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It is difficult to overstate the importance of listing a business in a business listing directory. Listing your business increases its exposure, meaning you will get greater ROI or return on investment. Listing is one of the cheapest advertising methods and it helps you to reach a targeted Web traffic. Listing is also advantageous in that it leads to search engine optimization (SEO) since it involves the use of one way links. You should only go to local directory services that offer listing in credible and reputable local business listing directories since such directories have a lot of hits and this will mean more hits for your site. Some of the top local directory services (in no particular order) are:

Yell.com – this local business directory gets over 6 million hits monthly. The directory offers free business listings, but you can customize your listing by adding a description and photos for a fee.

BlueURL Business Directory – this is a worldwide business listing directory that provides businesses and non-profit listings. The directory provides information across different geographical regions and industries.

Google Local Search – this is undoubtedly the top business listing directory listing in the world, thanks to the Google search engine.

MSN Local – this directory includes Live Search Maps. MSN Local is particular popular in the U.S.

Mast Business Directory – this business directory offers website listing on a one-time review fee basis.

aGoodDir.com – this directory lists thousands of suppliers of both services and products in the U.S.

e Business Directory – the directory features listings for local businesses as well as non-profit listings.

Business.com – this is a business search engine as well as a directory that includes company listings.

Yahoo! Local – this is the 2nd most popular local business listing directory. The directory is powered by Yahoo, which is still a popular search engine despite Google eating into its market share. The business directory allows people to find businesses in their neighbourhood and beyond. It gives the names and the phone numbers of local businesses and services and it also features information related to the businesses and services.

You should also consider going for a business listing directory in your niche. As an example, if you are in the flower industry, the top local business listing directories are:

* Locate A Flower Shop
* Find A Florist
* Flower Shop Network
* Local Flower Shop
* FTD Florists Online
* iLocal Florist

Other top local business directories are Ask.com’s Local Search Directory, CitySearch, which is paid-only, AOL Local, and Dexknows.com, which are sponsored by telephone companies, YellowPages, YellowBook, Merchant Circle, Topix, Insider Pages, and SuperPages.com.

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Chris Robertson – who has written posts on Website Promotion Strategy.
I have been doing SEO for 15yrs now! Chris Robertson

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