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    Re: Merchant Circle No Longer Offering Free Listings

    It is weird because I got a free listing approved by them about two or three months back.

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    Re: Merchant Circle No Longer Offering Free Listings

    Yahoo and CitySearch have both partnered with Yext now. They get a rev-share by reselling Yext's services. But you CAN still get a free business listing on both Yahoo and CitySearch.

    Here's an article I wrote quite a while ago on how to get a free listing on Yahoo ... even with them partnering with Yext. Make sure to follow the steps exactly as the free listing link is really buried. But I just checked this last week and it still works.

    CitySearch is owned by CityGrid, so the key to getting a free listing there is to start at CityGrid | Home and go through the process there. It's still free and it will automatically get pushed over to CitySearch.

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: Merchant Circle No Longer Offering Free Listings

    I would not recommend using their free listing service. It is also run by Yext.

    It best to have your Yahoo listing pushed through by Yelp.

    Creating a free listing through the Yahoo/Yext portal raises a ton of questions, like will a duplicate be created if you've already got a listing on Yahoo (most people do)? If one isn't created then is it merged into the current listing? Which data source controls the changes on the listing? etc.

    Yahoo pulls from 10+ data sources for their local listings. You can think of the Yext/Yahoo portal as just one more data source they pull from. It's better to have as few data sources providing your listing as possible so you can control it better. Ideally, you want just Yelp as your data source on Yahoo since Yelp is going to put your listing on Yahoo whether you like it or not.

    If Yelp is your sole data source, your changes will always make it through from Yelp to Yahoo within 4-5 weeks.

    If Yelp is not your only data source, its information starts competing with other data sources and who knows which data Yahoo will publish at that point.

    Bottom line: you have more control over your Yahoo listing via your Yelp listing.
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    Re: Merchant Circle No Longer Offering Free Listings

    Good bit of inside info, thanks Joshua.

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    Re: Merchant Circle No Longer Offering Free Listings

    Yes, that's a good way to look at it, Joshua. Of course, you can just choose to ignore Yahoo altogether as no-longer relevant, which I've done for a while. But I guess it's been updated by default thanks to Yelp, as you stated.

    I rarely see any traffic yahoo. Probably just about as much as citysearch

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    Re: Merchant Circle No Longer Offering Free Listings

    Yahoo pulls from 10+ data sources for their local listings.
    Hi Joshua,

    This comment caught my attention. Which 10+ sites do you see Yahoo pulling from?
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    Re: Merchant Circle No Longer Offering Free Listings

    Quote Originally Posted by whitespark View Post
    Hi Joshua,

    This comment caught my attention. Which 10+ sites do you see Yahoo pulling from?
    Yelp, Localeze, ExpressUpdate, Acxiom, Yellowpages (paid), Yext are just the ones I can remember off of the top of my head.

    I'm coming out with an article about it soon.

    I'll keep you guys posted!
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    Re: Merchant Circle No Longer Offering Free Listings

    Hi why no free listing anymore, on my webmaster tools all my back links desapeared could help me with advice? Thanks

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