Have you ever tried searching for a local business in your neck of the woods and you simply just can’t find it? Kinda frustrating, huh? Sometimes, searching locally isn’t always a walk in the park.
So, this new cafe (which opened it’s doors about a month ago) is super cute, has great food and is located within walking distance of where I live. This past weekend, I tried looking up the menu online to show my friend who came in from out of town. Did I mention that I was super excited to bring her here, as it’s a chic little boutique cafe that I just knew she’d love.
Anyways, I ventured over to my trusted search engine, plugged in “glens falls restaurants” and hit enter, waiting for a list to appear. Hmmm, nothing but a laundry list of directories to weed through. Let’s try this again, “glens falls cafes”…nada. I think Am I spelling this wrong? Surely, a brand-spankin’ new restaurant must have a website! After all, what is this – the 1990’s?! Sigh…
I finally gave up and typed in the actual name of the gourmet cafe and found it way down on a long annoying list of restaurant directories. Danggit – no website! Not a very good user experience, that’s for sure.
Getting found locally doesn’t have to be so cumbersome. Luckily, this can all be solved if businesses follow a few quickie tips for getting found locally in the search engines.
Top Local Directories to submit your business, write reviews or rate others:
- Online communities, such as Yelp.com, Saratoga.com (if local) or Albany.com (if local) to review, rate, rant or rave
- Local Directories offering free or fee based listings: InsiderPages.com, CitySquares.com, and MojoPages.com
Submit to Internet Yellow Pages:
Submit to Local Directories in Search Engines:
- List your business/website in the local business section on Google, Yahoo or Bing! It’s free and you are even given the opportunity to add photos or write reviews.