20+ Local Citations UK

by Gareth on June 18, 2010

Updated: August 27, 2014

Post updated with more UK citation sources

This is post looks at UK specific citation places, but many will have sections for other countries.  For pure US citation sources try here.Local SEO is a hot topic this year, as marketers are realising the traffic potential of a good local ranking in certain industries.  One industry where Local SEO plays a big role in search marketing is Hotels.   A search for ‘London Hotels’ will bring up this 7 pack of local listings, which are now getting more clicks than the organic listings below them: Local SEO for Hotels Google’s Local SEO algorithm has been greatly improved over that last year and listings are becoming harder to hijack and spam, though they still have work to do in pulling data for the reviews and citations: Google Places What are the main factors of Local SEO?

  • Reviews
  • Star ratings
  • Business address citations
  • Total quantity of reviews and citations
  • Trust/authority of the review & citation sources

(See David Mihm’s Local SEO ranking factors for more information on this area) The citations are a key ranking factor and are seen as the new links:

In the Local algorithm, links can still bring direct traffic from the people who click on them. But the difference is that these “links” aren’t always links; sometimes they’re just an address and phone number associated with a particular business! In the Local algorithm, these references aren’t necessarily a “vote” for a particular business, but they serve to validate that business exists at a particular location, and in that sense, they make a business more relevant for a particular search. Source: David Mihm

This list I provide is for general niches.  For specific niches you need to search competitor’s citations and find the best citation sources. e.g. for London Resturants: -Search for ‘london restaurants’ -Click on ‘reviews’ or ‘more’ on the top local listing -Go to the ‘more about this places’ section at the bottom.  These are the citations: Google Places These citation places were discovered by devling into hundreds of local search listings across different niches and looking at the most referenced ‘places’ then looking at the site’s authority. Local SEO can be difficult, it’s not just about citations – but these will help you on your way to local domination. Top 17 places for UK citations:

You will find that Google will also pull in reviews from these sites and mix them up with direct reviews from Google Places users.

Need Even More local UK Citation places??

  • 2 Find Local
  • 4NI
  • Agent Local
  • Applegate
  • Approved Business
  • AZ Pages UK
  • Best England
  • Best Rated Businesses
  • BizBuzz
  • Blinks 
  • Britaine
  • Britinfo.net
  • BT Links
  • Bucket Monkeys
  • Business Magnet
  • Business Network
  • Business Directory UK
  • Business Line
  • businessitonline
  • Buy From The UK
  • Buzz Tout
  • Callup Contact
  • Citiservi UK
  • City Listings 
  • CityLocal
  • Colour Pages
  • Cylex
  • Dentons Web
  • Dot Uk Directory
  • England Business Database
  • Express Business Directory
  • Find1
  • Finder
  • Foursquare
  • Free Index
  • Free UK Business Directory
  • Fyple UK
  • Go MY
  • Here Maps by Nokia
  • Hotfrog
  • iBegin
  • Info Guide UK
  • Kelly Search
  • Lacartes
  • ListZ
  • Local Business Listings UK
  • Local People
  • Local Store
  • Locatrade
  • Mister What
  • MobLocal
  • More UK
  • My Local Services
  • My Index
  • My Pro Spot
  • MyLocali
  • Odovo UK
  • Only Uncle
  • Opendi
  • PinBud
  • Places Locally
  • Qype
  • Scoot
  • Searchers
  • Searchme4
  • Shopcentric UK
  • Smile Local
  • Start Your Own Business 
  • The Biz Niz Dir
  • The local Data Search
  • The Trade Finder
  • The Argus Trade Directory
  • The I Group
  • Thomson Local
  • Tom Tom Places
  • Touch Local
  • Tuggo
  • Tupalo.com
  • Ufindus
  • UK Business Directory 
  • UK Directory 
  • Uk Places
  • United Kingdom Local Search
  • Wampit
  • Where 2 Go
  • Wheres Best
  • Yahoo! Search
  • Yalw
  • Yell
  • Yelp
  • Zettai UK 
  • Zip Info

Along with these top places to get listings you can also get address citations from many other authority sites, you just need to be a bit crafty sometimes ;).  Some other places where I have seen address citations being picked up by Google Places are uk.answersyahoo.com, ehow articles, meetup.com and uk.loadedweb.com. If you are not sure whether you have listings in the top local directories, try David Mihm’s new UK local SEO tool which will search for your listings. Related External Posts Local Search Ranking Factors SEOBook’s Local SEO Case Study Distilled’s Local SEO Research Data Related Videos SEOmoz Whiteboard Friday – SEO for Local Search from Scott Willoughby on Vimeo. If you think I have missed any good places for authority citations (or easy and quick citation sources), drop them in the comments below. If you are looking for a local seo service, please contact me.

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{ 11 comments }

Pete Unitt June 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Thanks for the post. Some of those links don’t work though

Gareth June 20, 2010 at 9:46 am

You sure Pete…just had a quick look and they seem ok to me.

Andrew Baker June 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Great post Gareth and yes I agree after studying local search and a wide range of niches myself over the last year I too have found these same local directory sources essential for citations and in some cases reviews… In addition to your list above I would add the following UK local directory sites…

Freeindex.co.uk

Localmole.co.uk

Cylex-uk.co.uk

Zettai.net

UK-local-search.co.uk

As well as these generic directories I always make an effort to source city or region specific citation sites as I am a firm believer that citations from these sites provide more authority to a business’s Google Places Page.

For example in my home town of Edinburgh I use sites such as:-

edinburghonline.co.uk

edinburghdirectory.info

edinburghshopper.co.uk

Finally I always investigate the niche or sector I’m working in so for example estate agents… there are 10-20 property directory sites in the UK that list estate agencies and Google do scrape these sites. Again very relevant sites to target and they will provide that much needed trust for your business listing.

Cheers,
Andrew :-)

Gareth June 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Hi Andrew, thanks for dropping by and cheers for those other sites. Yep, freeindex turns up a lot in citations too, the pages can also rank OK in organic search results too.

Geoff June 23, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Great post – one of the most authoritative I have seen on this topic for UK businesses.

For some of the above there is an additional social marketing value which makes listing on these sites an absolute must.

For example, registered users of Yelp can link their Yelp accounts to their Facebook account. This allows them to “like” a business or service on both services – with “likes” appearing on their Facebook Wall thus making a contribution to word of mouth campaigns.

Reviews on many of the above also contribute to customer acquisition.

Gareth June 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Thanks Geoff – Yep good point about the facebook ‘likes’ on Yelp. I think these will be really important when Facebook launches its internal search engine…I’m sure this is coming soon.

Rob September 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Great post, thanks a lot. I found though that I got a LOT of telesales calls after submitting my site to these directories. People ringing up “to verify my listing” then try and sell me an enhanced one (fair enough) but also from companies that mentioned a couple of the above websites but were otherwise unrelated, just trying to sell me SEO services. Very annoying – obviously one or more of the above passed on my info.
Anyway, thanks again for the post.

web design in Maidstone September 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm

nice selection… would like to add that some of them are paid ones – especially Thopson Local is really expensive one… but still it is very good for your website to be listed there :/

thank You

p.s. you need delicious button here :(

Abbie September 20, 2010 at 8:02 am

Thanks Gareth and also Andrew for the additional suggestions. I was also going to mention FreeIndex – it’s where I try and bully errr I mean persuade my clients to leave a review ;-)

Will get cracking on some of the other suggestions. I had already followed David Mihm’s suggestions but there are many more on your list to work through. Great!

PS – Web Design in Maidstone, Thomson Local offers a free listing. I have added one recently.

AcrylicWeb September 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Thank you for sharing this – it’s been one of my favourite reads of my day and I will definately be following your posts.

Just one note though that the link to Infoserve has a typo (an extra http).

Carolina x

need more traffic September 30, 2010 at 2:05 am

Yes, this seems to be a very hot topic this year.

I find the best place to find citations is in your competitors places pages.

However, it is frustrating how long citations take to show in Google maps, and also how many business are earning citations through web pages that aren’t even citing them! I’ve seen some businesses earn citations just because their city is named on a website!

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