Trying to find out what a Google map citation is, and how it benefits a Google map listing? So many people talk about how important it is to have citations, but no one seems to actually come out and say EXACTLY what the heck a citation IS.
So here you go:
Answer: A Google local search map listing citation is simply mentions of your business Name, Address & Number (NAP) from across the web on other websites.
Consistency Is Important
Having the same phone number, address, and business name consistently in all your business directories and citations (mentions of your name, address, and phone number) across the internet is important and helps your map listing rank higher in local map searches.
Quality Citations Are Important
The quality of your citations for your NAP listings is important, get them from places like…
- Angie’s List
- Yahoo Local
- Dex Knows
- City Search
- Service Magic
Citations also validate that a business is part of a community. It’s hard to fake membership in a chamber of commerce or a city or county business index, or being written about in a local online newspaper or popular blog.