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    The best local SEO you can do is just getting your Google business profile dialed in, having a responsive site, and verifying your address with Google Places/Maps so that your location comes up in search.

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    I'm not sure I agree with 5amue1 in reference to actually being penalized for using Yext. You see, the bulk of the sites that Yext submits to are legitimate search engines and directory sites, including Bing, Yahoo, Four Square, White Pages, Google... etc, with good page ranking. There is nothing "cheating" about having a third party submit your business info across the web. Now if Yext simply pinged your url to random non-ranking websites on the web that were constantly flagged by Google... Then YES, it is likely it may effect your seo negatively. That's the type of behavior Google views as "cheating"... Not having your business info submitted to reputable websites via a third party.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5amue1 View Post
    Google actually penalizes you for using companies like yext...
    Nonsense! I don't believe that being listed in most directories is a great benefit, but the method you use to get your listings into directories like SuperPages or MapQuest is not something that Google cares about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5amue1 View Post
    Google actually penalizes you for using companies like yext, they feel you should be where you on because you earned it and have valuable content and took time, and paid listing sites are cheating, this is a semi new rule..
    This is completely false!
    Directory listings are also important. All your Citations NAP(name/address/phone number) must be the same throughout all your listings. You base the NAP off how it's listed with Google + local page as this is the most important citation(it's googles after all). Duplicate listings will mess up this process.

    I've created Whitepages and MapQuest listings manually without using Yext's paid service. For free too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5amue1 View Post
    Google actually penalizes you for using companies like yext...
    Quote Originally Posted by Goldnote View Post
    This is completely false!
    Directory listings are also important. All your Citations NAP(name/address/phone number) must be the same throughout all your listings. You base the NAP off how it's listed with Google + local page as this is the most important citation(it's googles after all). Duplicate listings will mess up this process.

    I've created Whitepages and MapQuest listings manually without using Yext's paid service. For free too.

    Actually it's not completely false. There were/are many websites that are/were known for selling links and you'll notice that many of them don't exist anymore.
    There are/were also sites that were known spam/link farms like Squidoo, Hub Pages, and the ton of "Press release" sites which have also fallen from grace.

    The problem with buying links is that they also sell links to other people and you have no control over what those other people do. Whether they are spammers, use crappy SEO methods, or just get pissed off (or their competitors do) and report the site for selling links. It's almost impossible to remove your association from a site that has been flagged or sand boxed after the fact. So in essence, buying links is a crap shoot. You can't control if it's going to go badly for you.

    The second part of that equation is that most people aren't careful. While using an automated service has some beneficial sites on it, it also has a few that aren't very reputable and exist only as a source of back links for people. It's absurd to think that I know where they are, but the best engineers and mathematicians in the world who program the search engine that holds 80% of the universe's internet traffic have no idea. Google has spent the better part of the last 5 years figuring out the difference and I'm pretty sure they have a handle on it.

    The problem with automated listings is that it's unnatural. Getting a rash of back links all at one time is not normal, so it's easy to determine if they are paid or you used some kind of automation. The other thing is that Google is well aware of the difference between someone linking to your site from an article, blog posts or sharing on social media naturally, and self created, self manipulated links back to your own site.

    It's not hard to see that a site has a ton of self manipulated backlinks, yet never has any blog comments, links are never shared on social media, the company has no reviews, no interactions with people on it's social profiles, or all of the other characteristics that would imply a website that is visited and recommended by actual people. Google takes all of those things into account now. So by heavily skewing things to one side without the complete picture you're tactics are actually pretty obvious to the ranking algorithms.


    Regardless of whether or not you agree with me, very few directories hold any real benefit to your website anyway and self manipulated back linking should be done sparingly. It's not 2005 anymore and no one is talking about Page Rank.

    Famous last words on this subject and I've heard them for years are "Well, I've been doing it for a while now and nothing has happened to me".

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    You can list your site on free listing sites and they will place your link free of cost. You could search for local directories or listing sites. They also have paid and free submission options. You must have good content on your site, and take help of Manage My Business by google. Create Google Map of your location and submit it to the search engine.

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