How To Find Businesses Online

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Find A Business Online

You're having a party, and you need to find the best caterer in your town.

Or, you're looking for a dry cleaning service that will take care of your designer clothing. You may even be searching for a new family dentist, or need to know where you have have your favorite shoes repaired.

Whatever the case, you need to find businesses in your area that can provide you with the services that you need.

Not sure where to start?

Here are a few resources that may help.

If you're online often (and most people are these days) you can look through the Google directory in order to find businesses in your city that you may be interested in. There are several descriptions of companies in the directory that will give you some background information on the company before you visit in person.

Find Businesses That Have Customer Reviews

You may also be able to get some customer reviews about the businesses that you're interested in, so you can get some background information about the customer service that is offered at your nearest retail store, the quality of the food at a restaurant in your area, or the attentiveness of the family doctor in the clinic closest to your home.

Yahoo Can Help You Find Businesses Online

Yahoo also has a great directory that you can refer to when you are trying to find businesses in your area. This business directory can be extremely specific to your area, since you can enter your zip code, as well as the miles that are willing to travel to get to the company.

You'll find a link to the business on the directory site, as well as a phone number and address for the business, in case you have additional questions about the services that are offered before you visit the company in person.

Another Way To Find Businesses Online Is The Yellow Pages

Of course, the Yellow Pages is one of the most trusted ways to find businesses all over the world. But, chances are you don't have time to search through the phone book to find the best small business owners in your area. So, you can refer to sites like www.switchboard.com or www.yellowpages.com in order to look for businesses that are not just in your area, but all over the country.

You'll get all the information that you need for contacting the business, and you may find a few comments that will give you customer feedback on the reliability of the business.

There are also links to the Better Business Bureau on these sites, so you can investigate the business that you want to find out if there have been complaints or grievances filed against the business in the past before you spend your money there.

If you are living in Australia and want to save some time and find exactly what it is you are looking for fast, then you might consider using AussieWeb online business directory where all the guess work has been eliminated for you and will only show you businesses related to your area.

AussieWeb is considered to be Australia's best free online search directory for businesses.

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Business Directories Are The Fastest Way To Find What You Want

If you're looking for a new doctor's office after moving to a new area, can't find a cleaners to take your clothing to, or haven't been able to find the best places to get an oil change, you'll want want to take advantage of live or online business directories.

These lists will give you all the information that you need to find companies that you can trust, without the hassle of driving around the city.

One of the best online business directories out there is www.kudzu.com. You can find any business on the site, so whether you're looking for a great place to eat this weekend, or need to find a chiropractor, this site will point you in the right direction.

The phone numbers and email addresses for the businesses you want are listed on the site, as well as a short description of the service and products you can expect to receive once you arrive.

There are also a number of reviews on the site from other individuals in your area that have visited these locations before, so you can learn which cafes have the best coffees--and which doctors are great with kids.

You may also want to take a look at www.citysearch.com if you want to find online business directories that will tell you everything you need to know about your new city. Each of the businesses on the site has a rating, so you'll get information on the customer service and quality of products that are offered by the company before your first visit.

Keep in mind that many of the reviews that you will find on the site may not be favorable, since people will tell you whether or not they received quality service at a retail establishment, or will let you know whether or not a restaurant serves authentic food.

You'll also be able to find a number of great spas and salons on the site, so if you're looking for some great places to relax in the city, CitySearch is definitely a reliable resource.

You can also find some detailed business directories just by checking your email. If you have an AOL account, be sure to use the City Guide feature to find out all about some of the great places you can take the family for a local vacation, or to find out which automobile repair shops offer the best service.

Yahoo Directory and MSN also have local features that will let you know which companies are hiring, as well as how you can plan a fun weekend for visitors by making reservations at great places in the city. Good luck!

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How To Use The Business Directory Listings

If you're searching through a business directory because you're looking for services like finding a new family doctor, or you need to find a qualified mechanic to work on your car, you'll need to be looking for business directory listings that are as detailed as possible.

The listing should include the full name of the company, the phone number(s) where customer service representatives can be reached, and the business' full address.

You should also be looking for a summary in the business directory of the businesses services that the company offers, and in some cases, you'll also be able to find some customer reviews that will let you know about the customer service and expertise of the business employees.

Be sure to read more than one customer review if you can, so that you can get a well-rounded opinion of the business before your visit, especially if you are going to receive a major service.

Some business directory listings also have a rating system that you should definitely pay attention to. This is usually a 'star' system, and the more stars a business receives, the more qualified it usually is to provide you with the services that you need.

This system is especially helpful if you're looking for a new beauty salon or spa, and the listing should also detail the services that these businesses offer, so that you'll know if there is a trained professional there that can take care of your beauty needs. You can also search business directory listings with the 'star' rating if you're looking for the best restaurants in your city.

Referring to the directory will help you to find a great place to eat if you're planning a special occasion or are having friends and family come into town.

Want to find business directory listings that can help?

As we have mentioned above if you live in the U.S.A you can log onto sites like www.citysearch.com in order to find all the businesses in your area that you may be interested in, no matter what you're searching for.

For those living in Australia another premier Business Directory is True Local where you can search by state or even city to find the professional business you need.

The online version of the Yellow Pages is also very helpful--you can find companies based on the side of town you live on, or how far you're willing to travel.

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The Incredible SuperPages

The Superpages site is one of the most popular online business directories.

One visit will show you why!

The site has a little bit of everything. Studies show that conducting local searches is gaining popularity, as more and more consumers tack on their geographic location to their search engine terms.

Additionally, the vast majority of online shoppers check out online video and web reviews before making a purchase. At this directory site, you'll find all this and more.

Get Exposure For Your Business On SuperPages

There are many ways for large, small and local business owners to gain exposure at www.advertising.superpages.com/spportal, as you can gain information on local advertising opportunities. To get started, there are free listing opportunities.

You will just include your business location, hours and contact info, as well as write a brief description of your products and services, selecting appropriate business categories to aid in your search.

You may want to add special enhancements to help your listing stand out from the crowd. Color, italics, bold text, custom fonts, an icon or logo image, larger font size, highlighting or an extra line of text may all boost your site's exposure.

Super Pages Also Offers Pay Per Click

There are also pay-per-click opportunities that allow you to create your own ad, which will allow customers to click to your site. You'll make your ad targeted to a specific geographic location to get the highest quality traffic. Next, you'll include a headline, a description and a URL.

You can place your local service into numerous categories to maximize your search results.

You will then pay Superpages (usually a few cents) only when someone clicks on your ad and visits your site.

The advantage of pay-per-click is prominent positioning on numerous pages that can catch the viewers' eye while browsing normal text listings.

Super Pages Is A Great Tool For Business And Consumers

This handy site is not just an advertising tool, though. It's also extremely useful for consumers. College students, for example, will find the site very helpful when navigating around a new town.

You can look up businesses based on their proximity to your school. When you first move, you'll want to find the nearest pizza places, churches, bookstores, coffee houses, movie theaters, self-service laundry facilities, banks, grocery stores and shopping centers.

If family or friends are coming to town, then you may want to look up hotels or restaurants. Over the years, you may want to move off-campus, so the apartment search will come in especially handy.

Resources To Help You Get The Most Out Of Business Directories

Do you know of other great directories that could be added here, add your comments and let us know. 4 comments

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CarNoobz 3 years ago from USA

You know, this is a constant source of frustration for me. For instance, last week I wanted to make reservations at a nice restaurant in Honolulu for Valentine's Day. So I just googled the name of the restaurant I wanted, and several sites came up that mentioned the place...but none of them were the "official" website for this restaurant with the current contact info. All of them had the old phone number -- which was disconnected -- so I ended up making reservations somewhere else.

Now I know...I should use an app so that it will give me info straight from the business itself. Thanks =)


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matryx 3 years ago from Australia Author

Hi CarNoobz

Yes unfortunately many businesses know to list their sites into the directories but once that is done they seem to neglect the listing by not updating it with relevant information.

Imagine how much more pleasant your experince would have been with that restaurant if all the details were up to date, now sadly it has left a bad taste in your mouth.

By the way have a great Valentines day and I hope the food was worth the effort.


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ikechiawazie 3 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Great article


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matryx 3 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks

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