Local SEO Strategies – Big List of Profile Sites: Business and Personal

Posted on 07. Feb, 2011 by + in Search Engine Optimization

You can have one website that you optimize really well that appears as one of the ten listings in the search results. OR you can have a website, a press release, Google Local profile, a Slideshow, and a Hubpage, and exist on FIVE of the ten positions. Which would you prefer?

This post shows you how to leverage authority sites to get more positive content online that is optimized for your name and your local keywords.

Someone in ABC City Florida searching for a financial planner might search for “ABC City financial planner” verses just “financial planner.” They know from using search engines that localizing their search will produce more targeted results. And if you’ve got content published that is optimized for that search term (notice I said “content” not just “a website”), you can put your company in front of them at the exact moment they are searching for your solutions.

Keyword Optimization vs. Reputation Management

There are two main reasons that most people/companies are looking to optimize – and there’s a reason why this is important coming up in the next subheading.

1. For keywords that their target audience is looking for: in order to attract the target audience that is looking for products and services for which they provide a solution

2. For their name or their company’s name: To push down negative comments or reviews, or to create a larger more dominant positive presence when customers do their due diligence to research a company or person.

While both require “search engine optimization,” there are slightly different tactics. I mention this because many local businesses are doing too much of one and not enough of the other. Or they are doing some of both, but not as effectively as they could.

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The TITLE TAG and URL of the page is the most critical part of the page in terms of optimization. When you’re publishing content on authority sites, you want to look for those that USE YOUR TERM IN THE TITLE TAG AND if possible, THE URL.

  • In order to rank for YOUR KEYWORD like “ABC Financial Planner,” you want that term to be in the title tag and URL.
  • If you want to rank for YOUR COMPANY NAME, you want your company name to be in the title tag and URL.
  • If you want to rank for YOUR NAME, then you want your name in the title tag and URL.

Ok, so how do you do that if you don’t have control over the sites where you’re publishing the content? That’s where this post comes in handy. Below, you’ll find a list that is separated into 3 parts: Keyword, Company, and Individual. Depending on your goal, you can look to these sites to publish content in order to build more positive search engine optimized content. That doesn’t mean that the content is magically going to dominate the first page as soon as you publish it. Where it ranks will greatly depend on the amount of pages also optimized for that content and various other factors. Some things you can do to improve the rankings of your new pages are to build links to them (for example: in the sidebar of your blog and in blog comments, and in your Google Local Profile) and to do a good job optimizing the titles.  Look at other profiles on these same sites and see which fields are being pulled for the title tag and URL. This will help you to create a more optimized title tag and URL.

List of Profile Sites that can be optimized for a COMPANY name:

List of Profile Sites that can be optimized for an INDIVIDUAL’S name:

Profile Sites That Can Be Optimized for a Company and/or Business

Profiles that Must Be Connected To Published Content

  • Online PR Media (Press releases are one of the only types of content that can be optimized for keywords, Company Names, or Individual Names)
  • Many directories: search for {keyword} + “add your site” or {keyword} + “submit url” or {keyword} + “add url” and similar terms
  • Biznik (Individual)
  • Work.com (Individual)
  • Scribd (Business or Individual)
  • HubPages (Business or Individual)
  • Docstoc (Business or Individual)
  • eZine Articles (Individual)
  • Slideshare (Business or Individual)

95 Responses to “Local SEO Strategies – Big List of Profile Sites: Business and Personal”

  1. indovision

    17. Nov, 2012

    Thank you for these lists! I’m glad I found this complete online business profile post.

  2. Esymo

    22. Nov, 2012

  3. SEO Expert

    13. Dec, 2012

    Great company profile creating list. I am very glad to see this useful list.

  4. Hayley Wilson

    02. Jan, 2013

    The lists is so awesome and it will raise the rank and traffic my website.,
    Hayley Wilson recently posted..What exactly does SEO mean, and what are ‘white hat/black hat’ strategies?

  5. Tara Geissinger

    Tara Geissinger

    10. Jan, 2013

    I don’t think there is any ONE thing that will be enough for great rankings. The key to effective SEO is to put together an overall plan that combines lots of little things — all working together to bring you better visibility. In the same sense, rarely is distributing one press release enough. It’s the consistent posting of quality content (press releases, articles, blog posts, etc…) that is going to attract the attention of readers. I hope that helps!

  6. Tara Geissinger

    Tara Geissinger

    15. Jan, 2013

    Thanks Taiga! We’re glad you found it helpful!

  7. The lists is so awesome, thanks for nice sharing a list.

  8. Md. Ismail Hossen

    06. Feb, 2013

    Thanks Christine OKelly,

    Your post is very helpful for me. Its really works for me.

  9. Jesse

    06. Feb, 2013

    This is a very useful list. All recommended sites are very good. I am using this list for optimizing my client’s websites. Thanks a lot!
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  10. Speed Test

    13. Feb, 2013

    @Christine OKelly! Thanks for sharing huge list of profile linking, I read on my discussion forums and blogs that profile links have no value but my personal experience is that profile linking is so much stronger then any task in SEO.


  11. Christine OKelly

    Christine OKelly

    13. Feb, 2013

    I agree with you Speed Test — there are lots of opinions (that change over time) about which links have value and which don’t — but we have to define the word “value.” Many directories are used to provide citations that impact Google Local results:


    Also, exposure on different sites only give you more exposure. In many cases, directories and review sites are what shows up in the search engines. Here’s an example: http://bit.ly/X8Zzj3

    Great discussion!

  12. Bruce

    12. Mar, 2013

    Always better to be in the top spot(s) for your key search term, good example of leveraging more than just your website for SEO power.
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  13. Tanarika

    20. Mar, 2013

    Hi Thank you very much for this list of Social profile website. they are providing backlinks. thanks alot.

  14. Trevor Ambrose

    28. Mar, 2013

    This is such a good detailed list for a business profile. I’m going to start listing. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Tara Geissinger

    Tara Geissinger

    30. Mar, 2013

    Glad you liked it Trevor! :)

  16. Dipti Innovation

    05. Apr, 2013

    Great list, thanks for sharing.
    Do you have a bookmarking sites list.

  17. Tom

    18. Jun, 2013

    Thank you for these lists!. The lists is so awesome. Your post is very helpful for me.

  18. Tushar Taliyan

    05. Jul, 2013

    Thank You for the list…this will be greatly helpful.
    BTW since this post is quite old…i would really appreciate if you could enlist a few more business and executive profile sites.

  19. Tara Geissinger

    Tara Geissinger

    10. Jul, 2013

    Great idea! We will look at updating this post very soon. Thanks! :)

  20. @Dean Mammales

    17. Sep, 2013

    Really, a great collection of social media sites for Seo.
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  21. Bhavik Vyas

    18. Oct, 2013

    Excellent list of websites. I would love to bookmark this.

    thanks for sharing

  22. Elouise Stogden

    15. Dec, 2013

    Intriguing post. Provided my own knowledge

  23. Rishu Madaan

    20. Dec, 2013

    Great Work on Business Listing. Do you have list of particular country oriented citation sites list?

  24. Shekhar Bhalla

    26. Dec, 2013

    A great Information is published here that will be help full to increase SERP

  25. Tara Geissinger

    Tara Geissinger

    26. Dec, 2013

    Hi Rishu, no we do not currently have a list broken out by country. Great idea though!

  26. kenn maagad

    05. Jan, 2014

    This is a great list. Very nice that you came up with this idea.
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  27. Thomas

    18. Jan, 2014

    Good list! But you should definitely update it… a lot of the sites you linked to are already down (like Ziggs and Connecture)

  28. Adam Methew

    21. Jan, 2014

    Great list. Please tell me some business profiling websites. Like aboutus.org etc.

  29. Tara Geissinger

    Tara Geissinger

    21. Jan, 2014

    Great idea Thomas! We’ll put an update on our editorial calendar. Thanks!

  30. M. Rameez Ul Haq

    21. Feb, 2014

    Many many thanks for providing great tips over local seo process
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  36. totalbizinfo

    17. Apr, 2014

    Thanks for sharing the list…

    Here is one more good Business Profile Site : http://totalbizinfo.com

  37. Shanmugam

    26. Apr, 2014

    Great job,
    Tank you for useful post

  38. Asad

    30. Apr, 2014

    yes i am totally agreed with you, local target is much important for every company who want good benefits from generic traffic.

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    07. May, 2014

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  40. syed

    19. May, 2014

    what i always thought is there should be a wikipedia of componies only. people should have dedicted for the registerd companies only

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    25. Jun, 2014

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    12. Apr, 2015

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