Debbie has a friend who works for a local cleaning service in San Francisco, California. She’s concerned that their search engine ranking, particularly in the maps sections of Google, Yahoo! Local and Bing Local is not getting the ranking it could. She thinks the problem might be related to a lack of placement in business directories and wants to know which directories are the most important to submit to.

Because Debbie attended on of our SEO webinars, I did a quick video review of the website to identify opportunities to improve a few website-level SEO obstacles as well as provide what I believe to be the top list of local business directories to submit to.

However, if I had to choose the top directories, I’d go with that appear the most frequently, including:

  • InsiderPages
  • CitySearch
  • Yelp
  • Yahoo! Local
  • Google Maps
  • MerchantCircle
  • Zagat (Restaurants)
  • TripAdvisor (Hospitality)

Thanks for the great question!