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    City Specific Directories

    Does anyone know of a good source for finding city-specific business directories to use in the citation building process?
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    Re: City Specific Directories

    I don't off-hand Colan but just Tweeted this thread to see if we can get some ideas going or get folks to share some resources.
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    Re: City Specific Directories

    Hi Guys,

    Saw the tweet. Here are a few good tools/resources for local directories...

    1) WhiteSpark Citation Finder - Whitespark Local Citation Finder for Local SEO
    (they also have a submission service)

    2) Best Citaions by City - Best Sources for Local Citations by City (U.S.) | GetListed.org

    3) And of course Google search - cityname directories

    Hope that helps!

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    Re: City Specific Directories

    Hi Mark,

    Welcome to the Local Search Community! So glad you caught my question on Twitter and took the time to stop by to weigh in. Really appreciate it!
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    Re: City Specific Directories

    The suggestions of Mark are very sound. I myself have many lists of websites accepting listings in different industries and different location (and different industry+locations), but as I have spent hundreds of hours to compile those I would not be too willing to share them. I don't even share them in my Citation Building Guide, because most are done for my clients, so if I share them publicly it would mean I'd potentially help my clients' direct and indirect competitors.

    Easiest ways to find industry- and location-specific citations:

    - Direct competitor analysis - using Whitespark, Bright Local, Sweet IQ, or manually.
    - Businesses in the same industry in big cities - same methodology; check for businesses in the largest cities, because those tend to have the largest number of citations.
    - Businesses in the same area - usually restaurants, hotels, event halls have the largest numbers of citations; however, many of their citation sources are very specific, so they would most probably not accepted any kind of business. If you have a lawyer client, for example, check for citations of accountants, architects, translators, business consultants, because the citation sources for these are usually also applicable to lawyers, too. If you have a plumber client, you could look at citations of local electricians, painters, HVAC contractors, etc.

    Hope this helps
    Director of Local Search at Whitespark

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    Re: City Specific Directories

    Solid advice. Thanks guys!
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    Re: City Specific Directories

    Is there a solid way to automate citations to these sites (whether manually researched or found through one of the tools)? I want to build more citations, but currently it is a pretty manual process. Outside of Yext, what are some good ways to do that?

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    Re: City Specific Directories

    I've used Bright Local's "Citation Burst" tool. It's pretty sweet.
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    Re: City Specific Directories

    Are they manually submitting to sites or is their tool automated?

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    Re: City Specific Directories

    I believe it's manual.
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