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What is Citation Building?
Local citations are multiple consistent mentions of your business information on website directories and other properties found on the internet. Search engines such as Google use these mentions as a trust signal and consistent NAP citations of your business will help you to rank higher within local search results.
With our Citation Building service, we manually submit your business info to trusted local business directories to ensure that accurate and consistent data relating to your business can be found easily online. Citation services are particularly beneficial for local businesses with a physical location who are looking to improve their local SEO.
1. 100% Manual Submissions
Once we have received your order, our production team will review your business details and start the submission process. We’ll aim to complete most submissions to business directories in the target country specified within your order.
2. No Duplicates
Our production team will check for existing citations to avoid duplication. If your old listing is inaccurate we’ll create a new one based on the new information you have submitted to us for greater NAP accuracy.
3. Full Submission Report
You’ll get to see every single citation we have created by viewing your submission report in your dashboard. Your white label unbranded report will include live listings and screenshots of submissions.
All citations are completed by hand by our expert team for complete accuracy.
We include all NAP information to help with local SEO.
All directories are indexed in search engines at the time of submission.
We’ll target country specific directories for greater local accuracy.
We’ll screenshot every citation which you can download in a report.
We pride ourselves on offering the most scalable and cost-effective citation building service, which is why agencies switch to us every day. In fact, we believe in our service that much that we’re prepared to make your first order completely risk free. Place your first order for local citations and if you’re not totally satisfied, we’ll give you all of your money back and still remove any citations. No questions asked, no hard feelings.
Joe Taylor, Co-Founder
How does citation building help with local SEO?
Local citation building is great for local rankings because it helps to ensure that consistent data relating to your business can be found across the internet. Having accurate business information spread across a magnitude of business directories and local business listings help to ensure that internet users will be able to find your business when completing local searches.
How important is NAP data for local SEO?
If your website doesn’t seem authentic to search engine bots, you won’t be prioritised in the SERPs. Consistent NAP data (name, address and phone number) boost legitimacy and improves your online visibility for local searches.
What information do I need to provide?
For this service, we require all of your basic business information such as your business Name, Address and Phone Number. We also need your website URL and a short description summarising your business. You must provide this information so that we can ensure that your NAP data is consistent and accurate.
Will all citations include NAP information?
Yes, when placing your order you’ll be requested to complete all the fields we require for constant NAP information and we’ll submit it exactly as you order.
What if my business is already listed in a directory?
Our production team ensures that we’ll never duplicate citation listings by checking for your business details in each directory before we submit them. Sometimes your business will already have listings in some of the 100 directories on our approved list. If this is the case, as part of our local citation service, we’ll provide a partial refund for the amount we can’t do.
Will I be able to see all of my listings once complete?
Yes. Our citation building team will screenshot every single local directory submission at the final stage so you have peace of mind knowing your citation has been submitted. This report will be accessible from the order in your dashboard and you can download an unbranded white label CSV report
How many submissions will result in live placements?
Upon completion, you can expect around 25% of the local directory submissions to result in instant live listings. Different business directories will have different rules regarding acceptance and you may be subject to a longer review process which may also include the directory verifying business details with the owners via phone, email, or letter. This will of course increase the length of time a placement may get accepted and will also require the full cooperation of the business owner (i.e you or your client). We simply don’t guarantee all submissions will result in a live placement because of these variables but we do provide you with a full submission report which shows screenshots of any submission that may not have resulted in an instant live placement.
What if I need to make changes to a listing, do you offer citation management?
Currently, no. We provide all the login information we used to create your listing account in your report. You can then access and make any changes you need to.
Which countries do you offer citation building in?
We can build citations in the UK, US, Australia, and Canada.
Do the directories require approval?
Some directories will probably want to verify your listing by calling your business number or emailing your email account at a later date. These submissions are usually the ones that are not instantly approved. For agencies, it’s advisable to let your clients know this so if they do receive a call, it’s usually simply just to verify the business exists and the information is correct about them.
How many directories will allow website links?
Not all citations allow website links (less than 50%) and the ones that do may be nofollow. The value of this service is ensuring a consistent NAP mention of your business as search engines may use this to verify the location of a business.
Are these manual listings or are you using software?
Our local citation building service is completely manual, and for websites that don’t auto accept we take a screenshot of the submission page to show the submission on your report.
What kind of business directories/websites do you submit to?
Expect sites like Yelp, FourSquare, HotFrog, Scoot, and Brownbook. See more examples above!