Laustin1878

Member
Joined
Sep 27, 2012
Messages
412
Reaction score
40
I've been using some of the free trials for citation tracking tools to to see which will I like the best. As a result, I've been reading a bunch lately and one thing thing I can't wrap my head around is how do you choose which "service" to pay for and which not when it comes to seed NAP services. i.e. Yahoo listing was inaccurate per a report. I went to investigate further, was led to their small business portal and they want $90 for 3 months to update. Is it worth it?

One thing that especially gets me is that if you stop paying for the seed NAP services, the listing goes back to it's original state. I get it, everyone wants their money but some of them are more steep then others. It just makes the decision even harder to choose which one to buck up for.

How are you managing listings for your clients within these paid tools? Have you found several of one or several of the other cover more bases? As with all sorts of tools, there is only so much money to go towards these things. Trying to maximize my dollar the best I can.
 

JoshuaMackens

Local Search Expert
Joined
Sep 12, 2012
Messages
1,950
Reaction score
579
Yahoo's local service is Yext white-labeled, just a heads up.

We only use Moz Local and then manually build all other citations.

Yext is too expensive in my opinion when that money goes much further in other services.

Also, I would encourage you to find a good citation builder in Odesk. It's much cheaper than hiring a citation building service. I pay about 1/8 the normal cost per citation.
 

mborgelt

Member
Joined
Jul 22, 2012
Messages
479
Reaction score
155
Like Joshua said, I would try to find someone who has experience building and cleaning citations rather than use a service. Like you said a lot of these tools have an expiration date and we have seen clients come to us with more problems with their citations after using these services. Someone experienced in citation building will know work around solutions for sites like Yahoo and will know the best way to get your information cleaned and keep it that way. I would manually build and maintain what you can but when you hit a brick wall definitely consult an individual who specializes in citation building and cleaning
 
Joined
Mar 27, 2015
Messages
35
Reaction score
15
I have used Moz Local with over 80+ accounts and have seen good results (start when it was only $45, so got a good deal). I have also used White Sparks, Bright Local, Yahoo Listings. But for some reason all of these softwares did not run as consistent as I thought they would. I like White Spark and Bright Local but have had better luck with Moz Local + i'm located in Seattle so gotta represent #localcompanies. Once we set an account up we manually add new owns as we go. Also Moz Local does not support multiple business, which I hope they add soon.
 

Laustin1878

Member
Joined
Sep 27, 2012
Messages
412
Reaction score
40
Like Joshua said, I would try to find someone who has experience building and cleaning citations rather than use a service. Like you said a lot of these tools have an expiration date and we have seen clients come to us with more problems with their citations after using these services. Someone experienced in citation building will know work around solutions for sites like Yahoo and will know the best way to get your information cleaned and keep it that way. I would manually build and maintain what you can but when you hit a brick wall definitely consult an individual who specializes in citation building and cleaning
I want to be that person...lol The one who has that knowledge. I want to be the one who possesses that knowledge to work around for these paid services. Thats my light at the end of the tunnel. That is my near term goal.

I have not tried Moz Local yet. I've seen a lot of good comments about the service but I have also seen some negative regarding listings going back to their original state after you stop paying for Moz Local. Any validity to this? Wouldn't this be the same predicament as Yahoo/Yext?

I guess it comes down to trial and error to see what works best for me. I feel like I just need to be more efficient and build value into a service.

Thank you for your time and insightful responses. It's most appreciated.
 
Joined
Mar 27, 2015
Messages
35
Reaction score
15
I would use MozLocal if your looking for the best results for your money. I have used there support many times and had no issues yet. But my only issue is they don't support multiple locations. That is why I use Yahoo local listing because its easier to add multiple locations and verify them. However it does cost around $90 every 3 months. But if you company has multiple locations then I think it would be worth the investment. However I would also use bright local free trial so that you can use there local citation tool that will give you insight on citation your missing or need to fix.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
M Client Says SEO Should Be Paid By Commission Only Consultant's Corner 15
K Let's talk 2020 paid backlinks - is black hat winning? Organic SEO 4
J Is GMB Preparing for Paid Listings? Google My Business & Google Maps 4
djbaxter Google: All Guests Posts Should Be Nofollow, Paid or Not Organic SEO 5
K How to attribute PAID MAP Ads vs a ORGANIC MAP / GMB traffic Google My Business & Google Maps 12
mattrigg Branded Paid Search - Impacts Google My Business from showing Paid Search and Local Service Ads 6
CJCJR Rise & Fall: Local Service Page via Paid Links Local Search 4
iFuse Hiring a Local Paid Search Manager Local SEO Job Board 0
CraigJMount Rheem's Paid Link Program Local Search 6
djbaxter Can Paid Search Targeting Brand Keywords Kill Your SEO? Organic SEO 0
Garrett Sussman Paid Advertising Solutions For Hyperlocal Businesses: The Most Bang For Your Buck Local Reviews 2
pbarnhart Yelp Flags Paid Reviews Via [Name Removed] Local Reviews 4
JoshuaMackens Overstock's Comment on Paid Search Local Search 0
CodyBaird Angie's List Paid Advertising: How much monthly? Any success with dental clients Marketing 1
DanLeibson Google Testing New Paid Home Services Local Pack Paid Search and Local Service Ads 10
Dino Pushing Organic Rank with Paid Ads Organic SEO 11
Linda Buquet Monetizing Local - Google Testing New Paid Ads that Look Like a Pack - From #SMX Google My Business & Google Maps 4
M Localeze Free Update vs Paid True Identity Citations 2
Linda Buquet Google Testing Paid Local Shopping Ads with a Map Pack? Google My Business & Google Maps 3
Adamk YEXT and Paid Links Local Search 0
Phil Rozek Interesting paid Q&A site - Tuteable.com Consultant's Corner 0
Travis Van Slooten ServiceMagic Becomes HomeAdvisor (and only Paid listings now)? Local Search 11
localsearchguy Is a Paid Listing a Citation? Citations 19
M Google Local Services Ads - Lack of Leads Paid Search and Local Service Ads 13
Mike Yem Remove 3rd party messaging service All Things Google My Business [PRIVATE] (LocalU) 2
harmony How Does Google Choose Service Options in a Review? Local Reviews 6
abbiebeltran Google Reviews Now Have 'Service-Testimonial-Tags' at the Top Local Reviews 1
S Local Services Ads - Fake Reviews Local Reviews 1
L Does selecting a service area for hidden address business have negative effects? Moving or Name Changes 1
U Google showing location of Service Area Business Service Area Businesses 2
mikepetersonwi Products and Services for Insurance Agency NAP, Categories, Dashboard Data 1
Y Editing Service Areas Service Area Businesses 8
K Google & Google Users Removing Items From Service Menu Google My Business & Google Maps 4
Wary Goose Anyone used the Business Banking Service GMB Category in the U.S. yet? NAP, Categories, Dashboard Data 5
Colan Nielsen NEW Google My Business is Testing "Services" Justifications Google News: Important Changes & Features 6
swmaher Reporting Spamming Service Area Businesses Spam on Google 4
rutkap Youtube video laying out the biggest problem in locksmith services Spam on Google 2
djbaxter Online Conference Pubcon Local Services Marketing Conference, January 20-21, 2021 Events 3
L Local Service Ad for Attorney Paid Search and Local Service Ads 1
djbaxter Google services down Dec 14, 2020: Google Ads, Google Analytics, Search Console, more Google News: Important Changes & Features 1
Koray Tuğberk GÜBÜR GMB Listing Services and Products Local Search 2
H Map Pack Ads for Service Area Business Google My Business & Google Maps 4
A Multiple service based locations in different provinces with one physical address Multi-Location Issues 1
C Help with service page optimization Organic SEO 20
JoyHawkins Are Local Services Ads Stealing Clicks from Google My Business? A Case Study of 110 Listings Paid Search and Local Service Ads 0
DragonXD SEMrush and citation service in Denmark NAP, Categories, Dashboard Data 4
Caroline S 1 Service Area Business, 10 Listings, Several Redressals Reported, No Action From Google - Help! Help & Support for Google Local 7
M Decreased traffic to Google maps due to local service ads Paid Search and Local Service Ads 1
mikepetersonwi Insurance Products vs Services NAP, Categories, Dashboard Data 5
Stef Kiley GMB Service area changes? Google My Business & Google Maps 2

Similar threads

Login / Register

Already a member?   LOG IN
Not a member yet?   REGISTER

Most UpVoted Answers

LocalU Podcasts

  Promoted Posts

New advertising option: A review of your product or service posted by a Sterling Sky employee. This will also be shared on the Sterling Sky & LSF Twitter accounts, our Facebook group, LinkedIn, and both newsletters. More...
Google Product Exert


Top Bottom