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    How to claim business listing for CitySearch?

    Is there any other way beside YEXT, to claim listing in City Search? - Just CitySearch and nothing else! I know MOZ local is doing that, and maybe data aggregators, but any platform that you can pay to get a listing in City Search?

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    Re: How to claim business listing for CitySearch?

    If you add your citations to InfoGroup, they will trickle down to InsiderPages, CitySearch, and all the other IAC properties. It can take 2-3 months though. We wrote about this back in April - Citation on Trial - InsiderPages.

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    Re: How to claim business listing for CitySearch?

    Another thing I've been testing and I have had success is to add a listing to Yellowpages. I was told by Infogroup that they confirm data using Yellowpages. Go figure. The idea is that Infogroup will scan yellowpages, find the listing and add it to their database. I added 1 business and three months later it was on Infogroup. Might have been a fluke and still testing. Other than that you have to use YEXT.

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    Re: How to claim business listing for CitySearch?

    Wow, that would be interesting. I didn't think that Infogroup used Yellowpages as a primary source. Any chance they can send you that info in writing Dusty?

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    Re: How to claim business listing for CitySearch?

    Like I said, I'm still testing. I called Infogroup a couple weeks ago because I continually see new data show up for clients that never had a listing on Infogroup. The person on the phone said they use Yellowpages for verifying data, which I find odd as they also provide data to Yellowpages. I'm going to create a listing on Yellowpages this week for my brothers business to see what happens. It worked once...who knows....

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    Re: How to claim business listing for CitySearch?

    ok, I may be splitting hairs on this - but "verifying" data on Yellowpages is different than "consuming" data from Yellowpages.

    Most of the "big 4" use several other citation sites and try to "crowdsource" accuracy - so if data InfoGroup gets jives with what is on Yellowpages, then they feel more confident about the correctness.

    I would be very surprised if Infogroup takes info directly from Yellowpages - but anything is possible. Look forward to your findings!

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    Re: How to claim business listing for CitySearch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Barnett View Post
    If you add your citations to InfoGroup, they will trickle down to InsiderPages, CitySearch, and all the other IAC properties. It can take 2-3 months though. We wrote about this back in April - Citation on Trial - InsiderPages.
    Barnett, you are right, super pages is also part of insider pages i guess as well.

    Info group might use Yellow Pages as it now requires sophisticated verification process, I know a client of mine lost his yellow pages listing because he did not have an actual address, they require same process as Axciom does, a document showing you are really doing business and have actual address! The other alternative can be superpages and white pages, info group could use that data as well.

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    Re: How to claim business listing for CitySearch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Barnett View Post

    I would be very surprised if Infogroup takes info directly from Yellowpages
    Me too Scott.

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    Re: How to claim business listing for CitySearch?

    Some of the data aggregators do use printed Yellow Pages as one of their sources of information. These listings come from telephone company business office records so they are an indicator of how companies represent their businesses in the real world. The problem is that when businesses set-up their phone service, how that will translate into an online listing is not on their radar so inaccuracies result. Name variations, incorrect category association, duplicate listings are all examples of problems that can arise from unchecked listings.

    We have seen live examples of unique Print YP tracking lines show up in aggregator data. The only source of that listing would be Print YP.

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    Re: How to claim business listing for CitySearch?

    Myles,

    This may be a nit, but I do know that Acxiom and Localeze get the majority of their "authoritative" data from the phone companies. In theory, that *is* a reliable source of business citation data. I'm not sure that translates directly into printed YP results though - in this day, all the data the aggregators are getting is electronic. Or at least I would hope so!

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