Regardless of all the hype and everything else you may have had thrown at you regarding getting found and Search Engine Optimisation, this page you should treat as the foundation for your SEO online efforts.
SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is a very general term these days, but in reality to get results you need a mixture of …
a well constructed website to enable the search engines to flow through your website and gather your information
good on-page SEO to clearly define the keyword phrases you’re wanting to be found for
good unique content on your web pages that offers knowledge, elements of interest, and clearly displays that your business is not only good at what you do, but also that you know what you are talking about
good reputation, where Google (and everybody else) can see that you are who you say you are
a strong local involvement which will enable Google to push you forward when your keyword phrases are being searched for especially in your local area
a social involvement to enable people who are interested in your products and services to be able to connect to you easily
media advertising like your own channel on YouTube or press releases promoting your business and other media forms, all designed to put your products and/or services in front of people who are actually looking for what you have
a stamp of authority to build your status to be seen as an authority in your industry or field of endeavour by having related “outside” sites linking to you without you linking to them. The more related sites of “good standing” that link to your site (or talk about your business) the stronger an authority you become
being news worthy, where you are providing regular content that talks about your business, products, services, events, or related industry news
By listing your business in the following local business directories, using the same correct up to date contact information, will go a long way to elevating your business in the following elements of the equation …
a strong local involvement
a stamp of authority
NOTE: To every upside there can be a downside. All the directories below allow FREE advertising/listings, but be warned, some of them will come back to you and want to upgrade you to PAID membership, or they will want to sell you services they provide. You are not obligated to buy anything, and we highly recommend you should choose who you want to work with in these areas based on trust and knowledge. Hey, that’s business. BUT THERE ARE FAR MORE UPSIDES TO THIS EXERCISE, THESE LISTINGS WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN GETTING YOU FOUND.
HELPFUL TIPS WORTH CONSIDERING…
After you do your initial listing in each directory, and you have activated your account, we highly recommend you go back into your listing and ADD as many features as is allowed to enhance your listing.
This includes images, video, facebook, reviews etc.. all of these will help you get ranked.
We also recommend you get into all of these local directories, THEN go to the BIG KAHUNAS, Google, Yahoo and Bing, that way when you do them they will reach out and find all these other references to your business and that my friend will give you much more clout!
The BIG 3 directories are at the end of this page.
There are a lot more you can add your business to, but what we have listed here will accept your listing regardless of what area your business is in, and they will accept a FREE listing. You will also be able to search Google and find Business Directories specific to your area or type of business if you want, but if you list in the directories we have listed here, this will give you a jump start on targeted links to your website. We want your business to succeed online!