As seen in the Local Search Ranking Factors of 2013, seven of the 83 high-priority ranking factors have to do with citations. And five of the top 20 local search ranking factors have to do with structured citations (IYPs, data aggregators) and citations from locally- and industry-relevant domains.

Three Trusted Sources of Top Citation Sites

To help you get your business (or your SEO clients) on the top citation sites, I have a list here of the top 70 citations sites for local SEO. I drew my information from three expert sources: (1) Darren Shaw’s presentation called How to Not Suck at Local SEO, (2) Myles Anderson’s post on the BrightLocal Blog called Top 50 local citation sites – US, UK, Canada & Australia, and (3) Andrew Shotland’s post on his Local SEO Guide The Definitive Top 10 Local Citation Sources for SEO! Each list has a lot of the same citation sites as the next man, but there are some differences between each list. And, since I don’t believe in there being a perfect list out there, I decided to combine the research results of these three wise [local search] men to create a a top-70 list of sites to get structured citations on. Here they are:

The Top 70

  1. InfoGroup ExpressUpdate
  2. Neustar Localeze
  3. Acxiom
  4. Factual
  5. Dun & Bradstreet
  6. Citysearch
  7. Bing Places
  8. Yelp
  9. Facebook
  10. Yellowpages
  11. Yahoo! Local
  12. Superpages
  13. Local.com
  14. Foursquare
  15. Chamberofcommerce
  16. Yellowbot
  17. Yellowbook
  18. Kudzu
  19. Merchantcircle
  20. Manta
  21. Mapquest
  22. ShowMeLocal
  23. Mojopages
  24. HotFrog
  25. Brownbook
  26. Cylex-USA
  27. InsiderPages
  28. EZLocal
  29. eLocal
  30. Tupalo
  31. ForLocations
  32. CitySquares
  33. GetFave
  34. 2FindLocal
  35. Nokia HERE
  36. Yasabe
  37. Angieslist
  38. SaleSpider
  39. FindTheBest
  40. Yellpedia
  41. MyHuckleberry
  42. ZipLocal
  43. MagicYellow
  44. City-Data
  45. Thumbtack
  46. MyWebYellow
  47. B2BYellowPages
  48. Pocketly
  49. Tuugo
  50. WikiDomo
  51. Whitepages
  52. Directorycentral
  53. Dexknows
  54. iBegin
  55. Allpages
  56. Yippie.biz
  57. Upspring
  58. ShopCity
  59. cmac.ws
  60. BizVotes
  61. Locallife
  62. a2zyp
  63. YellowPageCity
  64. Justdial
  65. yellowpagesgoesgreen.org
  66. Lookooh
  67. corporationwiki.com
  68. cortera.com
  69. Golocal247
  70. Wysk

Important Advice on Other Kinds of Citations

The list above is a list of top sites to get structured citations on. And that is so important to rank high in the local listings. To illustrate this, the third, fourth, and sixth high-priority local search ranking factors are: #3 – Consistency of structured citations, #4 – Quality/authority of  Structured Citations, and #6 – Quantity of structured citations. Once you get listed on most of all of the above citation sites, search for locally- and industry-relevant domains to get citations on. You could even do this before you finish the list, like after you get listed on the top 14 (those data aggregators [#1-4] are key!)

How to Find Locally-Relevant and Industry-Relevant Domains

How do I find these locally-relevant and industry-relevant domains?, you might ask–by simply Google-ing  it. For instance, if you Google the search phrase “boston business listings,” you can gather a handful of business listings sites in that local area. The same goes for industry-relevant domains. Just last week I Googled “insurance directories” and found about 12 good insurance niche directories to submit my insurance clients to. I decided checked with the great Local Search Google+ Community to see what they thought of my list, and it turned I did indeed find some good ones. Keep up the good work with getting your business listed on the top citation sites and other important domains. Keep in mind also that getting unstructured citations on pages like newspaper articles, blog posts, and event sites will also play a role in local rankings. Follow these steps when working on citations, and your business with soar in the local listings.

Austin Lund