One of the most common comments I hear from business owners when I tell them about the business listings problem is “well I’ve claimed my business on Google Places and that’s where people search so I should be fine.” It’s comments like these that make me cringe. This business owner is probably missing out on a ton of business because of their naivete. There are a number of reasons this argument is flawed.
People only search on Google
Although Google does own a significant share of the search market, there are still a huge amount of searches being conducted on business directory sites, mobile applications, vertical sites, etc.
68.3% of search may seem like a huge portion of search, but when we take a deeper dive and look at local search we can see that this percentage is significantly less.
As we can see from the chart above. When we look at local search Google’s share drops to 43%. There are close to 250 million local searches a month occurring outside of Google. Do you want your business getting found by those searches?
Being Listed on Other Directories Helps Your Ranking on Google
The number and quality of the reviews a business has are some of many factors that Google uses to determine the order of their search results. Being listed on as many directories as possible increases the opportunity for customers to be able to leave reviews of your great business!
If you look at a search for a mechanic in New York City, you’ll see that a number of the results are actually directory sites. This is frequently the case when a location is specified in the search. If you want to maximize the chance that your business gets found you need to make sure that you’re listed in every directory possible.
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