Citations not indexed

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I have used various citation building services and some have been complete failures because Google has not indexed them even though they exist. One of my main tools is BrightLocal and it was because I use them that I was able to see that the new citations were not showing up for some of these services. With BrightLocal you can add citations manually but it got me thinking - if I add citations manually and they are still not indexed by Google, am I misleading myself and my clients?

BrightLocal have their Citation Tracker (where you can manually add) but also they track citations in their Google My Business tool. I noticed a difference between the two reports and had a discussion with them about it. In the end they agreed with my view that only citations that are indexed by Google (and which would therefore show in the Google My Business tool) are actually helping with ranking.

They sent me this blog - https://jurisdigital.com/are-your-citations-indexed-by-google/ - which suggests a way to get citations indexed if they are not already. Before I implement that strategy, can anyone see any reasons not to?

It got me thinking whether it would help a local business to have a page on its website dedicated to all of its citations as no doubt that would help them to remain indexed. Any thoughts on that or reasons why it would be a bad idea?
 

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I have used various citation building services and some have been complete failures because Google has not indexed them even though they exist. One of my main tools is BrightLocal and it was because I use them that I was able to see that the new citations were not showing up for some of these services. With BrightLocal you can add citations manually but it got me thinking - if I add citations manually and they are still not indexed by Google, am I misleading myself and my clients?

BrightLocal have their Citation Tracker (where you can manually add) but also they track citations in their Google My Business tool. I noticed a difference between the two reports and had a discussion with them about it. In the end they agreed with my view that only citations that are indexed by Google (and which would therefore show in the Google My Business tool) are actually helping with ranking.

They sent me this blog - https://jurisdigital.com/are-your-citations-indexed-by-google/ - which suggests a way to get citations indexed if they are not already. Before I implement that strategy, can anyone see any reasons not to?

It got me thinking whether it would help a local business to have a page on its website dedicated to all of its citations as no doubt that would help them to remain indexed. Any thoughts on that or reasons why it would be a bad idea?
Yes, hardly any citation services do indexing of their listings and it is critical to do so.

Listing all of your citations on a page on your website is an interesting idea. However, I might recommend using a business listing company that indexes their citations/listings when they create them in the first place. That would save you the trouble of doing it yourself.
 
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I haven't actually explored citation indexing. Putting a page together on your site is an interesting idea, I'm sure it would work. The main thing I wanted to point out though... that article was written by Casey Meraz. He absolutely knows what he's talking about, so while I wouldn't take the website page linking to citations idea as the gospel best practice for ensuring citations are quickly indexed, at the very least you can trust that this is an expert sharing his thoughts on an issue worth talking about.

The only danger I can think of with this strategy, is that you'd risk adding a page to the site that's only for Google, not for humans. If you can frame the page in a way that makes sense for humans that stumble across it too though, then you're fine.
 

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