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Some popular sites to consider for free listings

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Google Places

click on Business Solutions at the bottom

  • Google is the dominant search engine in the U.S. market with approximately 65.5 percent of the market share.
  • In addition to basic information, you can include photos, offers and promotions.

Yellow Pages

  • Free listings include a brief description of your business.
  • Yellow Pages listings allow you to place your business into relevant categories, which is useful when a consumer is searching for a specific service, like boat covers.

Super Media

  • Similar to Yellow Pages.
  • You can add a coupon to your listing to promote a special offer or discount.


  • In addition to basic information, Yahoo includes a link to your website at no additional charge.


  • This is a site for consumers to search for and rate local businesses.
  • Also tied into Google maps.

Hot Frog

  • U.S. business directory similar to Yelp.
  • Allows you to add an extensive description, provide information about products and services and select keywords that you want associated with your business for searches.

Charlene Clark is co-owner of Signature CanvasMakers in Hampton, Va.

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