, Dev Basu. David Mihm recently added to this list and I aim to contribute further and make the list of Canadian Local Citation Sources more complete. I cannot stress how important it is for SMB’s and SME’s to undertand and respond to the increasing local intent of searches online. In addition to being represented in the maps, it is imperative to submit your business to these local search engines which allow you to engage with your community, build social capital and eventually enhance your local optimization efforts online.
So before I go ahead and make my additions to this list, here are a few bullet points explaining WHY you ABSOLUTELY need to submit your business to these local search engines:
- Gives your business a wider platform to reach out to your target audience
- Allows you engage with your community, increase brand awareness, build trust and consumer loyalty
- Consumers can leave their feedback via reviews and recommendations
- Increases the different number of sources to which your map listing can be linked, eventually increasing your dominance over the local SERPs.
- These listings get indexed quickly, allowing you to maximize and dominate your citations in search results.
So here they are, my additions to the Canadian local citation sources. Submissions to all these local business directories are absolutely FREE! So go ahead and take advantage of this opportunity, start engaging with your community and improve the way you market your local business online.
- Praized.Com – A recent and upcoming local search engine and online social community which enables adding and reviewing local businesses and engaging with the online community by interacting through questions, comments and opinions.
- Ourbis.Com – A review based local business directory where you can promote your business using photos, descriptions etc.
- Ourfaves.Com – An interactive local city guide allowing businesses to be reviewed and shared among the local online community.
- Brownbook.Net – A local business directory that anyone can edit! Brownbook allows various customization features for your listing and it also has a bulk upload option for businesses with multiple locations.
- Findhere.Ca – Yet another Canadian local business directory with free submission and customization options along with promotion via reviews.