We recently posted an article about ranking higher in local search results by increasing citations for your business. Well, since then we came across some useful info we thought would supplement that article well.
According to Search Engine Land, BrightLocal conducted a major Citation Analysis Project between March and May of 2011. The results are based on over 480,000 Google Places listings in 100 different locations. They found over 1 million local citation sources, but narrowed the list down to 15,000. Some of these sources proved to be very effective citation opportunities as they appeared hundreds of thousands of times within Google’s citation index. Google since removed citation content from Google Places profiles and this information is no longer available to the public.
The following table is a list of the Top 50 US Citation Sources. The frequency count refers to the number of times each domain was identified on the Google Places listings analyzed.
Top 50 US Citation Sources
Search Engine Land also provides a table of the top 50 citation sources in the UK.
Furthermore, Search Engine Land provides a chart of the 5 most important factors for Local Search ranking: