Today’s post is going to be the third in our series of “lists of tools” posts, today’s focusing specifically on maps optimization. This post will probably be the leanest of all posts in this series since there aren’t a ton of maps optimization tools on the market. I am going to cover three areas, maps setup and optimization, do it yourself citation building, and automated citation building tools. Let’s jump in!
Maps Setup & Optimization
Google Places for Business – Setup and optimize your Google+ Local listing.
Yahoo Local – Setup and optimize your Yahoo Map listing.
Bing Places – Setup and optimize your Bing Map listing.
DIY Citation Building
GetListed.org – GetListed.org was created by David Mihm and was recently acquired by SEOmoz a few months back. Get Listed isn’t an advanced tool by any means, but is a nice little tool to help you get started with your citation building. Just enter your business name and zip code and it will tell you where you have and haven’t claimed the basic citations.
Whitespark.ca – Whitespark was created by the Edmonton SEO, Darren Shaw and is a tool for beginner and advanced SEOs looking to find the best citation opportunities online. This is a paid tool, but is well worth it!
Automated Citation Building
Localeze – Localeze, recently purchased by neustar helps companies gain greater control of your local footprint by managing and distributing your local listings to hundreds of trusted providers online.
Universal Business Listing – UBL also allows you to manage and distribute your local listings to hundreds of providers across local and mobile search, GPS, maps and the social web.
Yext -Yext allows to to submit or correct current local data found online and manage it going forward. With Yext, you can instantly update your information across their network that reaches over 150 million customers each month.
Like I said at the beginning of the post, this is a small list, however it should be enough to help you get started and take your maps optimization to the next level! If I’ve missed any tools, please feel free to add them in the comments section below.
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