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    Citation Builder Services

    Hello, I'm considering using a service to build citations. I'm looking at brightlocal which seems to be a pretty good deal. There are others out there i know like whitespark. Just wondering if there is any downside or problem with this. It looks like the citations would be all the exact same as far as description...Is this a problem?

    Also, is it a problem do you think to add 25 or 50 or 100 citations in a day or should i space them out over a few weeks.

    Your help is very much appreciated.

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    Re: Citation Builder Services

    I don't deal with citations at all and build rank other ways - mainly with on-site SEO which has more impact on boosting ranking in the current algo.

    But if new business without an existing base of citations OR dealing with a move or bad citations it's good to hire someone to help.

    BrightLocal and Whitespark are 2 of the top services. The other one I'd consider is Nyagoslav who is a fellow Google Top Contributor and does a great job with citations.
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    Re: Citation Builder Services

    You might want to read this post I just made on the forum regarding using unique descriptions: http://localsearchforum.catalystemar...html#post22615

    And now for my self plug

    I'm the Co-Founder of DirectoryBug and with the help of others, I've spent years developing a superior listing service. The option of choosing a number desired unique descriptions are one of the many things that help make it the most effective online business listing service.

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    Re: Citation Builder Services

    I'd also take a look into using someone from fiverr.com or come up with some detailed instructions and you can hire someone at a very affordable price on elance.com

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    Re: Citation Builder Services

    Using a service can help free up some of your time. Remember the citations that you add may not be crawled by Google so I would help Google find the more important citations. Brightlocal and Whitespark are the best in the business. If you prefer a human to add them Odesk is another good resource.

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    Re: Citation Builder Services

    I have somebody that I have worked with for a long time on Fiverr. She provides really good work and does everything manually. I pull a report from Bright Local showing which citations have been claimed and then I specify which ones to claim. For 25 citations at $5 you can't beat it. She'll send a report back showing what she did, and register everything using the gmail account that I set up.

    Can somebody tell me the advantages of hiring whitespark or brightlocal? I've seen the service available in my bright local account, but from what I recall it was much more expensive than hiring somebody from Fiverr.

    That's about the only good thing I've found on Fiverr lol.

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    Re: Citation Builder Services

    I looked at both Bright Local and Whitespark, eventually going with the latter. I've been pleased with their work.

    In the past I used "stay at home moms" (mostly wives of Marines) but I found that the learning curve was too steep to handle in some cases. Had a very bright, tenacious mom who figured stuff out on her own. She recruited other Marine Moms (I called them my "Grunts", because they did my grunt work). She then became my "go to support" for her recruits which saved me a bunch of time, which I appreciated later when her hubby got back from Afghanistan, he left the service and they went home to NC. Then the management of the rest of the "grunts" fell back on me. Spent more time training them, fixing their mistakes, etc. than running the biz.

    This is basically the same fear I have of enlisting a fiverr or elance-er. I need the work done but don't have time to train, re-train, troubleshoot...repeat. So Whitespark seems like a good value. Yeah, it can be done for less but they do it right.

    And isn't that what I tell my clients about other local SEO companies vs. mine?

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    Re: Citation Builder Services

    First, thanks Linda for mentioning me.

    1. Description for the citations:

    I would generally agree with Broland - having the same description everywhere is not the best option. However, it is also not a very smart option to have unique description everywhere, either. Is there a person who could summarize their business in 50 completely unique different ways, each within 150-250 symbols (not words)? I don't think so. That is why when asked this question, I suggest that unique descriptions are used as much as possible at least on the top 6-7 platforms, especially the ones that are more likely to rank for brand terms, such as Yellowpages, Yelp, Citysearch, Insiderpages, Merchant Circle. These are also the platforms that are (generally) most likely to be interacted with by actual people, so their usability would be of greater importance. And that is also why we normally ask for at least 3 different descriptions.

    2. Spacing-out citations:

    I don't really think this is necessary, because I have never seen any evidence of Google using citation "velocity" as a ranking factor. In the bottom of its system, Google is not able to use such a factor with as good accuracy as they would like simply because their local listings clusters are updated on a monthly/bi-monthly basis. Additionally, it takes different amount of time for different citations to be first indexed as pages, and then included in the business data index. This period depends on the popularity of the platform, trustworthiness of the platform, how often new content is added, and if Google has any official relationship for data exchange with the platform. So it is very possible that if you add a listing today to angieslist.com (for example), it might actually go into Google's business data index LATER than if you add a listing in 6 weeks on Citysearch. So spacing-out citations is rather useless.

    3. Hiring someone from Fiverr/Elance/Odesk vs. hiring a professional

    The cost will obviously be lower. However, citation building is not just about getting a bunch of listings on a bunch of websites. A very comprehensive research has to be completed prior to the start of the process in order to discover ALL currently existing citations for a business. And believe me, there is no business older than 2 months that doesn't have any citations. Additionally, there is practically no automated tool currently available that discovers all citations for a business. That is why in our research process we use the following:
    - Yext Local Search Scorecard
    - GetListed.org
    - Whitespark Local Citation Finder
    - Bright Local Citation Tracker
    - SweetIQ's Local Marketing platform
    In addition to these, we run manual checks both through Google, Bing AND through some of the websites that we know from experience feature a lot of listings that are generally not indexed by Google (for instance, Kudzu, Local.com, Insiderpages are indexed very badly; LocalEze and Axciom are not indexed).

    Just my two cents

    Nyagoslav
    Director of Local Search at Whitespark

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    Re: Citation Builder Services

    Quote Originally Posted by Nyagoslav View Post
    I suggest that unique descriptions are used as much as possible at least on the top 6-7 platforms, especially the ones that are more likely to rank for brand terms, such as Yellowpages, Yelp, Citysearch, Insiderpages, Merchant Circle. These are also the platforms that are (generally) most likely to be interacted with by actual people, so their usability would be of greater importance. And that is also why we normally ask for at least 3 different descriptions.
    Awesome points Nyagoslav!

    What type of creative process do you use to deliver the same message 3 different ways? Or what advice do you give business owners so that they can deliver you three different descriptions for the same service?

    Do you use different descriptions solely for the usability factor that you mentioned, or are you also seeing that using the same description can get you into trouble with the local algo?
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    Re: Citation Builder Services

    SweetIQ does a great job with citation development

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