• Justin

    Kind makes me smile at a number of levels sitting here in 2014 – http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2137923/join-local-search-authorities

  • http://www.localsearchforum.com/ Linda Buquet

    Good points all David! Just shared.

    Justin, wow that’s an oldie, but goodie. :-)

  • Guest

    I don’t like that a Moz employee recommends to everyone to be more aggressive with “gray-hat links” towards large directories. They have SEOs as well and might face problems if too many SEOs follow this advice.

  • Ralph D. Klonz

    Thanks for the reminder to be a bit more diligent on the citations. The more I have to learn the more I forget. Hope I forget the crap I don’t need…

  • http://websiteadvantage.com.au/ Tony McCreath (Tiggerito)

    Good stuff. Here are a few other things I do:

    I analyse a lot of keywords in the target market and have my software automatically score all the directories. That way I not only know which rank the best but I can also pull out which pages do the ranking. These pages are often category pages which I want to ensure my client is in. In some cases, like HotFrog, I have special code that directly reports the categories/tags I should use.

    I also make sure the business descriptions are different for these directories and the website. I don’t want them treading on each others toes and filtering each other out of the results.

  • Guest

    Justin – they really should credit one of the original sources :-)

  • Zachary Palmer

    Justin… Too funny. I still remember chatting with you at a conference before RHD purchased Local Launch. It doesn’t seem THAT long ago does it?

  • http://www.idealmedia.com Marcus at Ideal Media

    Like the idea of link building using third party profiles for barnacle SEO. I’m off the school of thought that building 1,000 bad links to Facebook will have one millionth the effect it would have of building 25 bad links to your own website ( for obvious reasons, when you look at total backlink quantity and link diversity). So if your locally oriented, why not?

  • http://www.idealmedia.com Marcus at Ideal Media

    Doubtful that many local SEOs will implement this at a large scale. An SEO Agency handling local search never has less than ten clients so the time to manually create gray hat links for each is too much.. Most likely they will just still to a few common bookmark sites, a few guest blogs, maybe point a social media site or two and move on to the next. Additionally, sites like Yelp gain hundreds of new links everyday, the majority of which are not from the dwindling segment of marketers called SEOs. Its unlikely to have a large scale impact.

  • Andrew Shotland

    I agree with Marcus, but I have definitely done some link removal projects for local directories over the past year that have been penalized by SEOs linkspamming profile pages

  • Andrew Shotland

    Hey Tiggerito, how about open-sourcing that software? :)

  • http://websiteadvantage.com.au/ Tony McCreath (Tiggerito)

    Maybe one day. It’s an extremely ugly application with buttons all over the place. It needs a lot of work to make it usable by the public.

    Also, I have other software that I’ve been cleaning up and publicising. I’ve just published a GWT data downloader and next on the list is a site crawler.

    All I need is a time travel device and I’ll get on top of all the ideas!

  • http://www.seo411.com Dominik Hussl

    That’s what I love about the SEO biz there is always outside the box thinking that works! Great article and idea thanks for sharing. I am going to test this out on one of my local customers. My focus has always been more on the property I have control over versus the big mother ships but this makes perfect sense.

  • http://www.infintechnologies.com/ infin technologies

    Here it is you will find one of the best “search engine optimization india.

  • Guest

    Same here. I disavow tons of bad profile links all day, b/c of ill advice like that.

  • Aston Reynolds

    Hey, I’ve seen this movie before. If you’re still on the fence, this is exactly what I do to make SMB’s phones ring. :-)