A majority of solo professionals & business owners actually forget to utilize local online directories like Google Directory (now known as Google Places), Yahoo Directory, Bing Local Directory,iBegin.com and many other directories.
When you add your business profile (name, address, phone, company URL) you are helping others find you.
When a person does a local search for a real estate agent, web designer, or consultant, and add the city next to the search topic, people appear on the front pages of Google, Yahoo and Bing.
When adding yourself to the local directories, make sure you
- Add “key words” which describe your business and services under title, services offered section
- Use words that people type into Google search bar to find someone like you
- Here is a place where you can get an idea of keywords to add to your profile:
- You have to have a gmail account for Google Places; a Yahoo account for the Yahoo Local Business directory and a Live/Hotmail account for Bing Local Directory
This is a good start for getting found locally. Note: Most of my clients found me through local search directories, and this was FREE from any kind of advertising!
Don’t forget to add your company URL on Twitter Profile, Linkedin, FaceBook, BizNik, Ecademy and then head on over to www.google.com/profiles and add ALL your social sites to this site; enter keywords and tag words, too.!