Business listing in top directories can provide a significant boost to a website. The online world refers to these business listings as Citations, a vote of trust to the business that are listed. However, finding business listings that matter can be difficult.
Let us share a few good listings and the expose what a business listing looks like and hopefully you can replicate what you see.

Yellow Pages
We start with one of the most important listings This listing will instantly provide trust to your website and be indexed by most search engines on it’s own. Here is our listing We keep the business information consistent and the description relevant to our product offering. You’ll see the business contact info, as you will see with all the listings. The blue box with “visit website” will be the link to your website. It will be a nofollow link, but the anchor text will still provide diversity for your backlink keywords. The images are very key to add, you can go to your website and right click an image to copy image link. Then add them by pasting the link.

A great first few listings to place is from manta. This website has been building trust in the search engines for years. Although, you may need to push for indexing, once you have this link indexed it will stay that way. Here is our link see how manta places the business name first as a link back to your listing, the description for relevance and contact information with a link back to your website. The link back to your website is again, a nofollow link, but the branded link will still help your site.

An up and coming website for must have listings on our list elocal. This website is quickly building a massive amount of trust for the listed businesses. Here’s our listing and you can quickly notice how contact info is front and center with a nofollow link to your website and a view website anchor to your website. The best part of elocal, or at least at the time of this posting, is zero Ads are on the page! Most listings will have paid Ads on the page with your listing. This listing is one of the few that will only provide info you put on your page.

Since 2003 ibegin has been a confirmed listing provider. This means you have a chance to add more trust by confirming your listing with a phone call to a real person. This listing will lean heavy on the contact side. Here is our listing for visuals. All contact information will be provided including hyperlinks to your facebook and twitter pages. Your website will not have a hyperlink, but we’ve done testing and concluded that it doesn’t matter if the hyperlink is active or not. The search engines still see it as a link.

Another good local citation to add is from 2findlocal. This website is like to listing sites above with good contact info and links. This listing will provide a subdomain listing, here is our link with 2fl. Now you can claim a business, but it will cost $19.95 to do it. Your free listing will not have a link to your website, but the listing is still good.

A great listing to have in your citation portfolio is from This is another subdomain listing that can be claimed for verification. Our listing is and as most listings, we get contact listing with a nofollow naked url link back to our website and content we can add to it.

There you have it, our good websites to get a business listing citation. Hopefully, we can add to this list to better serve you in your search engine marketing efforts.