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    Toll Free Numbers For Local SEO or Organic

    Hello,

    I have a couple questions

    1. Does having a toll free number, 888, or 866 number instead of using a phone number with a local area code (cell phone number) affect local rankings?

    I have heard mixed opinions on this. I think I heard somthing about a google number being bad.

    2. Will having a redirect number that redirects to my cell phone affect local rankings?

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    Re: Toll Free Numbers For Local SEO or Organic

    1) Might depend somewhat on business type.

    For instance a hotel has a reason to have 800#. But most truly local businesses don't need an 800 cuz all customers are local.

    But if for some reason you need to use one I recommend 800 in a graphic on top for customers. Local # in NAP in footer.

    2) Guidelines say: "Provide a phone number that connects to your individual business location as directly as possible"

    Best to stick to guidelines and not do forwarding number if possible.
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    Re: Toll Free Numbers For Local SEO or Organic

    General consensus is to stick to local land lines.
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    Re: Toll Free Numbers For Local SEO or Organic

    Blake,

    I'm curious why you say land lines. I have quite a few SAB clients who use their cellphones as their primary business number.
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    Re: Toll Free Numbers For Local SEO or Organic

    Ok thank you Linda

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    Re: Toll Free Numbers For Local SEO or Organic

    Lynda,

    I'm starting a new business (moving company) in a major metropolitan area. I have an 844 toll free number I was going to use for our main number. Do you recommend for nap and citation purposes that I stick with a local number? And keep the 844 number to our trucks and at the top of our site as an image?

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