In today’s competitive world it is crucial for small businesses to have a consistent web presence. However, just starting up a new website is hardly enough. Your website has to get found by potential customers. For that reason you will need to get listed not only on search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing, but also on business directories.

Getting listed online helps build your reputation as customers can see your physical location. The websites listed below will help increase your website traffic. Users can find your business listed in reputable public directories.

Links from reputable directories can also help increase your business position in search engines like Google, Yahoo etc. Too many links though, can have an adverse effect.

Below you will find the top five, a fantastic start for any new or existing small business.

 

Google Places for Business

More people search for businesses online than anywhere else. It’s important to make sure your local business listing can be easily found on Google.com and Google Maps. With Google Places, creating a great listing takes just a few minutes and doesn’t cost a thing.

 

Yelp

Yelp aims to connect people with great local businesses and Yelp Business Accounts allow businesses to share information with the Yelp Community. Simply put, it’s word of mouth — amplified.

Over 117 million people visited Yelp in Q3 2013 to make spending decisions. Yelp helps businesses get the most out of their online presence, Yelp Business Accounts also offer a suite of FREE tools for businesses.

 

Yahoo Local UK

The business listings on Yahoo UK are managed by their partner company Infoserve.

Use the link below and send your UK business details to Infoserve. The estimated time for your business listings to show up on Yahoo UK search is about eight weeks.

 

Foursquare UK

FourSquare has shifted its reputation from being just a check-in app to being a recommendation engine in mobile social circles. It hired its first UK employee (former Google staffer, Omid Ashtari) at the beginning of 2012. According to Ashtari, over 750,000 UK businesses have claimed their businesses on FourSquare.

Foursquare helps users find the perfect places to go with friends. Discover the best food, nightlife, and entertainment in your area, a fantastic place to get your small business listed.

 

Yell.com UK Business Listings

Yell is the Yellow Pages for UK businesses and it has a very high traffic estimate. This makes a listing on Yell.com prime real estate for your UK business. It can help you be found by customers searching for local small businesses and services from across the UK.

 

 

 

Author: Jonathan Lawton

With almost a decade’s experience of successfully, supporting, designing and delivering innovative web development projects worldwide I now focus on providing leadership to help customers shape business and technology strategy.

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