Top UK Citation Sources for local businesses

Top UK Citation Sources for local businesses

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Local citations are highly important if you want your business to rank in Google’s local search results. There have been some great local citation lists put together with this one and this one immediately springing to mind.  With this list I’ve looked to try and segment the citation sites into 3 main sections. The first few are data providers that you absolutely need, followed by social networks where you can build citations and finally an A-Z list of the top 30. So without further ado, here are the top UK citation sources that every local business should check and

1). Make sure they are listed
2). Ensure their data is accurate

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Data providers for UK Citation Sites

Infoserve – feeds Yahoo!Local and Cityvisitor (although this may be changing soon).

Local Data Search – owned by the Local Data Company with clients of their data including Google, Facebook, Yell, ThomsonLocal, TomTom and more.

Nokia Prime Places – feeds Bing. Now you can go straight to Bing Places.

My 118Info – owned by Market Location and feeds 118118, BT, the Scoot network (TouchLocal, LocalMole, The Sun, The Independent) and more.

Factual – supplies content to Apple Maps, Yelp, Tripadvisor and more


Citations on social media sites

Facebook – if you have a local business page then complete your address details in the Basic Information section to get your citation.

Foursquare – find your business and either claim it or click on “Report a Problem” to update all details. Foursquare data will be used for other directory sites so do make sure your information here is up to date and accurate.

LinkedIn – create a company page and enter all contact details.

YouTube – add your NAP information in the “About” section of your videos. Here’s an example.

Twitter – add your phone number to your business profile description (and address if you can fit it in)


30 Top UK Citation Sources – business listing can be claimed and optimised

Accessplace – fed by Bizwiki (see below)

Bizwiki – you’ll have to rely on them crawling your site as it’s no longer possible to manually add information. If you find anything wrong you can use the “Report an error” facility. Information from here feeds into (above) and (below)

Brownbook – business listings can be claimed and verified

Citylocal – claim and optimise your business listing

Cityvisitor – fed by Infoserve, business listings can be claimed and verified

Cylex – listings can be claimed and optimised

Freeindex – business listings can be optimised and this is a useful site for gathering customer reviews

Hotfrog – listings can be claimed and optimised

LocalMole – fed by The Scoot Network (see below), basic business listings

LocalLife – basic and enhanced listings are available

Manta – your business listing can be claimed and fully optimised with social media links and images

MisterWhat – listings can be verified and optimised

Near – data fed by ThomsonLocal, basic listings only

Qype – now owned by Yelp but you can still claim and optimise your business here

Scoot – claim and optimise your business here and it feeds out to the Scoot network

The Independent – business directory powered by Scoot

The Sun – listings data all provided by Scoot

ThomsonLocal – basic listing can be upgraded (paid) and optimised

Tipped – listings can be claimed and optimised, also a useful site for customer reviews

TouchLocal – part of the Scoot Network, supplies data down to regional sites such as TouchBristol, etc.

Townpages – basic listings, information provided by Bizwiki

uFindus – basic listing and fed by My118Info

Wahanda -enhanced listings and reviews for spas, salons and fitness studios

Wampit -free listings available with additional options (website link, more images, etc) for a fee

WheresBest -listings can be claimed and optimised

Yalwa -full business listings available

Yell -listings can be verified and optimised, additional advertising opportunities are available

Yelp -listings can be claimed and optimised, additional advertising opportunities are available. Important site for customer reviews.

Zettai -basic business listings available


Take care of everything on the list above and you’ll have a solid foundation on which to further enhance your local search visibility. There are literally hundreds of possible citations and I’ve tried to cover all the main ones. If anyone has any additional major citations they feel are missing then please feel free to add to the comments below.


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Nick Rink

Managing Director at Smart Local
Nick runs Smart Local from its base in Wimbledon and writes about local search, social media, the mobile web and other online marketing issues affecting small businesses.

17 responses to “Top UK Citation Sources for local businesses

  1. Great stuff, Nick. I like the notes/details you provide on each site. Methinks with a bit of work you could put together a nice “UK Local Search Ecosystem” infographic.

  2. That’s an awesome list, Nick! Thanks for the mention, too! Regarding what Phil said, I believe David Mihm has been working and even presented (at SearchLove London last year) a Local Search Ecosystem for the UK. I am not sure about the details, but I just wanted to let you know that you might like to first consult with him on this matter.

    Thanks again!

    1. Thanks for the comment Nyagoslav and for the heads up on David Mihm’s work. Wasn’t aware that he’d done one for the UK so will reach out and check before starting any work.

  3. I’ve been looking at collecting a list of local citation websites for the past month or so and this had all mine and some more. Great work Nick.

  4. Thanks for compiling this list, Nick – great stuff!

    A quick question about Local Data Search… It seems to just focus on retail businesses (and there seems to be a lot of restaurants – what about for more general business, e.g. a client of mine is a cleaning company. Is it still worth a go?

    1. Hi Steve, thanks for stopping by. Yeah, LDS and their parent company LDC do tend to focus more on pure retail type businesses than service oriented. If your client is a dry cleaners then it’s a definite yes. If they’re a domestic / commercial cleaning company then perhaps no.

    1. Hi Malcolm. Thanks, glad you like the list – am currently in the process of updating it!
      Regarding cleanup, that’s something I’d be happy to take care of. Do it for clients on a regular basis.

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