One of the first steps to becoming relevant online is taking control of your online profile. In other words making sure that your business is being represented properly with your business name, address, phone number, and other pertinent details.
There are hundreds if not thousands of directories and websites that allow business owners to list their information. Most of us recognize Google My Business (Google+), Yahoo Local, and Bing Local just to name a few.
The reason for including your business on these sites is to attract more business, and improve your local online presence. There is no magic number of places to list your business, in fact the more places you can be found the better.
DO I NEED TO CLAIM & VERIFY MY LISTINGS?
YES! Most major search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing) recommend claiming and
verifying your business with them. As Google puts it,
Verifying your listings with the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing) gives authority to your business, and makes it eligible to be found on maps, mobile devices, and desktop. We have found that verifying your listings greatly correlates to how visible you are online.
Rest easy! That’s what we’re here for. In addition to submitting your business to numerous online directories, we also help you verify and optimize your Google, Yahoo, and Bing listings. Sometimes the verification process is frustrating and confusing, but our highly trained verification specialists guide you through the process.
There is a good chance that you have already worked with our team to complete the verification process and are reaping the benefits of doing so. Unfortunately on some occasions there are duplicate listings that need to be fixed, or re-verification is needed for any number of reasons. If any of these situations arise, our team is here to help you through the process of optimizing your verified accounts and/or re-verifying listings as needed. We are constantly monitoring the status of your listings and if any new verification issues arise, a team member will reach out to you immediately.