How to Choose the Right Category in Google’s Local Listings

Filed in Local Search, SEO & Web Tools by Matt McGee on February 8, 2010 1 Comment

factorsOne of the most important things a small business can do with its listing in the Google Local Business Center is choose the right category(ies). In fact, “Associating LBL w/Proper Categories” scored very highly in last year’s Local Search Ranking Factors survey (see image at right).

Mike Blumenthal, aka Professor Maps, has just released a tool that he previewed last week at GetListed Local University in Spokane. It’s a searchable database of categories in Google’s Local Business Center. If you’re not sure how to choose the right category for your business, this tool makes it easier so you can get your listing correct right from the start.

You can access the tool here. And here’s Mike’s brief explanation of how it works.

Add this one to your bookmark folder of “Local Search Tools.” Good stuff.

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  1. Thanks for the info. Local Business was good but then Yellow Pages bought the zone, so you have to advertise in YP to get on LB listing. I think that Google were testing that in Australia.

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