Do you need to be found locally? Business Directories

You need to be found locally, right? Therefore, you need to think about how people will find you. Your website may not be properly indexed. The indexing is how the Google search engine finds you with its Bots or Spiders, as they're known. Google combs sites every couple of weeks to check your site is active and that your search words make sense and connect to a real site.

To increase the chances of you being found overall, there are 50 top business directories online that you may like to look at.

They are free, but with ‘free’ (always) comes a hazard... you will get salespeople calling you to upgrade you to their paid service. Rather than telling them you’re not interested, we suggest you put them on hold until you get some response on their free service. I have never gained from an upgrade - I tried Scoot.

Please make sure you are very clear with the directory profile. It is time-consuming to do them all, but its hard work to go back and change or even tweak them all. If you change your address or phone number, you’ll have to go through each of them.

Other things to note: Be different. Don’t be too starchy or formal. Be friendly and welcoming with your phone number and email addy along with your website address and twitter/ LinkedIn accounts noted. People like doing business with people they like, after all.

Here’s the list of 50 with links to each site:

If you don’t have time to do this yourself, check out our article on Apprenticeships. Soon, we’re talking about how to get extra help, cheaply and even through a quoting system for a single piece of work.