51 Free High-Ranking Local Business Citations

LAST UPDATED: March 29, 2016

If search engines were the pretty girls back in high school, consider citations to be the muscle car to getting noticed.

A citation is a mention of your business name, phone number, address, and website across the web (e.g. a yellow pages directory).

Google, Bing, and Yahoo! are search engines that track the quantity and quality of citations when determining the ranking of a particular business.

Essentially, the more exposure a business receives from high-quality websites and directories, the higher it will rank in local online search.

Translation: more people looking for your products and services will land on your website.

Aside from Facebook, Twitter, and other social profiles you should already be utilizing, I have compiled a list of the 51 best, high-ranking local business citations. All for free, of course!

Important Ranking Factors to Consider

Ford Mustang

Sometimes you need to visualize how much “detail” you should put into your citations.

This Ford Mustang is guaranteed to “pick up” attention among search engines.

Car puns aside, consider these 3 aspects when filling out citations.

Domain Authority

DA stands for “Domain Authority,” a metric developed by Moz that measures how well a website will rank on search engines.

Based on a 100-point scale, a site with a high DA is considered to have a stronger chance of ranking higher in the search engine results than a site with a low DA score.

Domain Authority is calculated by numerous aspects, but one of its driving factors is the number of quality backlinks pointing to your website.

Keep in mind that DA comes from quality linked content, so a low DA score does not necessarily equate to a low ranking.

Your DA score may even fluctuate up or down, for example, because quality backlinks have been removed or search engines are not crawling through your site as often due to the lack of rich, relevant content.

In this case, compile the domain authority of your competitors and industry leaders using the MozBar, then assess if the impact of these changes were widespread or not.

N.A.P. Information

Maybe you want to “drive” search engines back to your place.

Or rather, you want to show Google, Bing, and Yahoo! that your business online is legitimate.

By inaccurately listing your business address across many, different citations, your site becomes less visible in the local search results.

When filling out citations, use the exact N.A.P. – name, address, phone number – information found on your website.

Instead of listing multiple call tracking phone numbers, use your primary contact number for the best search results.

You can use also SEO tools like Moz Local or BrightLocal to efficiently manage your citations.

Business Categories

Choosing your business categories is one of the most essential yet overlooked practices when building citations.

If people are searching for “business consulting” or “occupational therapy,” and your business is not targeted for these categories, then your site is not visible to all the customers you are trying to reach.

Preferably, you want to select 5 relevant business categories with the first 3 categories being spot-on.

List of Free, High-Ranking Citations

Back to our muscle car analogy, search engines have a wide interest in cars.

And to get noticed, you need the best citations!

Below are 51 citations with a DA of 40 and higher.

What also brings value to these sites is that they are easy to claim and update, in case you move to a different location or want to add more relevant information.

Along with the types of directories these citations are tailored to, the sign-up column states whether or not you will need to create an account under this site.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines – ready, set, GO!

Citation Name DA Niche Region Sign-Up
Google My Business 100 General Global
Facebook 100 General Global
Pinterest 100 General Global
Linkedin 99 Business/Finance Global
Bing 96 General Global
Yelp 93 General Global
TripAdvisor 93 Travel/Tourism Global
Houzz 90 Contractors Global
YellowPages 89 General USA
Foursquare 87  General Global
CrunchBase 85 Business/Finance Global
Angie’s List 85 General Global
Thumbtack 83 Contractors USA
Avvo 80 Legal USA
Lanyrd 80 Events USA
Kudzu 71 General USA
BOTW 70 General Global
Zomato 70 Restaurant Global
InsiderPages 68 General USA
HG 67 Legal USA
Hotfrog 67 General USA
YellowBot 65 General USA
Spoke 59 Business/Finance USA
TradeKey 59 General Global
Gogobot 58 Travel/Tourism Global
Tupalo 57 General Global
SoMuch 54 General Global
Jayde 54 General Global
JustLanded 54 General Global
Brownbook 54 General Global
Restaurants 51 Restaurant Global
DiscoverOurTown 50 General USA
CitySquares 50 General USA
Where2Go 50 General Global
EZLocal 49 General USA
CitySlick 46 General USA
Cortera 46 General USA
Fixr 46 Contractors USA
Cylex 45 General USA
GoLocal247 45 General USA
Wand 45 General Global
BizHWY 43 General USA
Opendi 42 General USA
Lacartes 42 General USA
ChiefMall 42 Contractors USA
SaleSpider 42 General USA
YaSabe 42 General Global
PinBud 42 General Global
MyHuckleberry 41 General USA
Trivok 41 General USA
Hubbiz 40 General USA

Bonus: 5 Business Citation Tips

Here are some SEO recommendations to follow when building citations:

  • Fill out as much information as possible
  • Write unique business descriptions that describe your history, niche, products and services
  • Be 100% consistent with your NAP information
  • Use a spreadsheet to track your login information
  • Revise old listings and delete duplicates

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