Drive customers through your doors with local search.
Local Search Visibility is a quick and easy way to get in front of new customers and start generating leads online. See how LSV works
- Simply Set Up Your Local Business Listing*
It takes just a few minutes to fill out a one-page form and send your business information to over 100 local search partners in our network.
- Get Immediate Visibility
Once your listing has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email from us with a link to your business listing in our local directory, ThinkLocal®, where you can see your profile.
- Track Your Results
Online reporting lets you see your results in Internet directories and search engines.
- Improve Your Results Over Time
Like anything in the Internet, your business information should be updated on a regular basis. Use the same set-up form to update your business details.
* Businesses with a US address only
Why is local search important?
Traditional advertising can only take you so far today. Consumers turn to the Internet to find local businesses in their area. Search sites like Google® Maps, the Google local business results, Yahoo!® Local and YellowPages.com™ are the Internet yellow pages. A listing in these directories is your ticket to being found online by potential customers.
Where will my local listing appear?
Your business listing will appear in local online directories such as YellowPages.com®, Superpages.com® and MerchantCircle, etc. when customers search for your products and services in your area. For a complete list of our local search partners, click here. Keep in mind that there are different ways to go about finding your business in these directories: by business name, by keyword (e.g., "real estate appraiser") or by navigating the business categories. In addition, your business listing will show up in local search results on the regular search engines like Google® and Yahoo!®.
Why do I need to enter all this information about my business?
When creating a business listing in local online directories, it is important to look past the basics such as business name and phone number. Like anything in online search, your business listing can be optimised to increase its chances of being discovered by potential customers. So take time to write an enticing business description, select the most appropriate line of business, provide a list of your specialties, products and/or services, brands, and populate your keywords. You can also specify your hours of operation and methods of payment to make it easier for customers to do business with you.
How soon will my listing appear in local directories?
Your business listing will be created within 24 hours in our local directory - ThinkLocal®. At the same time, your business information will be syndicated to over a hundred other local directories and search engines. Some sites may take longer to create your business listing (up to 8 or 10 weeks). Online reporting will let you see your results in Internet directories and search engines at any time, so you can track your listing's progress.
Do you guarantee that my business will be listed?
We do not guarantee that your business listing will be included in all local directories where we send your information. Furthermore, we do not guarantee top rankings for your listing in local directories and search engines like Google® Maps and the Google local business results. In fact, we caution you against any company that makes such guarantees. If you operate a legitimate business and have taken care to create a solid business profile, your chances of being listed in local directories are very high.
Can I use a P.O. box address for my business?
You can if this is your legitimate business address. To increase the chances of your business getting listed in online directories, keep your business name, address and primary phone name accurate and consistent across multiple directories.
Do I have to have an address in the USA to use the service?
Yes. Only businesses with an address in the USA will benefit from this service, because the directories where we send your business listing to are mainly focused on local US markets.
From your distribution list, it looks like my business information is sent to Facebook®, Twitter® and TomTom®. What does it mean to me as a business owner?
Our network of local search partners have grown to include new providers, among them, Facebook Places, Twitter Places and TomTom. Both Facebook and Twitter® have recently rolled out their Places features - Facebook ® Places and Twitter Places. These are similar to other location-based applications that use GPS so people can "check in" on their mobile phones to let friends know where they are located. TomTom® is a world renowned provider of portable navigation devices, including in-dash car systems.
With LSV, your business information is distributed as part of our data feed to these new providers. They use this information to populate their local applications. Your business information gets displayed to the end users when they happen to be in the proximity of your location. In other words, they do not search to find your business as people do in the search engines like Google® or local online directories like Superpages.com. They use smart phones and other mobile devices to pinpoint their location, which can be at or close to your business. For example, a user may want to let her friends know that she is at a restaurant enjoying a great meal and they should come join her. This restaurant may just happen to be your business that you submitted information for with the Local Search Visibility service.
The fact that your business information is now sent to Facebook and Twitter does not mean that you get a business or personal profile page in either of these places. This is still a manual process that you will have to do yourself or get Web.com UK® to help you by calling Customer Support.