Citations for Local SEO

SEO Citations

Citations for Local SEO - MUDDLEX
Citation is an online reference to your business’s name, address and phone number (NAP). Like links to your website, Google uses them when evaluating the online authority of your business. Unlike links though, citations don’t need to be linked to your business’s website in order for you to be credited for them. So, having your NAP listed in plain text is fine.

A partial citation is one which includes only part of your NAP – maybe your name and phone number or name and address. This is better than nothing, but not as beneficial as a full citation. A full citation is one which includes your business’s complete NAP. It doesn’t matter how that information is visibly listed (horizontally or vertically), so long as it’s all there. This is an example of a full citation:

Muddlex, 34 Links Drive, United States, West Midlands, B91 2DL (0330001152)

Why Citations?


Along with links and reviews, citations are a primary factor that Google uses when deciding on which order to rank businesses in their local search results. To them, it’s logical that a business that’s mentioned a lot online deserves a higher ranking than one that’s hardly mentioned at all, especially if those mentions are on websites that are relevant in terms of location and/or topic.

Google uses citations to verify the accuracy of the contact details in their local business listings too, as listing addresses or phone numbers which are out of date, incorrect or falsified, looks bad on them and causes people to question the reliability of their search results. If exactly the same NAP is listed on 50+ different websites then it’s highly likely to be correct information, and Google can be more confident in showing that NAP to searchers.

Another reason citations are important is that, as well as helping to improve your business’s rankings in local search results, they increase general awareness of your business and provide more ways for people to find you online. The more places that your business’s NAP is listed, the higher the likelihood of people seeing it, and the more people who see it, the greater the number of people who will contact you.

From Where Can you Get Citations

It’s a common misconception that the only place to get citations is from directories – either local or industry specific ones – but that isn’t true. Directories are good places to get citations from, but blogs, forums, social media sites, etc., are too. So, don’t restrict yourself to only considering directories as citation sources. Some alternative sources for citations include:
  • Press releases
  • Article and guest post bylines
  • Question and answer sites
  • Image and video descriptions
  • Profile pages
  • Forum signatures
The best starting place for citations is directories though, with the following ones recommended for local businesses in the UK:
  1. www.yell.com
  2. www.yelp.co.uk
  3. www.192.com
  4. www.scoot.co.uk
  5. www.thomsonlocal.com
  6. www.hotfrog.co.uk
  7. www.brownbook.net
  8. www.opendi.co.uk
  9. www.cylex-uk.co.uk
  10. www.118.com
  11. www.freeindex.co.uk
  12. www.directory.independent.co.uk
  13. www.directory.thesun.co.uk
  14. www.locallife.co.uk
  15. www.touchlocal.co.uk
  16. www.uksmallbusinessdirectory.co.uk
  17. www.citylocal.co.uk
  18. www.cityvisitor.co.uk
  19. www.approvedbusiness.co.uk
  20. www.city-listings.co.uk

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