Picture of A Land ClaimRemember historically the land claims people had. Take a flag and mark your territory. Be careful how you answer that. It might denote how old you are. Now claiming is for small business online. Most of it is free while others may cost you a few bucks. If you are a small business startup or an established business you can benefit from listing your business. Here is how to get started in claiming your small business.

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Start by claiming your business listing on the three major search engines. It is likely that the search engines, Google, Bing, and Yahoo, already have your business unless you are completely new. Claiming your business starts by performing a search under maps section of the search engine. If the search engine doesn’t have your information you can simply add it by going to the local business center for the search engine. I’ve included the local business portal for Google, Yahoo, & Bing below. Next they will require your information like name of business, phone, address, and email. Your contact information is used to verify the legitimacy of your claim. So include email that you are going to use and phone number you want people to contact you with. The more mysterious you are the more penalized you will be. Like no visibility in search results or perhaps trust from potential customers.

Once you’ve claimed your business you can then update the information as you see fit. Appropriately describe your business and make sure this consistent in each site you list your business. You can add content like descriptions, categories, hours, and photos. If you are unsure what to do you can read how to claim your business listings or contact us to do it for you.

Here is a list of places you can claim your business listing
Localeze – Portal that updates your business information in multiple places at once
Universal Business Listing – Another Portal that updates multiple listings at once. UBL Distributes content to other local search site. This option is a paid solution.
Best of The Web
Yellow Pages – Owned by At&T.
Insider Pages
Mojo Pages

Do you know of other local search sites? Included the site by posting a comment below.