Free way's to generate more business online.



Remember the days when you had to find a phone book and flip through hundreds of pages of text only ads in order to find a local business?

The use of Golden Pages(in book form) has declined massively in the last few years. People now perform quick searches on one of the many popular online directories or search engines. Since Internet search is the primary tool to finding businesses today, it’s extremely important that you make sure your business is listed everywhere online.

This will improve you SEO and get more traffic to your website. SEO simply stands for Search Engine Optimization.

To get your websites(and business) listed, here’s a quick guide to the top 6 online directories, I've included links to their sign-up pages.

Google Places

1. Google Places for Business

Listing your business on Google Places for Business should be at the top of your priority list. Google outperforms every other search engine by a long shot. In fact, Google receives nearly 6 billion searches per day.

Google Places for Business


2. Have Bing crawl your website

Bing Places isn't in Ireland yet but you can have them crawl your website to improve your SEO. If people aren’t searching on Google, chances are, they’re searching for your business on Bing.

Submit your Site to Bing


3. Register on Yelp.

Yelp is quickly becoming one of the best places on the Internet for consumers to find a quality review. If you’re looking to tap into the word-of-mouth advertising world, then Yelp is the perfect place to start.

Register on Yelp


4. Register on Foursquare

Not only is Foursquare a popular business directory, it’s a popular social networking site. Customers can check in and comment on your business.

Register on Foursquare

Register on the Golden Pages

5. Register on the Golden Pages

It might sound obvious but registering your business and websites on the Golden Pages will improve your SEO and generate a lot more traffic.

Register on the Golden Pages

Register on the Apple Maps

6. Register on the Apple Maps

Listing your business and website on Apple maps will help you get noticed and generate more traffic from Apple users.

Register on the Apple Maps

Thanks for reading.

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Derek McAuley

About The Author

Hi, I’m Derek McAuley, a freelance web developer, based in Dublin, Ireland. I've spent the past few years as a freelance web programmer for Wonderful Websites. I am a tireless seeker of knowledge, occassional purveyor of wisdom and also, coincidentally, a Web Developer.