An online presence is important for both local and global businesses, especially those with physical locations.
It may seem slightly counterintuitive for a local business to focus time on developing their online presence, until you realize that this is precisely where their customers are making buying decisions.
Businesses that want to optimize for local SEO can make a big impact with the right focus, as well as the right tools.
Listings management with these local SEO tools encompasses a wide range of features that include:
Some tools on this list narrowly focus on one of these features (such as ReviewTrackers, which specializes in review management), while others offer an all-in-one solution.
Some of the best SEO tools on the market, such as Moz and SEMrush, have adapted their all-in-one SEO tools to include listings management as an optional add-on feature.
Ultimately, the tool(s) you pick for local SEO are a function of your unique needs.
The following represent the best options for each aforementioned listings management feature – as well as several all-in-one local SEO solutions.
Whitespark got its start as a web design agency, but now also offers SEO software tools that help businesses with local search marketing.
The Citation Finder tool is Whitespark’s most popular offering. It helps you find the citation opportunities you’re missing so that you can improve relevant local search rankings.
The tool is free to use for 3 searches/day and limited search results — perfect for those who are still exploring the tool. As of the publication of this ebook, paid subscriptions start at $17/month for 20 searches/day and unlimited search results.
Other notable Whitespark local SEO tools include:
Yext provides a variety of products and solutions that can help your brand improve local SEO. Yext integrates with hundreds of directories to ensure that your business information and data are always up-to-date.
Some of Yext’s most popular local SEO tools include:
Additionally, Yext’s services and solutions include:
ReviewTrackers is a customer review software tool that sends alerts regarding customer feedback on various review websites, making this information available in one useful dashboard.
Using ReviewTrackers, you can solicit feedback from customers, monitor reviews from various sources (e.g., Google, TripAdvisor), and track location performance.
ReviewTrackers is used by brands like Subaru, Midas, and American Family Insurance.
At the time of publication, single location plans start at $59/month, while multi-location plans start anywhere from $10-$50/month per location.
Moz Local is perhaps the most popular local SEO tool on this list. After being in business for over 10 years and trailblazing the SEO software market, you can trust in both their data and methodologies.
Moz Local works for both small and enterprise businesses, ensuring that online listings are correct and consistent, which helps to boost website visibility. Using this tool, you need only put together a listing once – Moz automates the rest of the process for you.
Moz works by sending your listings data to major search engines, apps, directories and business aggregators. The beautiful thing about this process is that if you ever need to edit your listing, it’s as simple as logging back into Moz Local to make a change – there’s no need to edit your listing on each directory individually.
Using Moz Local, you’ll receive alerts when you receive new reviews on major platforms so that you’re empowered to reply to your customers in a timely manner. Moz Local syncs with Google My Business and allows you to directly respond to Google reviews.
Apart from the features that help boost your brand name in local search, Moz also gives you location-centric reports to help you track your growth and determine key consumer interactions on your listings.
At the time of publication, pricing for Moz Local starts at $99/year — just note that this pricing doesn’t include access to their other popular SEO software tools.
Synup is an all-in-one marketing software suite specifically tailored to help with local SEO. This all-in-one solution allows you to manage your listings, monitor your analytics, and create reports.
Specifically, Synup facilitates unlimited listings updates and notifies you immediately when new reviews have been created about your business. Synup crawls over 200 local search engines and directories to catch inconsistencies.
At the time of publication, Synup costs $30 per location for the first 25 locations, with pricing scaling down as you add on more locations.
Unfortunately, none of these tools can fix glaring technical local SEO issues on your website, which is where Local SEO Checklist comes in.
Powered by Synup, the free Local SEO Checklist details the various ways you can optimize your website for local search.
Aside from the checklist, you can also use this website to:
Search Engine Journal also offers a local SEO checklist for you to follow along with.
Favored by brands such as eBay, HP, and Quora, SEMrush is a popular SEO and search analytics software tool.
SEMrush provides users with website traffic information, keyword information (most ideal for paid search needs) and other SEO data that includes useful competitor information. Perhaps SEMrush’s most popular tools include their keyword research tool, backlink checker, and competitor analysis.
SEMrush recently introduced their own listings management tool, launched in collaboration with Yext, which is currently in beta testing as of this publication.
Based on initial perceptions, it seems quite easy to use. You have to first input the data and find your location. The tool will present a list of your listings and their status for each directory website. After you make any necessary edits, SEMrush will take care of the rest – automatically updating your listings accordingly.
To sign up for this new SEMrush feature, you’ll need an SEMrush plan (which starts at $99.95/month), then add $20/month per location.
BrightLocal is one of the most popular local SEO tools, used by more than 62,000 agencies, businesses, and freelancers for analytics and reporting functions.
Top features of Bright Local include:
At the time of publication, prices start at $29/month for a single business.
Advice Local is another listings management tool that can compete with the likes of Yext for the most number of directories supported.
That said, Advice Local’s advantage over Yext is that you can manually build out local citations while Yext uses an API. However, because of this, it takes a bit longer for Advice Local to get above an 80 percent score for local directory submissions and the information supported is limited to the basics of NAP (name, address, phone number).
Additionally, like Moz, Advice Local is a complete all-in-one local SEO solution (unlike Yext, which is more directory-focused).
At the time of publication, plans start at $15/month.
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