Growing Businesses with Local Search

If your business operates exclusively or primarily in a limited geographic area (city, county or other defined area), ensure you can be found in all the major local search sites. If you run paid yellow pages ads offline, you may already be listed; however, your listing may be outdated and definitely will not contain all of the details you can list at no charge.

UPDATE: See Local Search Directories for the most recent information or go to Local Search Directory Listing Services to acquire our services.

These are the best known high traffic general directories:

[NOTE: Use the links below to determine if your site or business is already listed. The links to the submit page of each of these sites can be found in the Links to Add Your Business to Local Search Sites post.]

  • Yahoo Local – major search engine Yahoo’s local directory
  • Google Maps – local offering by Google (the largest search engine online)
  • MSN Live Search Local – Microsoft’s local search offering
  • infoUSA – powers 85% of online directories (including Yahoo! Yellow Pages) and 90% of in-car navigation (There is no obvious way to determine if you are already in their database.)
  • SuperPages – online yellow pages
  • YellowPages – publisher of telephone books

Once you have requested listings in the major directories continue with these lesser known options:

We also recommend becoming active in these business networking communities that offer local search listings:

It is simple to determine whether you are already listed. Simply go to each of these sites and search by the name and location of your business. If you already have a listing, find the link to edit it and correct any errors and add additional information. If you are not listed, continue with our Links to Add Your Business or Web Site to FREE Local Search Engine Sites.


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Gail Gardner

Small Businsss Strategist at GrowMap
Creator and owner of, Gail is primarily known for mentoring small businesses and encouraging bloggers to join collaborations to share skills and support small business.