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There are millions of small businesses that still, despite the obvious benefits it can provide, have not leveraged the Internet for its sales and marketing potential. The arguments against local Web marketing escape me. It certainly can't be cost, as all major search engines generously provide free listings. And it certainly can't be too complicated, because with just an Internet connection and an hour, a local small business owner can do a world of good for the business.

Patrick Sexton and David Mihm launched, and if you're new to the Web, this resource should be one of your first stops.'s flagship product, the LocalDashboard™, shows business owners simply and clearly where their businesses exist on major search engines like Google Maps and Yahoo! Local. The tool displays information like business name, address, phone number, and website address as they are indexed by these major engines.

Small business owners see immediately whether their business is listed properly by the search engines, and whether they have claimed their listings. The LocalDashboard provides easy links for business owners to claim and update their information directly at each individual search engine. Additional details such as photos and videos, along with customer reviews, and mentions of their business are displayed as well. These factors combine to form a "Listing Score," a simple percentage that indicates how effectively a business is taking advantage of the tools. A checklist is provided for business owners interested in taking specific steps to improve their listings.

"We hope this tool will help small business owners become aware of the free opportunities to market their companies online, and alleviate some of the confusion many of them feel when it comes to the search engines," commented Sexton.

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DavidC 01-23-2009 6:32 PM

Singles Meeting Other Singles

ChandrasomaP 01-23-2009 9:36 PM

Small business owners like me are constantly looking for ways of making the presence of our businesses felt in the eyes of potential customers. This info on GetListing is timely and useful.

SriG ( stepper ) 01-24-2009 2:09 PM

Very good article.  Very good information about the importance of local listing.

DiannaK 01-26-2009 8:48 AM

Pete, Have you found that this local service listing offers you an opportunity to optimize the listing for specific search terms or does it have generic fields?

I love helping local businesses get listed for free, even if they do not have a website, it makes all the difference.  If I'm in a highrise in downtown Tampa and I want an Italian sub for lunch, all I have to do is pull up Google local and type that service in and If a mom & pop restaurant has taken advantage of this free service, I can find them and what they offer through their search terms.

Boda Bing!  I have just found a quant little subshop that I didn't know existed and it didn't cost them anything except a  little time!

Have you also reviewed Merchant Circle?  This is a great resource that also offers the capability of a free blog and coupon maker for a local business as well.

Thanks for the great post!  I'll check them out :)

Benson SuccessO 01-30-2009 2:25 AM

Dear Friends,

I am new to the internet business.

I just bought 3 domains from

I had registerd with but I dont know how to go about building my website.

I want to also sell in Ebay and build Ebay store.

I have very lettle to spend. Can anyone help/guid me buld my new websits.


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