If you have a local organization, listings are very important. When people search in Google Maps, Bing Maps, or Yahoo Local, local listings are what show up in the results. If your organization doesn’t have a local listing, then you won’t show up. If you do have one, but only have basic (or less) contact info, then people are less likely to contact you. So, it’s important to make sure you have Google, Bing, and Yahoo listings and that they are fully setup.
Tip: Setup Listings in Google and Bing Maps.
Take a few minutes and do a search for your organization’s name, city and state in Google maps, Bing maps, and Yahoo local. If your organization doesn’t show up, then go ahead and create a listing. If your organization does show, click through to the listing and claim the listing. Claimed listings tend to rank better and it will give you better control over the listing.
Once you’ve claimed your listing or while you are setting up a new listing, make sure you add as much information as possible. Upload pictures and link videos. And, most importantly, link to your website.
You can create your listings by following these links:
It doesn’t take long to setup or claim a listing, but it could make a world of difference for your local organization.