When designing an SEO strategy for a local Utah business one tactic to consider is the use of local citations. A citation is an online reference to your business’s “NAP” or name, address and phone number. Google uses citations when evaluating your business’s online presence to determine how relevant your business is in relation to a particular Google search. As such, the more citations to your business Google finds on the web the more potentially relevant Google will consider your business to be. The more relevant Google considers your business to be, the closer to the top your business will appear in the listings resulting from a Google search.
Where to List Your Business
There are many ways to build the on line presence of your business by increasing the number of citations available for Google to find. Websites such as Yelp, Hotfrog, Yell.com and Foursquare are obvious first places to list citations to your business. Here is a list of the top 50 citation sources in the United States. These websites allow people to search for local businesses by asking you what type of business you are looking for and the location in which you want to find it. As such a business’s name, local Utah address and phone number is all readily displayed together. In addition to these websites, listing your business’s NAP on local blogs and on line periodicals will help to increase your business’s relevance in a Google search. A business can also be listed through Google itself on “Google My Business.”
Citations Should Be Consistent
It is important to make sure that the information contained in all citations to your business is consistent. Inconsistent citations will negatively impact your relevance in a Google search. As such, if inconsistent citations exist for your business you should act to make them consistent.