Google Places is responsible for all of the local results you find on the top of Google’s search pages. Businesses that take advantage of high rankings with Google Places are getting more exposure than their weak competition.
So, what does Google Places look for when they rank local businesses?
Many of you are probably thinking backlinks. Many of you are wrong.
The regular Google algorithm counts backlinks as a “vote” for your site in the regular search engine results, but those fancy shmancy local results that pop up at the top of the page are Google Places results and Google places doesn’t give a rat’s a** about backlinks. What they do care about are citations.
A citation is when your business name, address, and telephone number appear on the web. What does this tell you? It should tell you that you need to get as many citations as possible!
(You can learn a ton more about Google Places by watching this video.)
Here is a list of sites that Google Local considers a reputable source when gathering citation counts. so, stop what you’re doing and get listed in these directories…